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If the Elizabeth City City Council expects its position on prayer to stand uncontested, it must also provide equal opportunity for non-believers to present secular invocations at the opening of each meeting. Not only would this type of compromise reduce the likelihood of a potentially costly lawsuit, it would also demonstrate that the counsel has respect for the rights and beliefs of all citizens in this community, regardless of race, color, or creed. -JP

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Would like to see a lot more of Dr Charles Krauthammer,s opinions on your opinion page, He tell's it like it is.

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First my prayers to the families who lost a child at this Newtown School in Conn. it seems everytime something like this happens the law makers want to impose more laws about guns when most of them don't know the difference between a automatic assault weapon and a semi automatic weapon. the worst school killings that took place in this country happened at Bath Consolidated School in Michigan on May 18,1926 38 were killed and most of them were children plus 58 others were injured and this person also killed his wife he also took his own life and this person did not use a gun, he used Dynamite.

I guess we just can't have it all.

Bill Cook has won the Senate Race. I am so happy I just want to shout it out! We have McCrory, Cook and Steinburg. In politics I don't believe it can get better than this. Then...we have Obama. Just a few years ago, I had to console my saddness with state politics (Easley, Basnight and Owens by looking to our having Bush and Dole. How quickly things change.

Pasquotank Commissioner,Southern outside seat..

Mr. Frankie Meads is running for commissioner for the Southern outside seat.If you are in this district,please vote for him to be the new commissioner. I read his ideas in the paper on how to cut expenses, save the county money and even how to make the county money. I also read about the expense for the new school roof. It seems a really excessive amount. It must be a whopping big school with a whopping big roof for what it costs. Mr. Meads' article is quite a wake-up call. I wonder why the rest of the commissioners aren't coming up with ideas like he is. I never see anything in print about what they are spending and if they are finding ways to save or if they have any ideas on how to save. I believe the present commissioners could use some new ideas. Their ideas always seem to center around raising taxes. The newest tax is for the schools only. Everybody wants good schools so we all go along with it. I think the money should be kept separate and not go into the general fund. It would certainly be easier to keep track of. Mr. Meads will be a valuable asset to the county. Judy Tripp tax payer of city and county taxes

I agree with you.

Mr. Meads should be elected to the board. His lifestyle appears to be one of consistent sensibility. I believe he will be a great asset for Pasquotank County. I do hope he wins.

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I would like to voice my opinion about the word the Democrat's are using for their slogan, It seems to me I have seen this word before,It was used by a person by the name of Karl Marx this word Forward was used to fool the people that better things were coming.Instead all this word did for the country was turn it into a Communist State.Is this not the same word the Democrats are using here in America?

Muslim Riots

We have all been watching the NEWS reports about the rioting and distruction of our property (Embassies,) and the killing of our citizens around the world. The question that is begged an answer is why is our gutless "Leadershipless" doing about it? Nothing. He is not going to take arms against brother Muslims. Here is a man, who should be the most powerful man in the world, that bows to other Muslim's, takes no action against Muslim's, who can not prove he is a natral born American, who does not place his hand over his heart when the flag that so many of us have suffered to protect passes, who has never had a job, does nothing. I could care less at this point who is elected our next President, as long as he/she is a Natral Born American with the guts to stand IN FRONT of the line instead of hiding behind it. God Bless America

A duel then!

RE: the recent ugly brouhaha about Anne Bechiom's sincere opinions posted recently in the Daily Advance. Sorry, but sometimes it's frustrating to try to deal with large portions of our society who obviously live in different realities and don't even agree on established facts. I feel genuinely bad when sinking to the level of discourse reached in this thread, because in doing so, I will have have descended to the level of my opponents, and verily; they will surely defeat me with their broader experience in this type of warfare. What's happened to us since 9/11? Will we ever be united as a nation again? In this spirit, I therefore propose a peaceful competition, a philosophical battle of wits and skills between us godless liberals on one side and you zealous christian conservatives on the other. Some ideas: Staring contests, pie throwing, pig wrestling. How about a hot chili eating contest? Who can name the 12 apostles in the shortest amount of time? Ditto for the Bill of Rights and the ten Commandments. Biblical Trivial Pursuit? We could also sell food - unleavened bread, pork, bottom dwellers, Gefelte fish... We could call it - I don't know, maybe the "Otherwise These People Would be Throwing Hammers at Each Other Games"? If we charge admission, we could we donate all proceeds (if any) to a local charity such as Hope-line, Food Bank, Girls Club, etc. So what do you say Twinstar? MyEcononmyisBetterThanyours? Jorge? Webobudson? dollie? Freespeaker? Force 12? THE CRUSADER? liberty belle? (to mention just a few). Can we pull off something like this together? As unified citizens of the greatest city in the world? I say we can! So, if any of you right-wing fanatics out there are equal to the task of doing some good for the community with a relentless left-winger like me, then let's get get together over some coffee sometime soon and figure out how we can emerge from behind our pseudonyms and redirect our energies to something positive for a change! If you're interested (especially any of you right-wing nuts out there)and think this lunatic idea of mine may have some merit, please respond in this column. Can make this happen? YES WE CAN - WE CAN BUILD IT - LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Cheers, -JP

