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Controlled Black Thought in My Face

7 November 2022 My most recent opinion column was titled “Unpacking the Political Actions of Black Americans.” In order to understand the account that follows, if you have not read that opinion column, you will want to do so. Click this link: https://www.karlmerritt.com/2022/10/25/unpacking-the-political-actions-of-black-americans/ On the afternoon of 2 November 2022, my wife and I went […]

Unpacking the Political Actions of Black Americans

25 October 2022 At every level of my being, it pains me to share the thoughts reflected in this opinion column. However, I believe that God and circumstances require me to do so. With a look of bewilderment, a white man asked me why any black Fayetteville citizens would oppose an arrangement that allows them […]

A Thought-provoking Experience on a Myrtle Beach Bench

13 September 2022 I am convinced that God finds ways to speak to us. One of the great challenges in this arrangement is recognizing when God is the one speaking or directing. By no means am I referring to audible communication. No, this is about the Holy Spirit connecting with our spirit and giving us […]

Majority of Fayetteville, NC City Council…a Dictatorship Government

29 August 2022 For several years, I have been extremely disturbed by various actions of our city council. However, the Council’s 6-4 vote on 22 August 2022 not to authorize a referendum on the Vote Yes Fayetteville petition has sent my disgust and distrust to a level beyond description. In my estimation, the six council […]

God, Thank You for My Real Friends

11 August 2022 On 20 February 2022, I released an e-newsletter in which I shared my struggle with all that I believe is going extremely wrong in America. The title was “Disgusted, angry, frustrated, struggling against hopelessness; and a whole lot of other destructive emotions.” That piece is available at http://www.karlmerritt.com/2022/02/20/disgusted-angry-frustrated-struggling-against-hopelessness-and-a-whole-bunch-of-other-destructive-emotions/. That was the last […]

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 […]

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