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I have a high regard for life — the living, breathing, moving kind. Doesn’t matter if it’s plant, animal or human, most of the time I’m into “live and let live.” Now that doesn’t … more
There are benefits with aging, beyond just more time. Alec Guinness, for instance, had enjoyed a long and distinguished stage and screen career when he played Obi-wan Kenobi in the original … more
Even with the recent decision by the state Supreme Court, the governing board of elected lay leaders at our church voted unanimously to continue the suspension of our in-person gatherings, including … more
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In our world today, there are all kinds of awards and honors — Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, military medals and ribbons, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the award I got from my college … more
To The Editor: I am writing in response to last week’s Letter to the Editor (“It’s time to re-open America,” May 14). Very funny! And to think, I almost took it seriously and got … more
During this global pandemic, we have witnessed terrible suffering not only by those who are sick and dying, but also by those experiencing financial hardship. More then 36 million people have lost … more
Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most … more
To The Editor: Thank you for the extensive coverage of the COVID-19 virus and impacts on Chatham County. Your newspaper content the past two months reminds all of us why local newspapers are vital … more
To the editor: During National Police Week, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the law enforcement community for their diligence in maintaining the safety of the … more
I’ve been playing Scrabble for almost as long as I can remember, introduced to the classic board game by my parents when I was young. I most associate Scrabble with the beach, especially those … more
We’re preparing for a move, and in doing some closet-cleaning over the weekend I came across a 50-year-old note tucked away in a small box of family memorabilia. Typewritten on the inside of a … more
To the editor: The Unified Development Ordinance for Pittsboro, with the Tree Ordinance section, was slated to be completed in the winter of 2019. Town Board member Michael Fiocco took the draft … more
There are many things I’ve take for granted, I understand more keenly now, through the lens of current events. It’s a much longer list than I probably even presently realize. The absurdity … more
We are living in a global crisis. In such a time as this, fear abounds. Fear for our health, fear for our economy and fear of the unknown. This is a time when hope matters. Perhaps a mantra or … more
By now the cards are sent, the flowers are delivered and the presents are presented and it’s back into the box for Mother’s Day until 2021. Some folks say that day is made just for Hallmark … more
My reputation among the squirrels in my yard has taken a pretty good beating these last couple of weeks. They no longer fear me. Mockery, instead, is the new reality. I suppose I’ve gotten … more
I’m going to wander out here onto a limb and hope it doesn’t get cut out under me to make a general statement that no matter who or what you believe about the coronavirus pandemic that you’re … more
When 2019 rolled over into 2020 and the 12 months that lay ahead were promising blank canvases, I did something I’d never done at the launch of any other year: I set a reading goal. And like … more
We are living through a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has brought physical, emotional and economic suffering. No one knows what the future holds. It may well include greater hardships and more … more
Information is a hot commodity in the age of COVID-19, and, unfortunately, as currency, there’s a pretty robust black market for those who trade in it. Rumors. Hearsay. Social media rants. … more
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