So why is the US sending troops to secure Syria's border? How about securing our own border first? I think it is...

It's all black and white on CBS


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Color TV on CBS has changed to “black and white” with Monday night’s new schedule. I am not referring to reprises of the Dick Van Dyke series, or the Beverly Hillbillies — not even I Love Lucy.

I’m referring to its fall primetime lineup. First comes The Neighbor, a sitcom pitting a middle class black family and a middle class white family (neighbors) against each other for the most laughs as each deals with everyday problems from violence and school bullying to familial relationships.

Next is Bob (hearts) Abishola … an evolving romance between an overweight white, seemingly rich (he owns a Cadillac), male socks manufacturer and the Nigerian nurse who tended him after he had a mild heart attack. Her African-American extended family is pushing her to marry Bob so they can indulge in his wealth since they are living with Abishola.

Then follows All Rise, where the newly appointed female black judge, with several white associates, has to solve the problem of a Federal ICE agent trying to take into custody an illegal alien in her courtroom in California, a sanctuary state. With some wise advice from a white attorney and her new white female judge colleague, she remedies the dilemma.

Bull, the old “kid on the block,” has DiNozzo, from NCIS, portraying a jury expert who wins unsettling sorts of justice by assessing the decision-making mechanism of a jury to manipulate the outcome. One associate (what used to be referred to as a “token” black) is a gay, ex-pro football player with a troubled daughter in college.

There has been a hue and cry for portrayal of persons of color and persons with other sexual identities on TV. Let’s hope this new season will satisfy all viewers and maintain the quality of viewing with which folks have become accustomed.

John R. Cleary



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


October 20, 2019

It’s municipal election time in Greenville and Mayor P.J. Connelly is running for re-election. Two years seems a short time for a mayor to establish an agenda and to realize successes that have been beneficial to the City of Greenville. He and our City Council still have irons in the fire…

October 18, 2019

It appears the Trump administration is trying to find a way to get us into a war with Iran without Congressional approval. Why else sacrifice our allies the Kurds?

I disagree with op-ed columnist, Marc Thiessen’s assessment that “The cry that America is fighting ‘endless…

October 17, 2019

In his most recent “tour de ignorance” in Sunday’s Reflector, Vic Corey again praises the Trumpster and condemns the Democratic Party as “Communist.”

Some time ago, after a writer applauded Mr. Corey as a product of the “school of hard knocks,” I lamented…

October 16, 2019

Two years ago, after becoming a consistently obstructionist voice on the Greenville City Council, Calvin Mercer was facing the daunting prospect of running against and probably losing his seat to the forward-thinking Brian Meyerhoeffer.

Mercer decided to try to put himself in power through the…

October 15, 2019

In his article it appears that Bill Redding in his letter (Don’t mix religion, politics, Oct 10) is deriding both Mr. Graham and President Trump for their religious beliefs. He is right that, only God can fix our problems, but he works through the efforts of his people as they do his will.…

October 14, 2019

When I go to the grocery store and buy a dozen eggs in a foam plastic carton, I always open the carton and check the eggs before I put them in my grocery cart. It is not that I think the grocery store would short change me, but I am investing some of my family money and need to check the eggs.


October 13, 2019

I can't remember a Republican politician ever admitting to being wrong about anything, or apologizing for any lousy deed he or she might have done.

Then comes former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who in the past lied nearly every time he opened his mouth. He made up lies about Obama/Democrats.…

October 13, 2019

I am in agreement with Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the UN, that President Trump’s victories are a big win for every America — unless you are a member of the Democratic/Communist party that is.

Our great president is working hard every day to make America more safe, more prosperous…

October 12, 2019

At the suggestion of my wife, we moved from Raleigh to Greenville two years ago this week. It was a great suggestion and we have loved being a part of this community.

After almost 40 years in Raleigh, Greenville is a nice change of pace. From what I read in the Daily Reflector, I am not sure that…

October 10, 2019

Opportunity exists for youth to develop their math skills, their problem-solving skills, and their social skills. The means for these desirable outcomes isn’t magic, it’s bridge.

Bridge is an excellent tool to develop critical thinking and inferential reasoning, plus it gives the youth…

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