I Agree With The Title Letter to the Editor: Residents must work for change – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper’s sresponse: I agree residents must work for change however my question is what kind of change? It is past time that the residents stop allowing certain folk to get them all excited because they don’t like certain folk. Residents better do their own homework because the folk in place may be the best folk to represent your interest. The new energy I am trying to figure out because it is the same reporting and I know because I have been a part of it. Lindell Kay did an article on Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and myself and didn’t contact me but went on my blog and pulled out some content and did a story as if he had spoken to both of us. I confronted him about it and he told me he did the article because Higgs had called him about 10 times about doing a story. Lindell apologized to me during the meeting J. Kelly had at the OIC. He also quoted me when my friend Taro Knight died however the quote was not bad but the fact of how the hell do you quote someone when you have not spoken to them. Tickles the hell out of me how folk read the damn papers and don’t even consider there is another side to a story but they take stories about the city council and just because the papers said it it is true. Really! So glad I do my homework because if not I would just as ignant as the folk who are commenting and writing letters to the paper. But it ain’t so much they think what the papers write is true it is just that they don’t like who they are writing about so that automatically make who they write about the bad guy. As long as Fighting Crime, Concerned Citizens, Community Council, WHIG-TV and other c owned say it then it is fact. It is sad when so-called intelligent, religious and folk who say they are about what is right but continue to make ignant comments and then when a black man like me who ain’t afraid to respond to them call them out on their ignant racist mess, then they get mad. They can’t prove me wrong in my responses so they have to try to discredit me but the ignants don’t realize that the folk that are in their circle don’t like me anyway. So I just sit back and laugh while I continue to agitate them because since I am so irrelevant why do they continue to say my name. And lastly in this letter, I find the following to be too ignant, “We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.” Really! So who owns the newspaper? How in the hell do you promote transparency and accountability when you are reporting one side and I know damn well the paper know other sides.

You may have noticed recently the sign of the newest tenant at the Mills when driving past on Falls Road: The Rocky Mount Telegram.

Ever since the newspaper moved offices over the holidays, it seems the staff has had a new energy that has been evidenced by it releasing with great haste over the past two weeks its own version of an old-fashioned newspaper extra on problems at City Hall that our leadership has not been forthcoming about.

And, contrary to the mayor’s dismissal of “newspaper articles and Facebook posts” in his statement at the City Council meeting this past Monday, it is largely thanks to the newspaper and the resulting discussion on social media (the modern day equivalent of a water cooler and front porch, for better or worse) that facts have come to light that concern the management and direction of our city. We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.

However, let’s not stop at being consumers of media. In the early 20th century, a British newspaper reportedly asked the question “What is wrong with the world?” (Read more)


Don’t Blame Me! This Is Who The Rocky Mount Telegram, The Community Council & Whig-TV Has Chosen For Their Spokesperson (My Ignant Opinion) See The Pattern


Watch Video – Cunningham             Watch Video – Knight

Knight addressed this ignant ass but Cunningham had a problem. Nobody stopped him while he was talking about nothing because the city council ain’t killed no damn body. And Cunningham think he can talk speak again, damn what part of the photo he didn’t understand you don’t get to rebuttal. So this is what it appears The Rocky Mount Telegram, The Community Council and Whig-TV is promoting. But just my ignant opinion. Oh I can’t leave out that ignant ass Rev. Roosevelt Higgs who call in to WHIG-TV and try to discredit the Rocky Mount City Council. Hell yeah this bothers me when these ignant asses try to discredit the entire council although they only call a few names but what they say reflect the whole council. Knight said enough for the rest of them so they didn’t have to address that ignant ass during the meeting.



Rocky Mount NC – The Rocky Mount Telegram, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV & The Community Council Do They Really Care About Unifying Rocky Mount Or Do They Just Want Black Folk To Sit Down And Shut Up?

The system is set up so that black folk are scared to speak out even when they are hurting. When you hurt me I am going to let you know. When you hurt other folk and I can see for myself what is going on, I hurt then too. I refuse to be silent on issues that affect folk as a whole.

I look at all of these media outlets and social media sites how they single out certain folk. But most of all I look at the comments and who are not afraid to speak out. Them white folk ain’t scared.

Look at what black folk being speaking out about on social media. Just damn scared until it hit home.

Right now there are 2 things going on on social media that is dear to me, I said to me because I know some of the folk or have been contacted by some of the folk.

