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Letter to the Editor: A Few Clarifications on an Otherwise Strong Op-ed

Letter to the Editor: A Few Clarifications on an Otherwise Strong Op-ed

The writer [Before Free Community College, Meet Basic Needs of Workers, Jan. 27, 2015 op-ed] concludes with an excellent suggestion: The General Assembly is key to any raise in salaries. However, some of the reasoning employed to reach that conclusion is misleading.  Yes, many adjunct faculty receive no benefits (health insurance mainly), but not only […]


Letter: Doherty and Ward Good for Greenville

Letter: Doherty and Ward Good for Greenville

I am writing to express my wholehearted support for two candidates running for election: Caroline Doherty for Pitt County Board of Education and Uriah Ward for N.C. House District 9. To me, Caroline Doherty is one of the most outstanding candidates we have had an opportunity to elect. Her breadth of professional experience ranges (for […]


Letter to the Editor: Time to Re-examine Election Process

Letter to the Editor: Time to Re-examine Election Process

Greenville’s costliest municipal election is now history. Our city has entered ‘big city’ campaigning. Some well qualified candidates were discouraged from entering the race when advisors gave them cost estimates for a race for city office. Now that the heat is off, is it time for the city council to consider election procedures that would […]


Public Works Commended

Public Works Commended

In a world where it seems so few things go our way, every beacon of hope that shines through the clouds is appreciated. As such, I want to share an experience I recently had with the city of Greenville. I live in the University neighborhood, near the small park between Woodlawn Avenue and Park Drive. […]


Universal Health Care Essential

Universal Health Care Essential

Thank you, Congressman Jones, for asking for my opinion and for providing me two anecdotes from your constituents regarding the negative aspects of the Affordable Care Act, known to you as ObamaCare. It appears to me that people elected to government love anecdotal information. They either do not understand statistics, or believe their constituents do […]


Job Seeker Turns to McCrory

Job Seeker Turns to McCrory

Editor’s note: The letter writer cc’ed us. Greetings, Governor McCrory, My name is Shelley Duncan. It has come to my attention that your administration has recently filled several positions that had not been publicly advertised, as reported (after the fact) by numerous news outlets. As one of your constituents who is currently looking for jobs […]


Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

As he presides at the beginning of each City Council meeting, Mayor Allen Thomas introduces himself and announces, “I’ll be moderating the meeting this evening.” As a consequence of that announcement, appropriateness of behavior or conduct, decorum, should be assumed. Unfortunately, Thomas frequently disregards this requirement of conventional, polite behavior, and the unsuitableness of his […]


Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Greenville residents have the opportunity to choose between two candidates in the upcoming municipal election. How to decide? You have a choice between someone who moved into the city only months before filing to run, won the election, and has taken every opportunity to overlay his personal preferences on city operations. His childish conduct when […]


Complaints: Disregard, Mismanagement, Misuse, Misinformation, Imprudence

Complaints: Disregard, Mismanagement, Misuse, Misinformation, Imprudence

The upcoming 2013 Greenville municipal election is critical in that some elected city officials will continue to: disregard public input, manage rather than guide city staff, misuse city staff, misinform the public about the value of city initiatives, and make imprudent decisions about city spending. To expand, Public input: in spite of an overwhelming negative […]


Planner Questions Intent of River Study

Planner Questions Intent of River Study

Per prior city council authorization, Greenville has issued a request for qualifications for consultants to conduct a “Tar River Utilization Study,” dated July 15, 2013. I’ve reviewed that solicitation; it is available publicly on the city’s web page. I previously wrote a letter to the editor of the Greenville Guardian raising some questions about the […]


Disillusioned by Council Politics

Disillusioned by Council Politics

I would like to register some displeasure about two recent decisions by the city council to, in essence, ignore two very good suggestions on the part of council member Calvin Mercer.    The first was a vote against his request to reduce and re-appropriate funds for a so-called “river study.” Council will spend $200,000 on […]


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 […]


Citizens United Op-Ed Misleading

Citizens United Op-Ed Misleading

To the Editor: Griffin Bur [“Op-Ed: Push for Citywide Resolution against Citizens United,” Greenville Guardian, July 16] appears to be attempting to mislead readers by stating a half-truth: “Citizens United allowed for unlimited spending on political advertising by any U.S.-based corporation.” To ignore/omit the fact that trade unions et al. are recognized as having the same 1st amendment right to free speech […]


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