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Disgusted, angry, frustrated, struggling against hopelessness; and a whole bunch of other destructive emotions

Just a few days ago, a “real” friend of mine called me. He lives half-way across the country. In effect, his greeting was that he had not seen any opinion pieces from me lately and wanted to know if I was alright. My response was honest and forthright. I explained that watching the destructive happenings […]

Councilwoman Tisha Waddell Resigns

Tisha Waddell was in her second term on the Fayetteville City Council, representing District 3, which is where I live. In my opinion, she has served in absolutely outstanding fashion. Waddell brought to public service the rare qualities of thinking clearly based on consideration of facts, standing up for the reasonable actions and policies that […]

Councilwoman Tisha Waddell in her own words: Not seeking reelection

1 July 2021 Introduction of Opinion Piece by Councilwoman Tisha Waddell by Karl Merritt Councilwoman Tisha Waddell recently wrote an opinion piece in which she announced her decision not to seek another term on Fayetteville City Council and not to run for mayor. I live in District Three which is represented by Councilwoman Waddell. She […]

Colvin and Chavonne: Difficult Topic/Civil Discussion

25 June 2021 It is extremely rare in America that there can be a civil and informative discussion where focus on race, meaning allegations of racism, is confronted by a thoughtful presentation of facts. I recently had the astounding experience of watching such a conversation. On 7 June 2021, Mitch Colvin and Tony Chavonne discussed […]

Vote Yes Fayetteville: An Opportunity for Repentance

In 2006/7, I led the opposition to an effort to restructure the Fayetteville City Council. I was wrong. Vote Yes Fayetteville is a current attempt to change the Council make-up from nine single member districts to five single and four at-large seats. This is an opportunity for correcting a serious past failing, and I am […]

COVID-19 Legislation: More Manipulation of Americans

9 April 2021 To our country’s detriment, power-hungry politicians and a cooperative media are manipulating Americans. Democrats have mastered manipulation as a political strategy. Republicans have allowed, and continue to allow, this Democratic strategy to be successful. They enable this destructive strategy by failing to instruct the public regarding governmental processes, sensible reasons for their […]

Black America’s Destructive Change in Strategy and Tactics

I am starting this opinion piece on 28 January 2021; Black History Month begins in a few days. As I think about the intended purpose of that designated time, an overwhelming sense of sorrow, of grief, overtakes me. A Black History Month article (updated 27 January 2021) at http://www.history.com gives this purpose for the month: […]

America’s Rapidly Unfolding Suicide

18 January 2021 On Wednesday, 6 January 2021, a group of protesters forcefully entered the Capitol building in Washington; causing extensive damage to the building and putting the well-being of occupants in danger. Those in the building included, but were not limited to senators, representatives, and Capitol police officers. The prevailing assessment by the media, […]

2020 Presidential Election: Readers tell me my eyes lie

4 January 2021 On 20 November 2020, I posted an article to my website titled “Election Integrity: America, we have a problem“. My contention was that there is sufficient evidence to doubt the fairness and legality of the 2020 Presidential Election result. The prevailing conclusion is that Joe Biden won the election. The readers’ comments […]

Election Integrity: America, we have a problem

I have not been surprised, in the least, that the media has downplayed, and vociferously attacked, President Trump’s contention that the 2020 Presidential Election was plagued by illegal actions.  This kind of response is to be expected in today’s America where seemingly half of the population and 99% of media are totally committed to not […]

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