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Letter to the Editor: It is important for the Event Center to succeed – Rocky Mount Telegram

How do you feel about the Event Center? After stiff opposition, we now see the Event Center etching a huge silhouette on our city’s skyline. Have you looked at the transformation taking place downtown and in the surrounding area? It is worth a trip to see it for yourself.

How we feel about our city is very important. How we feel determines whether we grudgingly pay our taxes or pay with a thankful heart. They take away our garbage, keep our lights on, bring good water to our homes, keep us safe, bring help immediately from first responders/firefighters and provide dozens of services that make our lives in Rocky Mount pleasant and peaceful.

Now that the opposition to the Event Center has become moot, are we ready to accept and support the visible improvements in downtown and the rest of the city? By our attitudes, we can change the atmosphere in our city. We can complain or look for the positive changes all around us. Let our conversation reflect the pleasant surprises springing up in new buildings, businesses and restaurants that we are seeing

Rocky Mount has changed. Let us change with it. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

It is important that the Event Center succeed. So with what small influence one may have we can support it with our thoughts and words. We can decide not to curse the darkness but to praise our Father in heaven for the light, and be thankful for the good plans God has for his people.

JANICE GRAVELY

Rocky Mount

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

Judge Fitch seeks Senate seat: After 16 years on the bench, Wilson jurist running for General Assembly – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: First let me get this out of the way. I would love to see Pastor O.D. Sykes become my next Senator because he is a young man and I feel he would fight like hell for what is right. But I have been knowing Fitch since the late 80’s when I became actively engaged in community activism, political activism, the Democratic Party and The NAACP. Back in the day I used to attend the Democratic Party meetings and the NAACP meetings along with some other meetings in Wilson County. I remember when Fitch was a lawyer and in the NC General Assembly and when he became Judge. I know he will fight like hell because of his record and seeing him in action.

After nearly two decades, Superior Court Judge Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr. hopes to switch seats from behind the bench to the state Senate.

Fitch retired from his long-held post Friday and filed to run for the N.C. Senate District 4 seat, which covers Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties. He will face O.D. Sykes in the 2018 Democratic primary. Sykes, a Weldon resident, filed to run for the seat on Tuesday.

Fitch, who has served as Superior Court judge for 16 years, will turn 72 — the mandatory retirement age for judges — in October.

“I’m not ready to be put on a shelf and dusted off, so I’m going to offer myself to continue my service to the people … in the capacity of state senator,” Fitch told The Wilson Times. “And I would hope with my experience and my ability to be able to cross the aisle, that I would be able to make some things happen in eastern North Carolina as well as across the state.”

The newly redrawn Senate District 4 encompasses Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties. Fitch said he felt a continued sense of duty and service to the people in those counties and the state. And he belies he’s well-suited and qualified for the job. (Read more)

Do You Think That Going To Church Is Enough? Don’t Don’t The Word Say Go Out In The …

Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Do you think that going to church is enough?

But don’t the word say go out in the . . .

Now Dream about that part!

Elder Speight My bro Curmilus, awesome question…. That’s why I Teach ….. similar to THE US Army – Church is #SPIRITUAL#TRAINING #CAMP…. We go (first and Foremost to Reverence God – to Learn of the mission, understand the enemies tactics and initiate a strategy to over come the Enemy and Offer hope/help to those in bondage or MIA… we Also learn how to protect ourselves from the enemy…. (THEN WHAT) OBVIOUSLY, WE TAKE WHAT WE’VE LEARN ONTO THE BATTLE FIELD (Hedges and Highways)… and FIGHT the #Good #Fight of #Faith
Or why else do we sing I’M A SOLDIER ON THE BATTLEFIELD … THe CHURCH is the TRAINING GROUND .. the Streets are The BATTLEGROUND…

Elder Speight
The majority of Christ ministry was in the Streets…. and that’s were you’ll find me Everyday….

Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: ‘We call BS’ – CNN

The Watch Dog response: They reported it time and time again about this guy and his mental illness. She said Australia had a shooting in 1999 and legislation was introduced and they have not had one since. She said Japan never had one. Canada has 3 UK 1 and both introduced gun control. I learned about what happened in Australia on The Joe Madison Talk Show.

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Letter To the Editor: Can the American political discourse get any worse? – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Interesting this was in the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Florida School Shooting took place on February 14. Just thinking out loud.

Monday, February 12, 2018

When Donald Trump said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and not lose a single supporter, most of us thought that was pretty far-fetched. But given his deplorable conduct since becoming president, nothing should be taken off the table.

There are three factions, each with their own agenda, aiding and abetting Trump’s destructive behavior by turning a blind eye to his divisiveness and inability to tell the truth: his supporters, evangelicals and the Republican majority-led Congress.

Trump’s supporters are sticking with him unconditionally. The fact that he has lied to them over and over about draining the swamp, affordable health care coverage, tax cuts favoring the middle class and a wall at the Mexican border that Mexico is not going to pay for has not moved the needle. For many of his supporters, he is seen as that “Great White Hope” that will put an end to the browning of America. They pin their hopes on a reversal of the present changing demographics that will favor a whiter America.

Evangelicals have flipped the coin. To hear them tell it, Trump is God-sent. Not long ago, he would have been the epitome of all they abhorred. Three marriages, adultery, sexual assault and fostering racism would have been no-no’s not so long ago. Today, they gloss all over his immoralities and appear to accept his admission of never asking for forgiveness for anything OK. Is a Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs. Wade and same sex marriage really worth surrendering to the Devil?

Then there’s the Republican majority-led Congress who has lost all sense of decency and self-respect. They no longer feel any obligation to do the right thing. They are proving daily that saving Trump from charges of collusion, obstruction or money laundering is more important than saving the country from Trump. This Republican majority-led Congress is willing to sacrifice the country’s national security in order to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.They remain silent about Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and ignore Trump’s refusal to implement the sanctions on Russia they approved. Is the fulfillment of a twisted agenda really worth destroying democracy as we know it?

Can the American political discourse get any worse? You bet it can.

GARDENIA B. HOBBS

Rocky Mount

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

This Florida School Shooting Survivor Just Called Out Trump And The NRA – BuzzFeeds News

“To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA — shame on you,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez said.

A student who survived this week’s deadly Florida school shooting gave an impassioned speech at a gun control protest in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, calling out those opposed to firearm regulations.

Wiping tears from her face amidst crowd chants of “Enough is enough,” Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, also expressly criticized President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association.

Referencing a tweet from the president in which he questioned the suspected shooter’s mental health and called on people to report suspicious behavior to authorities, Gonzalez said, “We did. Time and time again — since he was in middle school. It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was a shooter.” (Read more)