Op-Ed

Local NAACP plans youth event

As we near the end of 2021, the Sampson County Branch of the NAACP remains committed in its attempt to build a strong leadership base for the future. That leadership base will come from engaging activities and programs emphasizing the involvement of young people — middle and high school students — in helping to establish the Sampson County NAACP Youth Council.

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Op-Ed

Grace and Gorilla Tape

Okay, it wasn’t an angel. It was just a well tattooed guy at an auto parts store. And it wasn’t manna from heaven, it was Gorilla Tape. But, at the time, it was hard for Terri and me to tell the difference. The only thing we knew was that they were both answers to prayer.

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Op-Ed

Infrastructure bill did us no favors

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law on November 15 attracted the votes of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington and has attracted praise from many North Carolina leaders, as well — once more illustrating the fact that bad ideas can also be popular ideas.

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Op-Ed

Wake up or break up!

For centuries people struggled to determine whether citizens would be governed by the Catholic Church or by civil governments, whether they would be ruled by hereditary monarchies or by elected governments, whether enslaved by fascist armies or saved by military forces from democratic nations.

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Op-Ed

America must continue moving forward

As Americans, we should not accept any attempt, in any form to roll back racial progress in America, especially in regards to voting rights, and we must remain truthful, becoming more so, in teaching our nation’s history. And we know from history that working together is still the best solution.

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Op-Ed

The other Walter Davis

A few years ago, when my mother in law, Ms. Micki, gave me a book to read about Walter Davis I was confused. Why would she want me to read a book about the former star University of North Carolina basketball player? Well, this Walter Davis did not play basketball, but he did have a lot to do with UNC. “The Walter Davis Story,” by Ned Cline, turned out to be interesting reading, even to this person who is not particularly fond of Carolina blue.

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