Thursday, July 16, 2020

It actually happened in Raleigh. The police chief said she would not send her officers to protect private property and put themselves in harm's way. And then thieves looted three of the four Walmarts within 10 minutes of where we live.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Michigan State University administration pressured professor Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation because he touted research that found police are not more likely to shoot black Americans. The study found: “The race of a police officer did not predict the race of the citizen shot. In other words, black officers were just as likely to shoot black citizens as white officers were.” For political reasons, the authors of the study sought its retraction.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he has an economic plan for America to “Build Back Better.” US president Donald Trump complains that Biden “plagiarized” significant elements of that plan from, you guessed it, Donald Trump.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he has an economic plan for America to “Build Back Better.” US president Donald Trump complains that Biden “plagiarized” significant elements of that plan from, you guessed it, Donald Trump.

In mid-May, as the COVID pandemic-related financial challenges hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians were about to face came into focus, the state House of Representatives passed without a dissenting vote, a bill to protect consumers from debt settlement companies. These companies exploited a couple of loopholes in current state law that otherwise prohibit such practices. They particularly target over-extended borrowers such as those in the military services as well as those who, because of unexpected health care costs, overextend their consumer credit and need debt relief.

As a democracy and voting rights organization, we must be part of the progress that is catalyzed at this moment. We support our partners in the civil rights community who are working on positive changes in our local towns and around the country.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

History is full of cases in which people subverted their own just causes by acting impulsively rather than carefully considering the costs and benefits. As the ancient poet Horace put it, “The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.”

For Democrats, winning control of the U.S. Senate is as important as winning the presidency. Polls in key races that will decide which party is the victor show Democrats with a good chance of succeeding in that effort.

The letter in your July 8th edition points to only one conclusion: that you’ll attach any individual’s name to a column to achieve your own goals of casting the president in a bad light.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

I was 16-years-old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother, on a dark road, on our way to pick up my father from his second-shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a trumped-up traffic violation.

That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention. The coverage of the president’s July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore is one of those episodes.

In the wake of nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, some protesters have taken to toppling statues of figures from history they say practiced or endorsed slavery or white supremacy. The main targets have been monuments to the Confederacy.

Kudos to Elizabeth City City Council members Jeannie Young, Billy Caudle and Chris Ruffieux for expressing supportive, professional and forward-looking viewpoints with regard to situating a dog park in the Enfield area behind the Sonic Drive-In and Bo’jangles restaurants. Boos to the other c…

Friday, July 10, 2020

This was the most unusual July 4th holiday most of us ever experienced. It just wasn’t the same without the traditional bands, parades, fireworks and cookouts. With all we’ve been through the first half of this year we could have used a little more red, white and blue celebration. But it was a good time for reflection on patriotism.