Health Insurance

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured...but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."Now add this, "Many of those who refuse,or unable,to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

Politicians

It is my opinion that the time has come for term limits to get rid of all the free loaders in Congress and the Senate,Also this should take place in state elections as well as local governments.

Luton/Steinburg

This is about the most unbalanced race I have ever known of. Steinburg is as close to a perfect candidate as you can get. Perfect includes disagreeing with him on a couple issues however, not disagreeing on principles. Mr. Luton is a media hound. Bill Owens shamed himself in publically supporting him. I believe it might be a case of wanting Steinburg NOT to win more than he wants Luton to win and I don't believe it is because of philosophies or principles. I don't know know what motivated that absurd action. Is Mr. Luton telling us there is no redemption for those who sin? I don't know what West's involvement was in the campaign but I don't think it matters. Does the law state that his claimed offense should prohibit anyone from working on a campaign? No, I didn't think so. You know why? It is because it is not viewed as a risk.

16 Inches of Sea Level Rise

When the sea level rises it will be just like today. Elizabeth City is like the Netherlands and the water will be dyked and pumped overboard. The decision to fill and dam the creeks that drain the town was made long ago. No matter what they do there is going to be flooding, pump, and drainage issues to come. They can put all of the pipes they want in the creeks (Tiber and Poindexter) and the biggest pumps they can buy but when the flood comes Grice Street and Elizabeth Street, and Pearl Street, are going to flood. And all that it takes to flood the town is for the water to rise higher than the other creek beds (ie. Knobbs and Charles).

WHAT IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ELIZABETH CITY GOING BANKRUPT???????

Are the people of Elizabeth City and North Eastern North Carolina in financial harms way ???? Currently we see three cities in California going bankrupt with mismanagement of thier peoples money. Scranton PA. city manager said they only have $ 5,000.00 in the bank and are going broke. Another city in the north has to reduce public servants pay to minimum wage. What happens to our city if the fire & police men and women go from 30.000 to 40.000 a year to 12.000 a year? Would you be as safe as you are now???? Would you fight fires or crime and risk your life and not be able to feed your family or pay your bills ???? We know that Elizabeth City gives away a great deal of the peoples money and finances programs that we are not sure of. Isn't it time for a full public disclosure of where the city is, Financially ? Should the Mayor, council members as well as the City Manager be addressing this issue publicly to reasure the people or taking up mundane issues we read about in the Advance. When Cities with hundreds of thousands of people can go belly up could a much smaller city go alot quicker ??? This is not a rep, dem, black or white issue it is all of us. We have been told for sometime now that the end is near. Could that actually come to pass right here in city hall ???

Man Charged for Gun discharge at Walmart

I am just wondering why and how this gentleman can be charged with a crime when it was stated twice that his gun discharged accidentally, when the law states that the damage to property must be willful. The defination of willful states that it is done deliberately and with the intention of damaging something or someone. I think this could only be a civil matter and not a criminal one.

Health Care

Well what do you know there was a Benedict Arnold on the Supreme Court.

Veteran's

I am not sure if this is the proper venue, but there was an event down in Florida that totally and completely upset and enrage me. I am retired Navy. I enlisted in 1964 and retired in 1994, I gave nearly my entire adult life to serve my country and defend it. I remember returning from Vietnam, and tried to return to school, better myself and those around me. What I encountered was hate and distain. But resent events at a National Cemetary, a place where a Veteran has earned the right to be laid to rest, so discraceful that it can no longer be left alone. The funny part is that no one seems to care. The Veteran was alone, no family and honeless. Did he serve? Yes. Did he earn the right for a dignified funeral? Yes. Was he afforded the same respect that most of use give our pets? NO. Here is a Man that served his country, out lived his family, and died in the street. How did the VA treat him? His remains were place in a CARDBOARD BOX and he was buried in a shallow grave. No one bothered to say a word over him or offer respect. Just dig a hole and drop him in. What is wrong with us. Does it really matter whether a man or woman serves in Iraq or Vietnam or Germany, or Japan. When a man picks up a weapon and stands the post, has he not earned the right for; if nothing else, a respectful and dignified funeral? Tell me! tell me I am worng.