In Sharpsburg there is discussion on 252 Hoodnews about black folk (women/young folk) cars being towed that don’t need to be towed when the Sharpsburg Police Department call a local wrecker to get the cars. If the folk don’t pay the money to get cars back they get to sell them. I have been told and it has been stated that when the folk ask to let their cars sit there and they come back to get it or to request to call their own wrecker, they have been denied.

Today in the paper and all those I named above are going after Councilman Andre Knight. Look at the comments who are saying what. Black folk are scared to comment.

Now I understand some black folk are scared to comment because they are scared of retaliation. Well just know that when your time comes, you may need some folk to help you while you were silent while it was happening to others.

This pisses me the hell off because I refuse to be silent. I can’t understand how folk sit back and allow injustice to take place and say nothing.

I will not sit down and shut up even if you come after me. I will stand until the end.

I ain’t mad with nobody, however I will not allow you to promote mess that ain’t right. Tell the whole story!

Ya’ll Better Wake The Hell Up & See Who Are Working Against You, Rocky Mount Telegram Was Notified!

Damn shame and they talk about working across party lines. Our Governor is from Nash County and Collins has the audacity to add Nash County.

In a sweeping move – House District 25 Jeff Collins Nash County added Nash County to a local bill sponsored by Rep. Justin  Burr – to strip Gov. Cooper of appointments to NCC and have the legislature make those appointments.   This bill has passed the house and is now in the senate.  This was done with no input from the community, board of commissioners, community college or otherwise as I can determine.  Please explore your contacts and see what you can determine. 

This appears to be petty power grabbing and not about the good of our community or the college.  This kind of lawmaking is in complete disregard of our community and the majority of us who elected a Governor for the purposes of exercising some of these powers.   To demean the power of the Governor is not in the best interest of our state or our democracy. 

Please make formal requests to  your county commissioners, community college board, city council and school boards to pass resolutions against this measure.  This will bring attention to this aggregious action. 

Also please contact any republicans you know who will publicly oppose this matter and especially who can influence Sen. Rick Horner to stop this measure in the Senate.  The problem we will face in the Senate is that these other counties may support this bill moving forward – not sure if I can get Horner to take Collins on by supporting removing Nash County.  Perhaps he can get it removed behind the scenes – however, it would be good for him to know the level of concern about this. 

SECTION 1.(c) This section applies only to Cape Fear Community College, Montgomery Community College, Nash Community College, Piedmont Community College, Rockingham Community College, and Wayne Community College

Yes – Telegram was alerted on Weds and still no response or article.  The strongest response needs to come from the citizens of Nash county.  It’s a similar issue as the schools piece — if Nash county stands silent — it’s harder to fight this overreach or power grabbing; however, this could easily escalate to a statewide issue/bill and they are moving into every other possible area — shifting gubernatorial power to legislature and ultimately themselves –special superior court justices, university boards of trustees, now community colleges, not sure what’s next, etc.

Council to hold special public meeting – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: I am looking forward to the construction of the DCF.

The Rocky Mount City Council will let locals voice their opinion on the Downtown Community Facility on Tuesday in a special public meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Frederick E. Turnage Administrative Building. The facility has been a point of contention for residents for many years. The most recent series of city council meetings have seen the facility taking one step forward after another but not without some resistance.

Councilman W.B. Bullock has been the only member of the city council to vote against measures related to the center. Bullock has said outright that he is not against the center, but the timing of the move to build the center. That is a sentiment that has been shared by local businessman Lige Daughtridge. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Rocky Mount NC – In Response To The Closing of O.R. Pope Black Elementary School On The Edgecombe County Side Of Rocky Mount

The Political Agitator respond to: School board turns deaf ear to supporters of Pope Elementary

This response to Mr. Cordell is too damn ignant! I be glad when folks begin to respond to the original post and dissect it to attempt to discredit the original author with some facts instead of a lot words that amount to nothing.

To compare Mr. Cordell with a buzzard and others like myself whom have attended a meeting or several is about as damn ignant as they come.

Mr. Cordell addressed the issue in each paragraph so why don’t your ignant a+s do address Mr. Cordell per paragraph and prove him wrong? Hell if you can do that then I will agree with you but I doubt if you can nor do you care to because your mission is to attempt to discredit this black man.

Some folks trying to figure out why young black males do what they do? Hell I understand it because it does not matter how good we do, some ignant a+s white folks and some ignant a+s Safe Negroes are trying to discredit black men like Mr. Cordell and myself. The young black males so what is happening. I understand what is going on with all of the crime and killing. Hell it is folks like Lasko who promote trying to discredit the black male even when they do something positive. And hell no just because we do something positive does mean you have to agree with us, but damn don’t attempt to discredit us. Well you can go ahead because I am not a Silent Negro and I will respond. Just that i wish I could put a face with those who are afraid to say it publicly and hide behind code names.

