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To the Editor: New York, Houston, Chicago, even Chapel Hill: what do they have in common? The answer: a bike lane. Bikes help reduce carbon footprint, are cheap, and rarely cost anything for … more
Every year, almost 20% of the world’s food is wasted. That’s what the United Nations concluded in its 2021 Food Waste Index Report, released in March. “(T)he true scale of food waste and … more
To the Editor: On April 23, my husband and I went to Lowe’s in Pittsboro. We were shopping for lights. A young woman, Pam, came to help us. Suddenly, my husband crumpled. Pam grabbed him … more
I have continued to reflect upon the speech that Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., gave after President Joseph Biden’s address to Congress. In light of Mother’s Day last Sunday, it’s fitting to note … more
Life is full of questions — of all degrees. Some are profound, such as “Why do bad things happen to good people?” That’s not a new one; it’s been going on since the invention of people. … more
To the Editor: As North Carolina faces an economic crisis amidst a pandemic, our community colleges will be key to recovery efforts. North Carolina will undoubtedly turn to its 58 community … more
Here is a test for you. Look at our state flag. There are a couple of dates. One of them is May 20, 1775. Why is it there? A few years ago I wrote a column about Charlotte lawyer Scott … more
On the frequent mornings I’m up and out on the back porch before sunrise, I’m treated to the melodic warbling of a songbird who lives in the woods behind our house. The preciseness of the onset … more
Are nurse anesthetists overpaid by 74%? Are telemarketers underpaid by 25%? If you accept the standard statistical model used to defend huge and sweeping pay raises for public schoolteachers, then … more
In a normal year, Van Culberson would be ramping up production at his saw mill after a mostly fallow winter. Instead, Siler City’s Carolina Wood Enterprises has operated at full bore for the better … more
When I think about climate change, I think about my brother-in-law Tillman. Tillman spent his career with Big Oil. He traveled the world finding places to drill, baby, drill. He’s now … more
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which means lots of discounts, gifts and goodies for teachers around the country and in Chatham. After a year filled with COVID-19 challenges, this week brings … more
Throughout the short years of my little life, I’ve been hooked on reading. There are lots of reasons. Innate personality, for one. We can’t change how we’re created and birthed. And … more
On April 21, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a clear goal for North Carolina — get two-thirds of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Should North Carolina hit … more
To the Editor: Regarding the April 21 News + Record article (“CCS’ Hubert West reflects on Legacy as UNC’s first Black head coach”) by Hannah McClellan: As a journalist myself and a … more
Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., has an impressive legislative track record. The only Black Republican in the Senate has crafted new laws to spur investment in low-income communities and change federal … more
Voting is the right by which all our other rights are protected, to paraphrase Thomas Paine. Equal access to the ballot box is the bedrock foundation of our democracy and vital to the health of our … more
To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of StopChathamNorth, an advocacy group representing concerned residents of the Briar Chapel community. We have been following your series of articles … more
The amount of heat-trapping emissions humans have spewed into our atmosphere since last Earth Day was 10% less than a typical year, a cause for celebration if not for one salient fact: the reduction … more
To the Editor: The past year has been difficult for us all. As a father, I know personally how much effort it takes to balance work and life; with students having to work remotely, like many of us … more
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