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New York Values

New York Values

by Raoul Duke Guest Columnist If the Democratic Party is ever to be destroyed and remade into something useful, today’s the day. Voters in one of the nation’s most populous states, one with a huge number of registered Democrats, and one which – it’s no coincidence – still conducts a closed primary, could give the […]


Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Uriah Ward. He plans to send it to the Mayor and each member of city council. If you would like to add your name, email UriahWard@yahoo.com. To the Mayor and City Councilors of Greenville, I’m writing you to encourage you to take a difficult stand for something […]


The Duggars and the Umbrella of Oppression

The Duggars and the Umbrella of Oppression

by Grace Haskin Guest Columnist It appears that Josh Duggar, star of TLC’s ex-hit series “19 Kids and Counting,” has more secrets than he has siblings. Gawker exposed the married father of four on Wednesday for having two accounts on the recently hacked dating site, Ashley Madison—think eHarmony, for people who are married and looking […]


Op-ed: NC Needs “Clean Power Plan”

Op-ed: NC Needs “Clean Power Plan”

by Carol Williams contributed op-ed Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly are making short-sighted and harmful decisions to NOT protect the very air we breathe and ground we live on. Slowly but surely, our national government has joined with governments of other countries to say that we are experiencing global warming due […]


On Political Correctness and History: A Case Study from a College Campus

ECU students plastered the walls of various campus buildings with some of Aycock’s most damning quotes.

by Amanda Ann Klein Contributed op-ed originally published by the author at medium.com On February 20th the Board of Trustees at East Carolina University, the North Carolina state university where I have worked for the last eight years, voted to change the name of Aycock Hall, a residence hall named after former North Carolina Governor Charles […]


An Apple a Day

Photo courtesy the internet.

By Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor “Why am I here,” she asked. A simple question with innumerable possible answers. All he had to do was choose one that reflected the goals of his profession. All he had to do was speak kindly. This past week has been a rough one for me and my parents. My […]


What’s Smart for Greenville? Preserving and Acquiring Flood Plains

Flooded housing development in Greenville, NC after Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. Photo credit: FEMA

By Jerry Weitz Guardian op-ed contributor The City of Greenville has a hazard mitigation plan, adopted initially in 2001, then revised and re-adopted in 2004. An update of the plan was prepared in 2010 and adopted by the Greenville City Council on June 10, 2011. The 2010 plan was managed by the city’s community development […]


Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers

Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers

by Randall Martoccia op-ed columnist As more details emerge of President Barack Obama’s plan to provide community-college students two years of free tuition, I hope attention can be given to those who would be teaching a large portion of these students: adjunct faculty. (Adjuncts, as I’ll be calling them, are faculty members who are hired […]


Livable Housing Standards for Greenville?

Livable Housing Standards for Greenville?

By Jerry Weitz Many students of ECU are interested in securing standard and decent off-campus housing, and their parents are concerned about living conditions in off-campus neighborhoods. I therefore propose that City Council consider, for the reasons discussed below, a “Resolution of Agreement Between the City of Greenville, North Carolina, and East Carolina University, Establishing […]


Thoughts on the UNRI Repeal

Thoughts on the UNRI Repeal

By Jerry Weitz Member, Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission I am speaking in advance of Tuesday’s (March 18, 2014) public hearings. I’m writing about two ordinances initiated by Greenville City Council for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). One proposal would repeal the four-unrelated provision inserted via zoning overlay district applying to the […]


Op-Ed: Biologist Questions River Study

Photo: Lucas Berrini, 2008 (Flickr)

by Vince Bellis It would be unfortunate if the Tar River study moves forward in the absence of an attempt to first solicit advice from local sources at East Carolina University. ECU offers expertise in planning, business, wetland ecology, tourism and related areas by professionals familiar with eastern North Carolina. Advice from these sources should […]


Changing Bylaws will not Solve Neighborhood Issues

Changing Bylaws will not Solve Neighborhood Issues

Editor’s note: In February, some city residents expressed dissatisfaction with their inability to participate in their neighborhood associations because they rent, not own, their homes. Since then the city has been looking at creating rules for neighborhood associations wishing to participate on the Neighborhood Advisory Board, a city board that represents the interests of neighborhood […]


Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Editor’s note: On Monday, March 25, City Council will consider staff recommendations for the future operation of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned facility operated by the Recreation and Parks Department. The course’s viability has been questioned by some council members. Further background is provided in our coverage of the issue. Staff recommendations and comments […]


Op-Ed: Focus Should Be on Solutions to Area’s Problems

Dennis Mitchell

By Dennis Mitchell Over the last few weeks in our community, people have been embroiled in a debate over whether or not to keep the current policy of allowing no more than 3 unrelated people to live in a single-family home. After meeting with groups and individuals to hear their arguments surrounding the rule, I […]


Op-Ed: We Need the ‘Rule of Three’ but That’s Just a Start

photo by Aileen Devlin / courtesy of the Daily Reflector

By Marion Blackburn Call it the “Summer of Three.” No more than three, that is. All summer, Greenville has been abuzz about possibly changing the ordinance that says only three unrelated people can share a house. That’s because in August, City Council will reconsider this city policy. The request to re-evaluate it came in March when […]


Op-Ed: Push for Citywide Resolution against Citizens United

Op-Ed: Push for Citywide Resolution against Citizens United

by Griffin Bur This election year, Americans will likely be subject to the greatest torrent of political campaign and advertising spending ever seen in the country. Just this past week, the city of Greenville saw some of the heaviest advertising in the country. Though the ultimate causes for this inflow of money are varied, the […]


Small Business Burning

Small Business Burning

By Delia Liuzza We all know times are tough. Regardless of what the media tells us about things getting better, all of us feel the need to hang on to the money we do have in case we get laid off, or need to go to the dentist, or our car breaks down, or the […]


Op-Ed: AMEXCAN responds to County Commissioner James

Op-Ed: AMEXCAN responds to County Commissioner James

IT BEGINS WITH MAKING AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND Response to comments made by County Commissioner Eugene James regarding sales tax and the Latino population in Pitt County.   The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN) is a local non-profit organization designed to promote and integrate the Latino community throughout eastern North Carolina. An article was […]


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