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The holiday season is a time for gathering, celebrating, relaxing and enjoying the company of loved ones. However, we also are in viral respiratory season as both influenza and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) are surging with COVID-19 continuing in the background. It remains important to p…

Once upon a time there was a column called Bless Your Heart. People wrote nice things about their friends, neighbors and local businesses. It was hopeful. That has all changed.

The U.S. soccer team seems to have captured part of the national imagination, again. We appear to have advanced in the World Cup, though I imagine most Americans do not understand how or why we have advanced. Succeeding is important to Americans and our team has managed to appear to be winne…

There is a big issue regarding family court and its proceedings: An unprecedented number of cases are being scheduled at the same time leaving families from all different backgrounds more vulnerable than they should have been.

We of the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism (CAR) have advocated for school bus drivers, safety assistants, custodians and other facility services workers for many years. By participating in school board meetings we observed a meanspiritedness expressed during the public comment period.

The holiday season is a time for gathering, celebrating, relaxing and enjoying the company of loved ones. However, we also are in viral respiratory season as both influenza and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) are surging with COVID-19 continuing in the background. It remains important to p…

Lincoln’s first inaugural address reviews the antagonisms rending America in 1861. The address concludes with one of the most affecting passages in political literature: “I am loath to close. We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion has strained, it must not bre…

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If you were a kid in the 1940s and 50s, you’ll remember your dad’s wallet — it was a brown, leather billfold, not a tri-fold.

I read with interest Mr. John Cleary’s recent submission (“Change is necessary,” Nov. 5-7). In it, Mr. Cleary claims that never in his 80 some years has he “felt such visceral fear as in the last two years.” Let’s think about that.

It’s another day of white-knuckle driving along with close-call crashes in Greenville. At hand are cars in the center lane turning right, turning left, both trying to do so at the same place and same time.

I am an octogenarian. My life spans nine decades. I have witnessed the after-effects of the Great Depression. I have lived through stagnations, inflations and recessions. That’s what happens in a capitalist culture.

Cheri Beasley swore me in as mayor of Kinston in 2017, and she has always gone above and beyond to help folks and advocate for the safety of North Carolina’s communities. So I know Cheri will be a champion for law enforcement across the country, despite claims to the contrary.

We are now in the middle of early voting in the midterm election. We know that millions and millions of people opt out of voting during the midterms, thinking that they are not as important as the years when we are choosing a president. Friends, we do not have the luxury of thinking that thi…

During this most recent political season, I have observed many more false accusations and critiques of character rather than ideas regarding policy or the candidate’s intent. Nowhere more blatantly have I seen this than in our own District 9 House race between Brian Farkas and Tim Reeder.

Mid-term elections have brought anger, incivility, negativity and disinformation that dismay and exhaust us in our attempts to sort fact from fiction. Our nation’s extreme polarization on vitally important issues threatens our republic’s most fundamental democratic ideals. Our political part…