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Reduction of Great Oak Involvement

Text of Email 30 April 2014 This email is being sent to many persons with whom I interacted over the past several years because of your financial and/or volunteer support of Great Oak Youth Development Center. I would prefer to address each of you by name; however, given the sizeable listing of individuals, time does […]

“1 Police Finalist Is Black” So What?

Background – Karl W. Merritt The Purpose of karlmerritt.com: After all my years of living, there are still some things I do not fully understand.  However, I am sure of my love for God, family, other people, Fayetteville, and the United States of America.  These loves cause me to be very concerned about various issues […]

My 47% – or Whatever Percent

Yesterday, 4 November 2012, I sent out an e-newsletter that contained my article titled “47% High, Assessment Absolutely Correct.” The article explained my thinking regarding the 47% comment made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. If you did not read that e-newsletter, check your email inbox. It will also be available on my website, karlmerritt.com, […]

47% High, Assessment Absolutely Correct

4 November 2012 Governor Mitt Romney overstated the percentage, but his assessment as to where he should invest campaign resources is absolutely correct. Here is what the governor said that has attracted tremendous attention and discussion: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there […]

An Article Worth Reading

After all my years of living, there are still some things I do not fully understand. However, I am sure of my love for God, family, other people, Fayetteville, and the United States of America. These loves cause me to be very concerned about various issues and happenings in our world. As part of my […]

My Spinning Head

I have been following the consent search (or Driving While Black) issue over the past fifteen or so months. The contention by some is that since roughly three times as many black citizens undergo consent searches as white citizens, racial profiling is being practiced by the Fayetteville Police Department. As the public tension surrounding this […]

Losing Sleep

I seldom have trouble sleeping.  Friday night, 9 March 2012, was an exception to that rule.  Since my golf game is improving, I got home that day in time to watch the 5:00 pm news on television.  There it was, Dale Iman, Fayetteville City Manager, had resigned under pressure from Fayetteville City Council.  This was […]

Race and Class Politics: Fayetteville Style

I love and greatly appreciate America and Fayetteville. Consequently, this is proving to be a very difficult and painful emotional and mental time for me as I watch what I believe is the demise of our Country. A major cause of this demise is the detrimental misuse of race and class in the national political […]

Regarding Chief Bergamine

On 10 January 2012, I sent an email to all Fayetteville City Council members. In that email I shared my thoughts regarding the treatment of Chief Tom Bergamine and the Fayetteville Police Department during the ongoing consent search debate. Council Members, I just finished reading a zillion Observer articles where people are saying citizens have […]

No More Going Quietly

This opinion piece was published in Up and Coming Weekly (newspaper in Fayetteville, NC) during August 2009. No More Going Quietly by Karl W. Merritt I am starting this article at 4:20 AM and must finish it while in the right mood. This is the case because what follows is the product of an experience […]

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