Paid staff, paid school board members, paid superintendent and others ought to do their damn job and make sure mess like this do not happen.

The citizens of Edgecombe County did their part when they participated in the bond referendum even if they didn’t vote for it they damnit still participated.

I have not dropped the bomb nor has Mr. Cordell because that is not our duty to do folks job that get paid to do their job.

Although some folks like Mr. Cordell and myself have to carry our own burdens we still take time out to attend to some burdens that we face as a community. After working a days job for ungreatful folks and dealing with other things that we face, it takes a strong black man to endure.

I am Curmilus Dancy II and I sign my name to what I say and make it so people can see who I am and what I stand for.

Now Run & Tell That!


Submitted by Lasko on August 24, 2014 – 9:51am.

How is it possible for a broken, insensible, corrupt and divided system to achieve what others believe the “children” will need in the future to become educated? #2. Why not accept responsibility as did our educators of yesterday and teach our children as Mr. Pope has? #3. Why is it that as the buzzards of the wild some only show up after the stench of decay? The question to be asked would be: “Why did it take so long to “save” O.R. Pope school? #4. It’s truly amazing how educators of yesterday was able to do so much more with so little and the educators of today do so little with so much, all the “leaders” of today are the product of the educators of yesterday, you’re a prime example Mr. Cordell. What happened, who dropped the ball or are we so dependent on others being responsible for your children? I can envision a mother gathering her children at the end of a hard days work from the fields into the humble shack of the plantation and reading the forbidden bible to her children. “Doing so much with so little.” We have to educate our children as did the educators of yesterday.

School board turns deaf ear to supporters of Pope Elementary

In the Oliver Ruthchild Pope Elementary School controversy and its ultimate closing and transferring of about 300 students to Dr. D.S. Johnson and Fairview Schools, one question has not been publicly addressed by our school board. Have you done everything possible to save the school? And the resounding answer is, no!

At its June meeting, the school board discussed and approved the movement of students, staff, faculty and materials. The school board granted the public two hearings many weeks later, which was just a mere gesture – like the cart before the horse. There were 10 speakers for the first session and five speakers for the subsequent session. Our superintendent eloquently Powerpointed the disparaging conditions at Pope, emphasizing the safety for both students and staff. Truth be told, the current structure should be demolished. The questions are, why is there little to no conversation concerning rebuilding another school on the current site? Don’t our children, our parents and our community deserve a brand new school?

The funds should be there. Edgecombe County commissioners have provided $3.4 millino to $3.8 million to Nash-Rocky Mount Schools in bonds dating back to 2004. That figure has increased tremendously and this does not include the thousands and thousands of dollars provided every year for all of the schools on the Edgecombe County side in Rocky Mount.

The Department of Public Instructions says there is not enough space to build another school on the Pope site to accommodate more than 300 students. My response – there are approximately 35 properties surrounding Pope. Some of these properties are boarded, and some are abandoned. The properties could easily be bought or taken by eminent domain.

Let us look closely at the school board. Certainly, there are a number of members who are hardworking and dedicated to take their oaths of office seriously. There are a few, I feel, who need replacing. A few years ago, the school board was considering closing Swift Creek Elementary in order to merge with Red Oak Elementary. But they were met with swift and fierce defiance from the white and black community forcing them to back-pedal on that issue. One school board member said she didn’t think the Nash County Commissioners would build a new school on the Edgecombe side, and she didn’t think it would be even legal. But the last time I checked, O.R. Pope Elementary School was in the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools district. Another member, although outspoken and a diehard supporter for the preservation of Pope, was absent at the Aug. 4 school board meeting, which ensured the three people desiring to speak would not voice their opinions. The board chair certainly could have been more understanding on this sensitive issue. And one could have not have been more amazed at the appalling silence of the white school board members. During the second session, the board chair granted all board members a 10-minute presentation with an additional 10-minute presentation, if needed. Not one spoke for or against closure. In the end, there was a white member who seconded the motion to close.

On my second presentation to the board, I asked them to sow the seed for a new beginning to our children, our parents and the entire community in the neighborhood/crosstown section in the form of a new school. Regardless of the educational overall goals – whether it’s the Common Core concepts, More at Four, Race to the Top, or No Child Left Behind (even though the money was left behind), this monumental effort will benefit all of us in the long term.

Robert E. Cordell Sr.

Rocky Mount