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Anti-Trans Bigotry Will Save North Carolina

Anti-Trans Bigotry Will Save North Carolina

by Anthony Mercando It’s old news now, with Title IX funding days from being slashed in North Carolina, and Gov. McCrory making more and more statements about “open dialogue and not threats.” HB2 nipped spring in the bud here in North Carolina, but at least chased a winter’s funk that had refused to let go. […]


Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Fall’s arrival has brought Greenville’s beer and pub fans some good news: the opening of two new venues in our area. Both Tapped and Dickinson Avenue Public House offer modern and welcoming atmospheres for socializing, with a full selection of craft beers. To learn more, we asked the folks behind these new ventures how their concepts […]


Tune In. Turn On. And Turn Off.

Tune In. Turn On. And Turn Off.

I’m writing at 2 a.m., Sunday. Given the intensity of last week, which is now quickly shrinking in the rearview mirror of my mind’s eye, I really thought I’d be sleeping. Probably until 2 this afternoon. But here I sit, glued to my computer–trying to make sense of what just happened. When Lisa Ellison, the […]


Out and About in Greenville

Cows at Simply Natural Creamery. Website photo.

by Aaron Lucier Contributor Editor’s note: This series, conceived by its author, presents “things to do, special events, new restaurants and new items at old favorites.” Greenville and Pitt County have an abundance of unique things to do year-round. Here is my list of 10 places you may not have visited yet—or maybe it’s just […]


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 […]


The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life is a rotating column. Contributors share ideas or observations about society, whether local or broad. by Richard Miller Guardian contributor was thirteen years old when I met Socrates. My parents had taken me with them to visit friends of theirs, a childless couple whose decor included a collection of green faux leather-covered “Great […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

This is the third in a series of six guides to paddles in Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here; the second, a trip to Bear Island, here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The full moon reflected on the still backwater, bats […]


The Examined Life: Uptown Pastoral

Photo: Lisa Ellison

by Thomas Herron Guest columnist A Day in the Life is a rotating invitational column. Writers are asked to offer some idea or observation about our world, filtered through their liberal arts field, the study of the which promotes active citizens and a vibrant democracy. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” –Joni Mitchell […]


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 […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 2: Bear Island

Bear Inlet, on Bear Island's western side at low tide. Typically very shallow, with little boat traffic at low tide. A great spot for sea kayak or stand-up-paddle surf.

This is the second of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs, Guardian columnist No one expects amazing white sand beaches to be empty at the height of the summer. This is what makes secluded Bear […]


Paddling Eastern North Carolina, Part 1: Greenville’s Tar River

Twisted cypress trees on the Tar River, near Greenville. Photo source: Brad Beggs.

This is the first of six guides to paddling in Eastern North Carolina. The series will run through the summer.  by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist From late spring through fall, Greenville’s Tar River welcomes paddlers and tubers looking to cool off. In the winter months, it is the perfect place to embrace the occasional warm day […]


Ready to Listen: REAL Crisis Intervention

Internet photo.

This is the first in a series profiling organizations doing good work in the community. by Alana Baker Guardian contributor Despair, grief, anger, depression, fear—these are things most people feel at some point or another in life. Many of us have resources, places and people to help us through hard times. Some people, however, have […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 – […]


Pick Your Poison

Pick Your Poison

NC’s Senate Race Might Well Affect State and Local – More Than National – Politics By Sydney Moseley a.k.a. The Bum Steer As a registered independent, albeit left-leaning but certainly “progressive” in my estimation, I have no particular affinity for the Democratic Party. For reasons too vast to go into here, the party has consistently […]


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 […]


Taxes “bad.” Discuss

Taxes “bad.” Discuss

I’ve been wanting to get to a column expanding on the idiocy of “tax fear” for some time. I say “expanding” because two years ago the issue was broached in the item “Question Austerity.” I haven’t written about it since and am not now (despite appearances) for one reason: I’m slammed. Just balls-to-the-wall busy. So […]


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 […]


Actually, You Can Fix Stupid

Actually, You Can Fix Stupid

For two months that have seemed a whole lot longer, Greenville government has been preoccupied with the results and potential effects of the November election, which appears to signal a sea change on city council. Beyond making Calvin Mercer the body’s pro-tem and approving yet another completely unnecessary study of possible development schemes along the […]


A Missed Opportunity

A Missed Opportunity

A lot has been said about civility – specifically, the lack of it – during the circuses (also known as meetings) of Greenville’s city council over the past two years. Readers so inclined can find in our archives the Guardian’s coverage of those sessions. Here, I’ll let it suffice to say I think all of Greenville […]


Compost Benefits Birds, Plants, Humans at Park

On the right is a plant bed and composting bins, including an example of the bins to be made available to City residents. Along the back right is a composting drum to be used for food scraps gleaned from picnickers. At the back left are open composting bins for park foliage. A three-tier greenhouse, already in use, is at the left, next to additional work benches. The canoe, which will be raised to work-level height, will be additional workspace which can contain some of the inevitable mess. Photo: Horrigan

by Linda Leighty Greenville’s 324-acre natural park is making improvements to take better advantage of its unique resources, a benefit to River Park North visitors, birds and the community at large. In response to citizen requests, a new composting station including a demonstration and training site for at-home composters, is a joint effort between the park’s […]


Public Service – And Lip Service

Public Service – And Lip Service

By Anthony Noel Earlier this week I had a lot of fun imagining and writing an “interview” with Mayor Allen Thomas. Political satire is what drew me to newspapering and I was lucky enough to be introduced to it through the weekly ramblings of maybe our most gifted such writer, the late Art Buchwald. Buchwald […]


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