Monthly Archives: June 2022

Case For Arming Teachers

By R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D Editor’s note: Mr. Harrop resides in our area, and is a regular contributor to this newspaper.  The tragedy this past week in Uvalde, Texas, calls for a reassessment of student and teacher protection. This incident is another of several that show current procedures are not effective. The purpose of this article is to make the case for arming and training teachers (and other school staff) to assist in the defense of students and themselves against the evil of mass shooters. Here are some factors to consider: 1) Response Time Salvador Ramos, the killer at Cobb Elementary S…

MAYORAL CANDIDATE JEFFREY ODHAM CALLS FOR RUNOFF IN NEW BERN

By Jeffrey Odham After spending the Memorial Day weekend with my family, and participating in several events throughout our community, I have decided to call for a runoff in the race for Mayor of The City of New Bern. With just 4 votes separating first and second place, and neither candidate meeting the 50% plus 1 threshold, this race is undecided. From the moment the results came in on election night, I have fielded many calls, emails and texts from citizens and community leaders encouraging me to call for a runoff. I am very appreciative of all the support and votes received during the recent ele…