I am sorry this happened.

I hate the lack of respect and gratitude that is given the military. You are very right.

I Totally Disagree...Twice!

In today's "thumbs up-thumbs-down" piece, you castigated MACU for inviting a speaker who spoke him mind regarding the impossibility of co-existing with Shari law, the moral code of Islam. Islam's code calls for the extermination of those who do not convert to Islam. If this is not practical, then total subjugation becomes the goal. Sharia also mandates that women must cover their faces in public. Wearing a mask or covering to conceal one's identity in public is already a crime in many states. Shall we make exceptions for Muslims only? I think the DA's response was shortsighted and without merit. My second issue is with your thumbs-down to the wind power company who was provided faulty and incorrect information, while others were provided accurate results. Trying to "go green" has become somewhat of a bad joke in NENC. The gentleman who installed solar collectors was rebuffed by our local power utility, and only after much pressure was exerted, did they concede to give him a pittance for the excess power he generated. Now a forward looking individual investigates the potential of wind power, and is given bogus information. I would have thought that the DA would stand up for these individuals because of their efforts to "go green". And I would have thought the DA would have granted the MACU speaker the right to state his beliefs, even if they were, in your opinion, not "politically correct". Shame on you, Daily Advance. Thumbs down!

Fracking; Two years to save our water

The current plan to write adequate regulations before fracking can commence in NC is the right thing to do. Since we already know that water pollution is perhaps the greatest risk, then let's require producers and property owners to recover and treat chemical laden injection water. If they can put it in, then they should be able to take it out. Pumps work in both directions. If they can't take it out, then we should not proceed. Current plans require producers to maintain a bond that would pay for remediation, but by then it's too late. Ground water contamination is extremely difficult to fix and would take generations, not weeks or months like recovery of the floating oil of the Gulf Oil Spill. Apparently some chemical laden water is recovered and then re-injected into waste water wells in other locations. This is now known to trigger earthquakes in some locations and is twice as damaging as the original injection. So, speak with our legislators and let them know that we want injection fluids recovered and treated to drinking water standards. Respectfully Submitted, Force 12

Pay them! Churches, Stand UP!

The death of the plan to make payments to Eugenics victims is just plain mean and may end up costing millions more in court settlements than the plan itself. This legislature has created an expectation of justice and now there is none. Where there is no justice, there will be financial pain, guaranteed. I suppose that this legislature has done their fine calculations of probability and have discounted the likelihood, but it only takes one very angry citizen to have a large affect. Now we've created about 2,000 angry citizens that will make a tidy class action suit, finally. Aside from the matter of justice and finance, let's remember the vast silence of our god-fearing pro-life churches during the entire 50 year history of the program. With the exception of the few Catholics in this state, the rest of the churches really had nothing to say as we attacked our own citizens. This is particularly shameful behavior given the loud pro-life proclamations that started even before the 1977 end of the eugenics program. Where where you then, churches? Where are you now, churches? So, preachers, pastors, priests, I call upon you to use your political influence to change this outcome. Lead your sheep into the pasture of righteousness. You have the chance, now, to do the right thing that you failed to do in the past. Tell our legislators to put these payments back into the budget. The "Pandora's Box" point of view is just smoke to screen moral cowardice. What would Jesus do? Respectfully Submitted, Force 12

WHERE ARE ALL THE BOY SCOUTS

Being neither Dem or Rep i find that the events of late seem to be quickly scanned over by the news media and those who honestly think their views are the gospel. I can't relate to those who are closed minded enough to be influenced by anyones high handed political tatics. I have lived by the rule that nothing is free and if it smells like it and looks like it chances are it is. A lie is a lie is a lie.....Don't put vinagar on my collards and tell it it taste sweet. I'm talking to those who made this country and learned from their dads. Soldiers, policeman, fireman and any guy worth his salt. Everyone, present day has the rights to do and act in ways that your great grand parents would be outraged over. Men and women gave their lives for a country that sent them to WAR and did not want them when they survived and came home. They made them homeless, drunks and drug addicts to forget about the battles they fought.. With that said i have a few items for thought. American Gov't gives weapons to Mexican drug lords and they kill American law enforcment officers. Billions of American dollars given to foreign Countries every year????? American Gov't in every nations business and tells them what to do. Tell them what kind of Relgion to believe in and how their governments should be run. Now in hard times for Americans we hear Barrack Obama telling all small business owners all over the country that they are doing JUST FINE!!!!!! They are calling the most recent event ObamaGate ? There are so many other things i could list but you know what they are. As an unaffiliated voter i would prefer to give anyone else a shot at running the USA Because the money is all gone or being given away and no one is in charge. When an arrogant suit and his talking head buddies act like 007 with a license to do what they want it makes me feel bullied and i don't react very well to bullies... THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE, It is our country.

