It was disgusting and disgraceful to hear about Trump’s expulsion of Lt. Col. Vindman and his brother from the White House National Security Council. These are honorable, long serving, highly decorated, active duty military officers whose only “transgression” was honestly answering congressi…

Monday, February 17, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Democratic Party seems to have a problem. While they have an enormous array of presidential primary candidates, many who have intensely devoted supporters, there is no candidate who does not appear to be strongly opposed by a majority of the party’s voters.

Friday, February 14, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020

“Today, the richest 10 percent of Americans own an estimated 97 percent of all capital income, including capital gains, corporate dividends and interest payments,” according to the official website of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It continues, “The three wealthiest people in our co…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nations must cooperate to ensure safety and order for their citizens. The United States has neighbors and other countries with which it requires frameworks on how it will interact on security, trade, shared ecosystems, etc. When a nation withdraws from an agreement, worldwide consequences fo…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nations must cooperate to ensure safety and order for their citizens. The United States has neighbors and other countries with which it requires frameworks on how it will interact on security, trade, shared ecosystems, etc. When a nation withdraws from an agreement, worldwide consequences fo…

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Greenville Advocacy team thanks U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield for his recent vote to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force. That law was passed specifically to authorize military action against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. …

Monday, February 10, 2020

In a letter published in this newspaper on Nov. 14, I asked “whether it is actually true ... that Trump could walk down the street shooting people and nothing could be done.” I wondered whether he’d get away with everything — whether a new American standard of mob rule and Putinism was takin…

Sunday, February 09, 2020
Saturday, February 08, 2020

In response to the Sunday letter in which the writer felt that “our Christian God does not take sides in the melee of modern politics:” God may not care about politics in itself, but I believe he is very concerned about our country, and, if he chose, could have easily had a hand in what happ…

Thursday, February 06, 2020

They’ve got it wrong, the House, the Senate, the media, they have this impeachment and removal process wrong. The Constitution gives the House the “ … sole Power of Impeachment,” it gives the Senate the “… sole Power to try all Impeachments.”

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

I believe it is important for everyone to exercise their right to vote, especially college students and other young adults. For most of the people my age, this will be our first time voting in a presidential election — or in any election besides voting for our high school class president or …

I object to the trial-without-witnesses in the United States Senate being called a “coverup.” The whole thing was done in broad daylight. There was no attempt to cover up the facts of the case. Nope. The Senate just did what we lawyers call “jury nullification.”

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

This is a shameful day for the U.S. Senate. Some of the Republican senators have openly admitted that Trump is guilty of what he is accused of. Refusing their responsibility to obtain the additional information available from first-hand witnesses and documents denied the Democrats as part of…

Monday, February 03, 2020

While I do believe that our recent human activity (approximately the last 100 years) has caused this rock’s covering to warm more than without us, and that it will probably lead to the premature end of our race, I’m also looking for facts disproving this belief (seeing as this belief is a pr…

Sunday, February 02, 2020

I read with interest the article written by Warner Hayes and printed in last Sunday’s Public Forum. It seems Hayes believes that the Greenville ENC Alliance is the better economic advocate for Pitt County rather than our current elected county commissioners. It seems even more apparent that …

Friday, January 31, 2020

Several months ago, I reviewed a book by Jones County Commissioner Sondra Riggs, “The History of Jones County.” The book uses the official seal of the county and perhaps is developed and published with taxpayers dollars, yet makes mention of black participation only twice, in the Trenton sec…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Without doubt, the Earth is warming and sea levels are rising. Fifteen thousand years ago at the peak of the latest ice age, much of the northern hemisphere was covered in glaciers several miles thick, and sea levels were hundreds of feet lower than today. Ever since that time the Earth has …

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I would like to publicly express my gratitude to Congressman Greg Murphy for welcoming the Greenville Advocacy Team of the Friends Committee on National Legislation at his Greenville office open house (The Daily Reflector, Jan. 23, 2020).

Monday, January 27, 2020

“No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true” (Nathaniel Hawthorne). “Common hypocrites pass themselves off as doves; political and literary hypocrites pose as eagles. But don’t b…

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tobacco defined the economics and politics of Pitt County and North Carolina for decades. Growers, manufacturers, lobbyists and politicians hammered out price supports, production quotas and import regulations. After the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, nonsmokers success…