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"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 […]


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 […]


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 – […]


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 […]


The Fix for Obamacare? Single Payer

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As President Obama’s approval ratings plummet and a parade of House subcommittees pile on over the failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act, 20/20 hindsight is finally kicking in for many who toed the White House line and supported this ill-conceived law. The lone exceptions seem to be for-profit insurers and “free market” advocates – […]


Religion and Politics

Creative Commons photo. A Jack o' Lantern made for the Holywell Manor Halloween celebrations in 2003. Photograph by Toby Ord on 31 Oct 2003.

The close proximity among Halloween, Election Day and Thanksgiving puts me in mind of a particular former (and now late) in-law. I’ll call him Bill. Bill was a man of many opinions. None was sensible. Most were racist. Bill believed the only mistake Richard Nixon made was getting caught. He believed affirmative action was unfair to whites. […]


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 […]


An (Imaginary) Interview With Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas

By Anthony Noel I’ve been watching Mayor Allen Thomas since he was Pitt County P&Z representative Thomas. I’ve given him multiple chances to explain why he remained in that seat for months after he was legally required to step down. More recently I’ve asked him about his outsize campaign signs posted in rights of way, in […]


Further Developments

Further Developments

By Anthony Noel Two days ago I documented what appeared to be illegally posted signs of the Allen Thomas for Mayor campaign. Late last week, it was the spate of signs for both Thomas and At-Large Councilor Dennis Mitchell in rights of way prior to the date such placements were lawful. Today I was out […]


UPDATED: The roof, the roof, the roof…

UPDATED: The roof, the roof, the roof…

By Anthony Noel UPDATE, AUGUST 7, 11:14 a.m.: The confidentiality charges of Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas, PGV Executive Director Jerry Vickers and Councilor Dennis Mitchell, questioned here yesterday as politically motivated (original post below), just lost what modicum of credence any thinking Greenville resident might still have assigned them. As this clip shows, Mr. Vickers […]


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