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August 21, 2017 - 41 minutes ago

Mitt Romney issued this statement about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest regarding a Confederate statue: “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”

August 20, 2017

Two years ago, following the murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston by a white supremacist who was inspired by Confederate imagery, many communities across the South, including this one, were forced to confront their own connection to the Confederacy.

The confrontation in Elizabeth City…

August 20, 2017

One hears so many ultraconservative people say today, “We want our country back.”

I think the Native-American people are the only ones who have a legitimate right to make that statement. Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant, like it or not!

I think…

August 20, 2017

If the riot at Charlottesville, Virginia, has shown us anything it's that anarchy will continue as long as the governors of the affected states do nothing to quell the violence.

It is not the province of the president of the United States to busy himself with local matters, and that's exactly what…

August 20, 2017

Columnist John Hood finds it inconvenient and too costly to ban plastic bags on the Outer Banks. Plastic bags in the ocean and sounds kill birds, turtles and other marine life. A floating plastic bag in the water looks like a jelly fish and lunch for a turtle. Ingesting plastic is deadly for shore…

August 19, 2017

It’s been a long time, more than a hundred years probably, since an out-and-proud white supremacist occupied the White House as president. Theodore Roosevelt and his successor, Woodrow Wilson, were likely the last presidents to say publicly, without fear of rebuke, that white people are…

August 17, 2017

I heard Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump say on TV that he didn’t know health care was so com­pli­cated.

That’s be­cause he prob­a­bly never had given it a thought. With all his money, he and his fam­ily can get all the med­i­cal care they need.

A…

August 17, 2017

I have a question for Gov. Roy Cooper and the N.C. Division of Environmental Quality: Exactly where is the coal fly ash and its harmful heavy metals going? Is it going in the land, the air or in the sea?

The public needs to know where it is going since Duke energy is trying to make the public pay…

August 17, 2017

As a retired educator, I research for accuracy and continue to write. The monument outside our courthouse in Elizabeth City honors loved ones and soldiers slain in battle. It can be viewed as nothing more than a headstone in a family cemetery.

Those who would dishonor their memory might learn some…

August 16, 2017

RALEIGH – Rural Americans feel "trapped" in their communities, stuck in unfavorable financial situations but unable, for both practical and lifestyle reasons, to move to more economically vibrant areas — so says a fascinating article in the Aug. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal.…

Paul-Oconnor
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