EARL JORDAN (THIEF) - EARLS USED CARS

Never do business with this man. He finds a way to steal from anyone. I recently purchased a vehicle from him in January and have been making bi-weekly payments to him in order to have the truck paid off by June 8th - ONLY 6 MONTHS - I was down to owing him $1700.00 when he shows up at my doorstep to repossess my truck. This old man takes me to court and I offer to pay him the ENTIRE AMOUNT OF $1700.00 but he said instead he wants my truck back. Of course he does... He took my truck as a trade in, sold it, took over $1500.00 cash from and then takes the truck back to resale and make more money. I didn't have a contract with Earl because I thought he was a honest man but I was wrong! HE IS A LIAR AND A THIEF! Do not buy a vehicle from this man unless you have a written contract, which I was told he doesn't do contracts so you are better off to not buy anything from this man!

WOW

I had the very same thing happen to me from this man! He is a thief and should be shut down by the law. He waits until you have the vehicle almost paid off and then takes it from you and resales it. Ridiculous!

What Happened to America ???

I read what others say about the Bill of Rights & The various Amendments but our Government does not abide by those same rights that are talked about in a matter of fact way by the media. We are told that we can or can't do this or that beacuse its un constitutional. The Federal Government, The washington DC talking heads go against everything this country stood for. So What Happened ??? We know that congress is corrupt with a whats in it for me attitude. We have two parties that tell us whats good for us and at the same time rob us of more each year. Each new president blames the last guy for eveything and will not man up and tell the truth. They go on TV like some movie star and sound like used car salesmen. For some reason they have these minions that will talk loud and tell you that their the best thing sence sliced bread. What we do know: I don't trust the President, The White House or Any Politician in Washington DC I don't trust Congress or the senate I don't trust the Supreme Court State and Local Governments are tainted by the $$$ Washington bribes them with. So whats the answer??? THERE IS NO ANSWER, AT LEAST IN THIS OR THE NEXT TWO OR THREE LIFE TIMES unless the people of this country stop believing the Governments lies. The next time you go to the airport and have to deal with the TSA ask yourself is this what the people in communist countries had to live with everyday? Our government takes more and more and tells us what to do more and more until maybe we will become one of those Communist Countries with our own dictator. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAND OF THE FREE ????????

Vote No on Amendment One

In a recent letter to the editor published on 04/21/12 tittled ," Defending Traditional Marriage not Bigotry " , a reader gave his opinion on the relationship between marriage and poverty . The most recent US census statistics ( 2010 ) showed lower income levels of same sex couples when compared to heterosexual couples . Poverty levels are particularly higher among minority same sex couples living in rural areas . Homosexuals , lesbians , and transexuals have to deal with discrimination within their families, in their communities , educational facilities , workplace , and job market . Most states do not license same sex marriages . States , and the Federal goverment do not recognize same sex relationships for purposes of employee benefits . Same sex couples do not enjoy the legal , economic , health insurance , or tax benefits available for heterosexual married couples .It is a Self Fullfilling Prophecy . Well educated same sex couples who are professionals , or working well remunerated jobs do well economically , and are able to raise children as well as an heterosexual couple . Many Christians form different denominations ( including catholics in spite the official position of the Catholic Dioceses in Raleigh ) are againts Amendment One . Jesus gave us a new commandment : " ...that you love one another ; just as I have loved you , you also are to love one another . By this all people will know that you are my disciples , if you have love for one another . " Gospel of John 13: 34-35 . Are we practicing what we preach when we intend to adopt a discriminatory amnedment in our constitution ? . A three judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals delared California's Proposition 8 banning licensing of same sex marriages unconstitutional because it discriminates againts a minority for no compelling reason . The same will holds true of Amendment One if approved . The authors of the amendment added a " disclaimer " telling the courts that it " ... does'nt prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party nor does this section prohibits courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts . " Anticipating that this amendment will be taken to court , they have made obvious its discriminatory nature . In my opinion , it would be immoral , and unchristian to vote for Amendment One . Vote No on Amendment One . Respectfully : William E Philippi MD .

Sombody's going to get killed!

There needs to be a left turn arrow on the River Road/Pitts Chapel Road as it intersects the Weeksville road. The boundary between city and county seems a little confused there, but whoever has jurisdiction needs to do something real soon about this dangerous intersection. JP

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