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The country has lost its empathy

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

A major problem in our society today seems to be a lack of empathy. That ability and willingness to put ones self in other people's shoes, seems lost and archaic.

What happened to the following sentiments? "Give us your tied, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teaming shore;" "Love thy neighbor;" "He ain't heavy, he's my brother;" or "thou shalt not kill."

All good words to live by, all requiring the ability to forget about ourselves for a while and see what others need.

On a national level, so much of our selfishness seems to have originated in the Reagan era, when making money and deregulating everything to the detriment of the common man and the common good came into vogue.

Donald Trump has taken it to a whole other level with a self righteous, nasty, narcissistic persona that almost mandates putting down the poor, the disabled, women and all minorities in favor of those who have it made it monetarily.

Can you imagine this president ever rolling up his sleeves and actually helping someone less fortunate than himself? What ever happened to the Abe Lincolns, the Roosevelts or Johnsons whose presidencies really helped those less able to help themselves?

Trump has got to go before he and those too timid to oppose him regulate who may or may not vote and further packs the courts with minions of his same mindset.

Bill Redding

Greenville

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June 17, 2019

Recently the Greenville Advocacy Team of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) met at Congressman G.K. Butterfield's Wilson office for a conference call with his legislative director in D.C., Kyle Parker. Also on this call was the FCNL team from Durham. The purpose of this call was…

June 17, 2019

I read with considerable interest the Associate Press story by Lindsey Tanner headlined “Deaths from falls …,” on Sunday, June 9, page B2.

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June 16, 2019

Recent flash flooding of downtown vehicles and businesses is, unfortunately, not the first nor last flooding threat to our safety, quality of life and economic development. Fortunately, downtown flooding threats will be alleviated by the massive Town Creek Culvert Project now underway and put in…

June 16, 2019

I believe, in general, Republican legislators in the state and federal government don't give a darn about the well being of the people. They have recently reduced the regulations on air and water quality, saying that they are too restrictive, and that reducing them is “good enough.”…

June 15, 2019

The anti-God, anti-American Democrat party is presently working to get back into national power by any means necessary.

Democrats have always been the party of slavery and now they coddle the communist, socialist, Marxist and the Muslims. Put all of the above groups together and you have a force…

June 14, 2019

In regard to the deceptively and antagonistically titled letter, “Image of GPD defies reality” (Public Forum, June 9), I offer the following:

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June 12, 2019

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Elias, I was told at 16 weeks that if I continued my pregnancy, I was risking my own death and leaving my sons and husband without me. “If it comes down to it,” my care team asked, “Do you want us to save you or your unborn child?…

June 10, 2019

Good health is a requirement for all of us. When someone is sick, they can’t work, learn or be a fully engaged in the community.

Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors don’t have the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Approximately 6,577 people in Pitt County alone have no…

June 09, 2019

Michael Abramowitz’ June 2 article for the Interfaith Clergy asks Greenville residents to “create a more positive public image” of law enforcement officers. Under the headline, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” he describes plans for a “Blessing of the Badges”…

June 02, 2019

What is that old saying? Turnabout is fair play? I also like that saying about karma, and what you sow that also shall you reap. Before this is over, Republicans will wish Hillary was elected so they could have done to her what they are about to go through.

They are locked into an untenable…

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