President Donald Trump rightly touted “America’s extraordinary prosperity” in his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the uninterrupted U.S. economic growth that began during the Obama era.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Kudos are in order for Elizabeth City State University trustees for successfully maneuvering out of a political mine field last week.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
There are often comments on gas prices here in Greenville. The comments are correct: our gasoline prices are the highest in the area. On Sunday I went to New Bern, I stopped in Vanceboro and paid $2.209 for gas. On the same day gas here in Greenville was $2.459. The Sheetz in Washington had gas for $2.189, Jacksonville $2.209, Vanceboro 2.189, Rocky Mount $2.259 and Wilson 2.259.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress could come as soon as next week without any testimony by witnesses or review of key documents. That would be unprecedented compared with previous presidential impeachments. It would gravely damage the only mechanism the Constitution provides for checking a rogue president.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Sometimes, President Trump seems crazy like a fox, playing his biggest supporters, biggest critics and many in the news media the way Charlie Daniels plays his fiddle, goading the opposition into tactical errors.
Monday, January 20, 2020
What type of mental condition is it when you lose an election and cannot seem to move on? Isn’t there some type of therapy that will help? I’ve heard that a Greek salad has health benefits.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Special counsel Robert Mueller warned last July that the Russians had conducted a “sweeping and systematic” campaign to undermine the last presidential election, and that a new attack was already underway. “They’re doing it as we sit here,” he told a Congressional committee.
It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate prepares its role in the rare and momentous trial of President Donald Trump, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused his power by shaking down a vulnerable country for his own personal gain — and then stonewalled a congressional investigation into his behavior — senators should spare no effort in conducting a fair and thorough proceeding, complete with witnesses and documentary evidence.
Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their gold and bronze medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was a defining moment of the era — two African American athletes at the pinnacle of global athletics silently telling the world they were one with the struggle for racial equality.
It’s a compelling story to anyone who hears it:
Saturday, January 18, 2020
BYH, all who support Medicaid expansion. Medicaid is well known across our country as the health insurance option of last resort, with much lower quality care offered by Medicaid than one finds in a private health insurance plan. A good job (plenty available in this booming Trump economy) means a good health insurance plan!
To the Taylor family for sharing stories that are being read around the world and that have allowed children of color to see themselves in a new light. The idea came to life when young Morgan Taylor told her parents that she couldn’t be a princess because there were no princesses that looked like her. Two books, one on real-life African royalty and another on role models of color from the pages of history, proved there are heroes of all hues and earned the Taylors fans as far away as Ghana. That’s a story with a happy ending.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Last September, President Trump announced Executive Order 13888, which required state and local governments to opt in to having refugees settle in their jurisdiction. The move was the president’s latest attempt to curtail immigration, both legal and illegal, and it also posed an important question to the country: Do we want to join Donald Trump in his quest for a whiter America?
Thursday, January 16, 2020
When the president calls 911, the phone rings at Fort Bragg.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
A no BYH to coworkers who don’t want to be friends. How will we know what each other likes? This person does pull their share of weight, but if you don’t want to be friends then work from home. Let’s try to get along this year because this person isn’t putting up with all your crap anymore!
Monday, January 13, 2020
A major hiccup has been introduced into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans for a speedy acquittal of President Donald Trump at his impending impeachment trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton said he is prepared to testify if subpoenaed. McConnell was all but prepared to declare the impeachment process dead.
Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, police and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous cannabis cousin.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Every December, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce publishes its legislative priorities based on the feedback we receive from our 950-plus members. These priorities, which are those issues our members consider most important to the wellbeing of Pitt County, drive our advocacy efforts for the coming year. Headlining this list for the past five years has been a call to build a new medical education facility at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.
It may be true that no good deed goes unpunished, but only the ever-active Donald Trump could take it upon himself to punish his own good deed.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
To a legendary eastern North Carolina disc jockey who revitalized the once-fading musical genre of beach music. Steve Hardy brought his special mix of “happy music” to an appreciative audience for 45 years, endearing himself to musicians as well as listeners and teaching other DJs how to how to secure their own time and create their own shows. As one friend said, “He taught us all to be true to the music.” His retirement may be a sad note to fans, but the bands play on thanks to his efforts.