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My Spin  

"My Spin" is the creation of media impresario Tom Campbell, who has plied his craft in communication delivery systems of: newspapers, television and television.

Now Impressario Campbell tries on the Internet, via Beaufort County NOWw, and our sister NOWs.

Check in from time to time, and get an idea just what is Tom's current "spin."

The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
 
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
 
Will Coronavirus Be as Bad as the 1918 Flu Epidemic in North Carolina?
 
The American Revolution may have claimed “the shot heard round the world,” but the 2020 Primary Elections had the endorsement heard round the country.
The American Revolution may have claimed “the shot heard round the world,” but the 2020 Primary Elections had the endorsement heard round the country.
 
Every human requires food, clothing, shelter, air and water to survive. Many of us don’t worry about these basic needs, but food scarcity and shelter are concerns for too many North Carolinians.
Every human requires food, clothing, shelter, air and water to survive. Many of us don’t worry about these basic needs, but food scarcity and shelter are concerns for too many North Carolinians.
 
Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise.
Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise.
 
The John Bolton I experienced at Duke’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected.
The John Bolton I experienced at Duke’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected.
 
As we plunge into North Carolina’s 2020 election cycle I’ve been thinking about what is wrong with current debate models and what can be done to make them more interesting and informative.
As we plunge into North Carolina’s 2020 election cycle I’ve been thinking about what is wrong with current debate models and what can be done to make them more interesting and informative.
 
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
 
There were many leaders in the civil rights movement, but none shone so brightly as Dr. Martin Luther King.
There were many leaders in the civil rights movement, but none shone so brightly as Dr. Martin Luther King.
 
Three former Governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.
Three former Governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.
 
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes.
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes.
 
The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace in most homes and automobiles were not just for the rich.
The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace in most homes and automobiles were not just for the rich.
 
Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s number one story in 2020.
Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s number one story in 2020.
 
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word quarrelsome.
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word quarrelsome.
 
How can we learn to live peaceably with all of God’s creation?
How can we learn to live peaceably with all of God’s creation?
 
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state.
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state.
 
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday?
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday?
 
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower… and paid a price for it.
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower… and paid a price for it.
 
‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving And all through the state. The turkeys were frightened They’d end up on your plate.
‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving And all through the state. The turkeys were frightened They’d end up on your plate.
 
What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children.
What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children.
 
Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions.
Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions.
 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.

Trust

 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.
 
The President’s Acting Chief of Staff stood in the White House briefing room and confessed to activities considered by some impeachable, by others at least illegal. In closing, he proclaimed: “I have news for everybody. Get over it!”
The President’s Acting Chief of Staff stood in the White House briefing room and confessed to activities considered by some impeachable, by others at least illegal. In closing, he proclaimed: “I have news for everybody. Get over it!”
 
The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and Superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.
The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and Superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.
 
A search committee is at work to select the next president of the 16 campus UNC System.
A search committee is at work to select the next president of the 16 campus UNC System.
 
The outside of the envelope was printed in big bold type: “Do Not Destroy. Official Document.” Being one who generally follows rules, I wouldn’t dare destroy and couldn’t wait to open it.
The outside of the envelope was printed in big bold type: “Do Not Destroy. Official Document.” Being one who generally follows rules, I wouldn’t dare destroy and couldn’t wait to open it.
 
Climate change has become less about science and more about politics.
Climate change has become less about science and more about politics.
 
At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.
At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.
 
Do you remember the movie “Groundhog Day?” Every day the protagonist, Bill Murray, awakened to live the day, February 2nd, over and over again. North Carolinians might be justified feeling like we’ve lived this movie.
Do you remember the movie “Groundhog Day?” Every day the protagonist, Bill Murray, awakened to live the day, February 2nd, over and over again. North Carolinians might be justified feeling like we’ve lived this movie.
 
High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
 
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
 
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do?
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do?
 
This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath.
This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath.
 
Whatever happened to Moderates?
 
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your seventh decade, every year should be both a celebration and a time for reflection.
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your seventh decade, every year should be both a celebration and a time for reflection.
 
I grew up in the “separate but equal” school era, although we knew Black schools weren’t equal. The 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
I grew up in the “separate but equal” school era, although we knew Black schools weren’t equal. The 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
 
We have experienced a decade of economic growth and the big questions many are asking is whether this growth will continue or if there will be a recession in our future?
We have experienced a decade of economic growth and the big questions many are asking is whether this growth will continue or if there will be a recession in our future?
 
In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment.
In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment.
 
One of North Carolina’s great traditions is the annual community gathering to observe Independence Day. In the town of Oriental, all the churches unite for an outdoor community worship service, held as part of the annual Croaker Festival.
One of North Carolina’s great traditions is the annual community gathering to observe Independence Day. In the town of Oriental, all the churches unite for an outdoor community worship service, held as part of the annual Croaker Festival.
 
I’ve always likened North Carolina’s budget process to a dance, but this year it is hard to tell whether it’s a boogaloo, dosey-doe or the chicken dance. Longtime observers say they’ve never seen anything like what’s taking place.
I’ve always likened North Carolina’s budget process to a dance, but this year it is hard to tell whether it’s a boogaloo, dosey-doe or the chicken dance. Longtime observers say they’ve never seen anything like what’s taking place.
 
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