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To the editor: Hitler’s first moves were to divide the nation, arrest Jews who were in assembly, disarm the citizens, get rid of local law enforcement and burn books to eliminate history when he … more
To the Editor: Responding to Steven Beckstrand’s letter to the editor (“For the second time in my life, I won’t vote Republican,” News + Record, July 23-29 edition), this individual lives … more
On top of the 150,000 lives that have been lost to COVID-19 in the U.S., our society has suffered the loss of a shared and common decency. Instead of uniting against a lethal threat, this virus … more
I’ve spent the majority of my career working for Christian organizations, starting as a YMCA camp counselor and culminating at my current role with Chatham Habitat for Humanity. Which is why it … more
Some few years ago Better Half and I had a screened-in back porch added to our humble dwelling. It started out to be a deck but somewhere between starting and finishing, we had the inspiration: why … more
The school year starts in a few weeks, and my stress level is through the ceiling. Yes, Chatham County Schools decided late last week to operate on Plan C — remote learning only — for four … more
I don’t remember the year Stormy died, but I remember the day. It was summer, and it was hot, and I had some kind of meeting to go to that night. We had an in-ground pool in our backyard and … more
To the Editor: The first time I voted in a presidential general election was 1996. The Republican platform that year called for a new president because, in part our “society grows more violent … more
One week into the stay-at-home order, I caved and downloaded TikTok. I witnessed my teenage sister and my father try to recreate the popular “Blinding Lights” dance. And somehow, the algorithm … more
Last week’s Chatham County school board meeting centered on the decision to reopen schools this fall. Yet, there was also discussion regarding the 2021 school district for Seaforth High School. … more
Folks everywhere have a wide range of teachers during their lives. Sometimes we even pay attention to them and the lessons being taught, but sometimes we don’t. One of the tricks to life is trying … more
To the Editor: Putatively, “based on scientific data,” on March 27, NC Executive Order (EO) No. 121 mandated individuals “stay home” and distance six feet, and closed “non-essential” … more
“All must mask.” Those were the words of an intensive care medical doctor at a large hospital in Florida. I was struck by the simplicity and profoundness of his words. They just made common … more
In addition to a nod at the rock ’n’ roll song by Alice Cooper, my title is hyperbole. I don’t really think that schools should be permanently closed. But with the rise in COVID-19 cases, I … more
Coming to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, I was shocked to find how much it appeared to me to resemble the South Africa I had left in the late 70s at the height of apartheid. U.S. activists, … more
The good folks who listen to me from Sunday to Sunday ­— maybe “endure” would be a better word — know how I often speak of the importance of words and how we should strive to use the … more
I know many of you are experiencing heightened anxiety, or nightmares about social distancing, or headaches while scrolling through misinformation. I know you are feeling pressured to stay … more
To the editor: Last week’s story “Town approves first public park built by Chatham Park” (July 2-8 edition) needs some clarifications. The article describes this as “the first of seven … more
Once again, a prominent leader in North Carolina is coming under intense criticism for responding to a “Black Lives Matter” inquiry with the “But All Lives Matter” retort. UNC-Wilmington … more
There’s some good-natured debate (or ribbing) within my immediate family (meaning my kids — I mean, my wife thinks I’m good at everything) about my various and sundry skillsets, or lack … more
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