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Let’s face it: we’re tribal. We like belonging. We like being “right.” We like being a part of the in crowd, however we might define “in” — whether based on popularity, entitlement … more
In the 1970s, when my older brother and I were kids, we got a lot of amusement from television advertisements for Grecian Formula. Those commercials for men’s hair coloring ran frequently during … more
I never served in the armed forces, but both of my parents did. My dad was an officer aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal, an aircraft carrier, and my mom was a Naval nurse. They met in the Navy, and even … more
The recent downturn in the temperature tells us that summer has spent its last days, but you didn’t really need me to inform you of that. Add in the recent “fall back” of the clock and … more
To the editor: To all hate groups: we descendants of confederate soldiers beseech you to not show up at the confederate statue in Pittsboro or any confederate monuments in any city. Your very … more
My recently deceased friend was known to play upon his famous namesake: Bond…James Bond. But he preferred to be known simply as Jim. Upon his retirement as the dean of the Seattle University … more
The author of the letter to the editor, “The monument is our voice” (Oct. 31-Nov. 6 edition) was Michael Tysor of Bear Creek, not Richard Tysor. The News + Record regrets the error. more
In prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was in my third year as a college freshman, I took some of the introductory courses in the UNC School of Journalism. It was during those … more
To the editor: I’ve always marveled at the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville and thought if he had been an American citizen he could have easily been president. However, I didn’t know how … more
to the editor: When U.S. law covering hate crimes was voted into existence, surely there was a list explaining the actions that were considered a hate crime. It is my personal opinion that there … more
There have been days, though I can’t remember specific ones, that I probably could have used an extra hour. But Sunday wasn’t one of them. Not that Sunday — a pleasing day off, after all, … more
Decades ago, when I first gravitated towards journalism as a career, I knew I wanted to work with words and facts and ink and paper and deadlines. I never considered the work would involve … more
There’s a chill in the air. Fall is here. The calendar says so but the weather confirms it. Sure, there are still some warm, even muggy days. It’s been said, and often, by natives and … more
To the editor: According to the King James Bible, Genesis, Chapter 7, Verse 23, “Only Noah and those who were with him on the Ark remained alive.” Since every human on Earth today came from … more
To the editor: The “Our Confederate Heroes” monument should stay exactly where it is and not be removed as a result of four of five current county commissioners who have voted to remove it. It … more
We get it. You made your point. You came, you did your thing. Now please take your mess somewhere else. We understand. Chatham County, and Pittsboro in particular, happens to be where a … more
To the editor: To the Confederate Statue protestors: Recent published reports in this newspaper have listed non-Chatham County resident protestors as being arrested for a number of offenses … more
To the editor: To Chatham News + Record readers and Pittsboro voters: Please accept my full answers to the previously submitted Pittsboro Town Candidate Questionnaire. Thank you for all of the … more
Is it just me or do the months of the year at times seem to take on a life of their own? It’s almost as if they have personalities, it seems, and those personalities then affect us. January … more
To the editor: Some anti-Confederates claim monuments remind them of slavery. • 169 years of slavery under the Union Jack of England, 73 years under our Star Spangled Banner; four more … more
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