It is an honor to serve Pitt County’s 9th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. As we approach my first two months in office, I wanted to reach out directly to constituents and provide updates on what is happening on the ground in Raleigh. It is important for elected repre…

According to the information presented in a recent Daily Reflector article, two Pitt County Board of Education members, Worth Forbes and Benji Forrest, encouraged parents to closely monitor the teaching of critical race theory within the school system.

Seeing a photo of Eddie Smith at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the city’s Wildwood Park unveiling was no surprise to me. If you look up the definition of giving back to the community of Greenville, you will find the name Eddie Smith and Grady White Boats. Eddie’s dedication to our community…

The Reflector’s front page story “Businesses question Biden” on Oct. 13 was pathetic. It featured a handful of business people led by a person who voted with 146 so-called Republicans to over-throw 2020 election.

There was a time in American political history where the parties acted in good faith and were collegial in their interactions. They would argue their positions on the floor then in the evening clink glasses at the local congressional hangout.

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More than 2 million Americans live with limb loss or limb difference, but two-thirds won’t receive a prosthetic device. There is not much information to explain why or if people are getting access to the care they need. That’s why I’m urging Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. Alma S…

Compute North is seeking Pitt County land to develop a Cryptocurrency Farm. I am writing to strongly oppose building the facility on the land adjoining Belvoir School Road. The facility will produce noise pollution which will negatively impact Belvoir Elementary School, the neighborhoods and…

I found John Hood’s Oct. 5 report on his work with the North Carolina Leadership Forum to be interesting and valuable. At the forum they bring together leaders who “... differ by profession, background, and politics.” They try to apply the wisdom that “to engage someone respectfully ... does…

How vital to a nation is its citizens’ sense of community? We Americans belong to various communities: church, school, political party, profession. Each community depends on how strongly individuals find identity in membership. Most of us find it meaningful to affirm, “I am a Methodist” or “…

It was very refreshing and encouraging to listen to President Biden’s Sept. 21 speech to the U.N. General Assembly. It was so heartening to hear his turn toward increased diplomacy and away from an emphasis on increasing military might.

The DR has published two letters with differing opinions about the withdrawal from Afghanistan. That reflects that retreat during war is never clean and easy. President Biden was handed the short end of a done deal brokered by his predecessor and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that sold out …

It’s time for the Democrats to nationalize this and all future elections. The Republican Party is no longer a political party that acts in good faith, they have no intention of governing, they only exist to perpetuate their own power through third-world techniques of cheating, gerrymandering…

Parents and grandparents should be proud to feed their children healthy vegan foods, and will hopefully consider going vegan themselves. (Kathy Kolasa, “Vegan diets present nutritional challenges for children,” Sept. 22.)

In the late 1960s a youth culture emerged in our country that professed to hate America. Those of that culture who did not flee to Canada to protect themselves from the consequences of their choices, expressed their malevolence through urban rioting and violence. They abused those Americans …

The dilemma facing America is citizens have been too spoiled by the very spirit of the representative, democratic government we created. Our Constitution has provided us with a political petard upon which to hoist ourselves. Ironically, Americans established a republic form of democracy wher…

Bobby Burns’ article “The Time for Unity is Now” was spot on. Unfortunately when you have contributors like Bill Redding, Dewey Funkhouser and Robert Tyson reach out for unity with an ax instead of an olive branch it makes it pretty hard. Bill’s attack on this “white Christian nation” is abs…