Last week, the Centers for Disease Control changed its guidelines on homemade coronavirus masks, recommending that Americans wear the cloth coverings over their nose and mouth whenever they are in public. One thing hasn’t changed, however: Officials still say the masks aren’t for protecting the wearer from getting COVID-19. They’re for preventing wearers who have the virus — including those who are asymptomatic — from spreading it.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year. As we re-read the old story of those who discovered an empty tomb on that day of resurrection, this year we will be discovering empty churches. Who knew we would be giving up church for Lent?

“Cast not a stone at every dog that barks” is a proverb that has been cited since at least 1579. British statesman Winston Churchill said in 1923: “You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.” Churchill’s statement —actually just a restate…

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

North Carolina is in a financial position to begin responding to the most immediate and urgent needs presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. The money available now will provide the funds to match critical federal emergency aid programs so no workers, families, farms or businesses are denied one dime of assistance they are entitled to receive.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

There are limits to what any one country can do when it comes to responses to the new coronavirus. Unless the spread of infections can be contained worldwide, there will be no hope for putting an end to the pandemic, or for restoring the economy. International cooperation is more urgently needed than ever before.

When millions of Americans fear a virus, when millions lose their jobs overnight and when millions are told to stay home, you can bet we’re in for a political revolution. Or revolutions.

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When millions of Americans fear a virus, when millions lose their jobs overnight and when millions are told to stay home, you can bet we’re in for a political revolution. Or revolutions.

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We black people are so convenient and useful to America’s leftists. Whenever there’s a bit of silencing to be done, just accuse a detractor or critic of racism. A recent, particularly stupid, example is CNN’s Brandon Tensley’s complaint that the “coronavirus task force is another example of Trump administration’s lack of diversity.”

On Jan. 22, President Donald Trump was asked “are there worries about a pandemic at this point?” His response was: “No, not at all and we have it totally under control. It’s just one person coming from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

Monday, April 06, 2020

America came face to face with the festering problem of digital inequality when most of the country responded to the coronavirus pandemic by shutting elementary and high schools that serve more than 50 million children.

People longing for effective leadership in these perilous times are watching New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefings, and they like what they see. Some of them think Cuomo should be the Democrat to take on President Trump in November.

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The United States reached a grim milestone when the number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2,977 — the number killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Now that a pandemic 9/11 has befallen our nation, we need to ask ourselves: Why does it always seem to take a tragedy to wake us up to danger?

Sunday, April 05, 2020

In our state, Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest held a news conference questioning the validity of the governor’s ban on in-restaurant dining and bars stating this “will devastate our economy.”

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Since the founding of the very first chamber of commerce in 1599, chambers have always sought to build and support their local businesses and communities. Now, in the time of a global pandemic, eastern North Carolina’s local chambers of commerce are working collaboratively to help their members survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As a medical student and J Bradley Wilson Schweitzer Fellow, I am partnering with the James D. Bernstein Dental Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to help treat patients as a whole, not just the disease. Sitting in the dental clinic with a patient, I asked him if he’s ever talked to anyone about his needs concerning food, transportation and housing. He looked at me and replied, “They go by the book, and the book doesn’t know me.” I was surprised at first, and I later realized that this patient’s comment echoes an issue that we as current and future health care providers must address directly.


Lost in the uproar over Elizabeth City city councilors’ recent decision to award themselves $500-a-month raises was another poor decision that could be even more costly to city residents over time.