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Dear Walter Jones

Though we've never met, I confess to a love-hate relationship with you. You're an old-school conservative with a stubborn streak -- and you actually act on your convictions. Which brings me to a request. Won't you please act on those convictions now?

You know the Trump administration stinks to high heaven, you see it every day. Someone has to stop the craziness, and I believe that someone has to be you. You must make impeachment happen. America needs you to step up, Congressman Jones. It's part of your job.

Your friend,

James

Opioid addiction in North Carolina

It's a problem that's getting worse, but don't expect the General Assembly to give a damn. They're busy policing bathrooms. Meanwhile, in the real world, Buncombe County is trying to stem the tide of opioid addiction. That takes money, right?

Carolina Public Press has the story.

http://carolinapublicpress.org/26806/26806/

Common ground: Preserve the United States of America

Over the past several years, a familiar refrain from moderates on the left, right, and center has been "find common ground." Fed up with partisan division, these people have implored politicians to reach across the aisle and work together. Sadly, we've arrived at a new place in history only one specific issue needs our collective attention: the collapse of America's moral standing in the world.

Tillis MIA too

Richard Burr is rightfully getting skewered for allowing our democracy to be held ransom to Russian oligarchs, but don't forget there's another senator supposedly representing North Carolina, Thom Tillis. Though a lightweight in his first term, Tillis is nonetheless a United States Senator, and as such, has enormous power should he choose to exercise it.

Burr isn't just an incompetent slacker, he's also corrupt

For years friends have told me that Senator Richard Burr is a nice guy. They characterized him as an affable frat boy, proud of not wearing socks. They said he'd never do anything of importance, but that he would be a good soldier, for the most part, and toe the party line. No one ever said he'd prove to be a corrupt lap dog to the most dishonest president in history. But that's what he is.

Dear historians

Looking back on America in the early 21st century, it's clear that one of the great near-misses for democracy was the short-lived presidency of Donald Trump. A con man through and through, Trump flaunted his power like cokehead tweeting porn at three in the morning, daring anyone to challenge him.

Calling Senator Burr ... again

Let me make sure I understand this.

Senator Burr is the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Intelligence (how's that for an oxymoron?). That committee held secret meetings in December and reported no evidence or concern about Russian involvement in US affairs. Yesterday, one of Cheeto's top military men resigned after it was learned that he had extensive and illegal contact with Russians during the course of the campaign. It looks to me like Mr. Burr is part of the cover-up.

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