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Demolishing History

Demolishing History

By Anthony Mercando As the city council scrapped over the budget, word came that, a mile or so down 5th Street, we’ll be seeing a different kind of development. East Carolina University wants to expand the chancellor’s residence to such a degree that they’re going to have to displace or demolish five (count’em five) houses […]


Mace In Yo Face

Mace In Yo Face

By Anthony Mercando It’s hard to conceive that students and educators are perhaps more afraid today than when Europe was split in two and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation loomed over their heads 40 and 50 years back. Now, we’re more fearful of other Americans than of BMPs filled with angry Russians streaming through […]


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 […]


From the Editor’s Couch: Contestants for Mayor Heard

Ellison and Dudley Moore are roughly the same height.

by Lisa Ellison, editor The Daily Reflector held its mayoral debate last night. Lots of people and media attended. Why, even the mayor was there! I was pleased to get a seat towards the front, between two people I know and was glad to see, even if briefly. The questions were good, covering topics from planning […]


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 […]


What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

by Lisa Ellison Editor My U.S. Representative (yours too, most likely), Walter Jones, apparently asks a question on his website each week. I don’t know how long he’s been doing it, how many people usually respond or how long this particular question has been up (my guess is since Saturday at 10 a.m., when the […]


Greece Is Getting It Right

Greece Is Getting It Right

As globalists begin to get over themselves and look more rationally (as rationally as globalists can, anyway) at what’s become known as the “Greece debt crisis,” they’re being forced to admit something: Maybe globalization isn’t the best idea. That means it’s taken just 16 years (!) and a case totally disconnected from the U.S. economy for […]


From the Editor: Opt-in to Public Education

Internet cartoon.

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor I grew up in a rural eastern North Carolina county and attended a public elementary school a few miles from my house. Looking back, I recall the students as mostly white and working class. And while there must have been a substantial community of migrant workers’ kids, schools have ways […]


A Guardian for Good, If You Can Keep It

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Ben Franklin

by Anthony Noel Guardian columnist Paraphrased above is a warning from one of our nation’s greatest thinkers (and kite fliers), Ben “Lightning Rod” Franklin. A passerby, seeing ol’ Ben emerge from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall after the 1787 deliberations which produced our Constitution, asked which had resulted: a monarchy or a republic. Franklin’s renowned answer, “A […]


Letter from the Editor: City Council Chooses Social Responsibility

Letter from the Editor: City Council Chooses Social Responsibility

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Thanks to a close vote last month, Greenville has the opportunity to become a leader in social responsibility. During their annual joint meeting with the Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) on April 20, city councilors Rose Glover, Kandie Smith, Marion Blackburn and Mayor Allen Thomas, who broke the tie, voted to […]


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 […]


What Are Words For?

What Are Words For?

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain When Editor Lisa Ellison and I first talked about starting the “underground” paper that’s become the Greenville Guardian, we had clear ideas about what we wanted it to be. Lisa, trained in […]


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 […]


The American Labor Movement, 2.0

The American Labor Movement, 2.0

There’s been much media hubbub in the past few weeks over higher wages at some of America’s biggest retailers. Mega-chains are trumpeting “increases” in employee pay and basking the inevitable PR glow that comes with appearing to actually give a shwhit about their workers. It began last summer, with jumps in hourly wages at Gap […]


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 […]


Censorship: From North Korea to the West Wing

Censorship: From North Korea to the West Wing

The 2015 Academy Award nominees will be announced Thursday, and already a documentary by an American filmmaker – a film far too few Americans are even aware of – is favored in that category. If you don’t know of Laura Poitras or her film “Citizenfour,” that’s because it is being screened largely in arthouses – […]


From the Editor: Our Priorities

From the Editor: Our Priorities

GUARDIAN ANGEL UPDATE, MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, 8:30 A.M.: Before you read Lisa’s latest column below, I wanted to share the great news that three more Angels landed over the weekend, bringing to 85 the number of Guardian supporters still needed to keep this site from going dark on January 1. CAN YOU PLEASE COMMIT $12 […]


G-Vegas, Fifteen Years In

From Las Cruces, NM - a.k.a. "The Greenville NC of the American West"

By Sydney Moseley Guest Columnist When I first came to Grease-Vegas, I wanted to do a column called “Stupid City.” Moving here in ’99 from San Francisco, I was appalled at so many things, from rampant indoor smoking to callous littering with broken beer bottles around the ECU campus. My feature was to have a […]


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 […]


Caricatures of Council, in Words

You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out. Etc..

by Lisa Ellison, Editor I intended to write an examination of the way each councilor engages in debate. But this is what I came up with instead. From the Editor’s Desk Smith: “This is easy. Here’s why. You’re stupid.” Blackburn: “I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but my heart is really […]


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 […]


Moving Greenville Forward?

Moving Greenville Forward?

HELP WANTED: Low pay. No company-paid benefits. No chance for advancement (especially for women and minorities). 27 hours or less per week – guaranteed. That’s right, you can still qualify for food stamps or Medicaid! Don’t miss out! Apply today! Walmart may not be this blatant – yet – in its indentured servant employee recruitment […]


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