It turns out that the only thing “collusive” in the ginned-up controversy over the State Board of Elections’ efforts to settle some mail-in ballot lawsuits was the false outrage from Republican Party and GOP leaders in the General Assembly. It was a desperate ploy gone awry. It revealed the shameful and phony efforts — from the president on down — to create baseless distrust in our election and the security of our ballots.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Scientists and researchers have long failed at inclusiveness in clinical research trials. African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic patients in particular are largely underrepresented in research into drugs and other disease treatments. Overall, African Americans make up about 13% of the population, but just 5% of clinical trials. And Hispanics fare even worse; they make up 18% of the population, but just 1% of clinical trial research, according to Clinical Research Pathways.

Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mitch McConnell texted me the other day with an urgent message! If Democrats are elected, particularly Joe Biden, then America will be lost to socialism! Ok, so Mitch actually texted every breathing Republican with the same message looking for money — not just me. But it was a stark warning to voters, playing on fears about some huge Democratic plot to undermine our economy and allow the government to control everything.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020

Nancy Pelosi must be supremely confident of a sweeping Democratic victory on Nov. 3. How else to explain why she refuses to compromise on a coronavirus relief bill when President Trump is aching for her to accept another $1.5 trillion?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Firearm sales surged when the pandemic forced a shutdown in March. Now sales are rising again as President Trump warns of U.S. cities being overrun by looting mobs while police are left helpless to respond for lack of funding and respect.

Friday, September 11, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 09, 2020

For anyone needing a reminder, the high price of political opposition within Vladimir Putin’s sphere of influence has been all too apparent lately. The leader of the Belarusian democracy movement, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, remains in exile in Lithuania, as President Alexander Lukashenko keeps in close touch with Moscow on the phone and rounds up opponents in Minsk. Meanwhile, Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and thorn in Mr Putin’s side, lies in a medically induced coma having almost certainly been poisoned, according to the German doctors treating him.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

For an incumbent desperate to portray himself as a law-and-order guy, President Donald Trump is an unrelenting advocate for lawbreaking and rule dodging. While he obsessively complains, wrongly, about potential voter fraud with mail-in ballots, he just told people in North Carolina to vote twice — a felony — to check if their votes get counted. It was bad, wrong and lawbreaking advice.

Friday, September 04, 2020

No time would be a good time to let unscrupulous payday lenders start preying on North Carolina residents again. But now — as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted jobs and lives — letting payday lenders take advantage of those down on their luck could be devastating.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Last year members of the North Carolina General Assembly received an average $510 a week in per diem. We certainly don’t begrudge legislators’ reimbursements for the expenses of being in Raleigh to do their jobs.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

After observing reopening of schools throughout the United States, the Pitt County NAACP is even more concerned for our teachers, staff, and most importantly, our students, particularly the younger ones.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020

Kevin Guskiewicz, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, appeared on the CBS news show “60 Minutes” in June to discuss the university’s plan to bring thousands of undergraduates back to campus amid a pandemic. “There certainly is some risk,” he said, “but we believe we’re putting in place the right measures to mitigate that risk.”

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans in Congress seem to hold the mistaken belief that everything is just fine and dandy at the U.S. Postal Service. Worries about slow and erratic mail delivery, the dismantling of sorting machines, deliberate sabotage and, most importantly, an inability to deliver ballots for the Nov. 3 election in a timely fashion are just some tall tale cooked up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — or maybe some left-leaning QAnon equivalent. One can only wonder if Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s announcement Tuesday afternoon that he is “suspending” certain policies that contributed to delays goes far enough or if it will change GOP minds.