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…

Recently, I had the chance to donate to The Children’s Miracle Network. Figuring that we would be donating later, I just didn’t bother. Then I drove by the Children’s Hospital and thought about all the hope and anguish within. Shame on me that those frail children should have to wait for my …

Nearly a decade ago, when I couldn’t find a card for my mom that felt authentic to our relationship, I designed my own — and have kept at it ever since. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from ECU but decided to stay home full-time after my first child was born. I wasn’t looking to tur…

I suppose most people are proud of their roots and where they grew up. When people had asked me, “where are you from?” I experienced a proud moment as I stated that I was born in a farmhouse and raised in Shenandoah County of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

As a physician assistant in Greenville working to promote COVID vaccination, I was dismayed to read a Public Forum piece in the Saturday-Monday Reflector minimizing the impact of the virus, questioning the vaccine safety and efficacy and promoting conspiracy theories.

Recently, I was considering the process of initiating a petition to drive a statewide ballot Initiative. I am aware that this process exists in other states so I just assumed we as citizens of North Carolina have that same process in place.

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Thirteen of our American 50 states have passed so-called “vaccine freedom laws.” These 13 states comprise the Benighted States of America (BSA). Thank goodness that the other 37 states have not passed such laws.

Suffice it to say that since World War II serious people and secret organizations in the name of strategic geopolitical balance have done things behind the scenes that would have appalled the American people had they been privy to these things done in our name.

Byron York’s opinion piece published in the July 10-12 edition would be laughable if it wasn’t so alarming. Titled “Democrats are politicizing the Justice Department,” it so badly belies the Trump administration’s DOJ’s obvious partisanship that it isn’t even funny. York’s main focus and con…

There’s no end to grammatical mistakes Americans make daily. I’ve already explained the error in “could’ve,” “would’ve,” “should’ve.” Let’s move on to more subtle ones (for which) few folks can apologize (for). (Google Winston Churchill about this structure.)

Bless our hearts. Santa in July? Black Friday in July? Can Americans muck up Thanksgiving and Christmas any more than we already have?

Following the closing of the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787, a Philadelphian asked Benjamin Franklin, “And what kind of government did you give us?” “A republic,” responded Franklin, “if you can keep it.”

One reason I decided in my first election that I could not bring myself to endorse either party was because neither really represented my way of thinking. After all, The Democrats were in charge of Congress for generations, and what did we have to show for it? The Vietnam war and a national …

I write this letter because of the inspiration I got from a column in the Reflector on June 29 (Rob Schofield, “We must do better than the current energy bill”). Its primary purpose was to deal with the production of electric power (renewable energy) in North Carolina in the years to come.

During the 1960s and beyond, Hollywood began to portray the military as a confused brigade of semi-heroes who sought solace through the use of drugs and sexual exploits. How much of this was true and how much was Hollywood drama, most of us will never know. Just like Forrest Gump and his spe…