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To the Editor: The election is over. Driving out in the county I saw candidates’ yard signs blowing down the road and into the ditch along with brown autumn leaves. In town the faces of the … more
In the interest of compete transparency and full disclosure — society’s newest buzzwords — I’m a longtime resident of Chatham County, arriving when my family moved from neighboring Wake when … more
How do we approach Thanksgiving in such a turbulent year? Must we plaster disingenuous smiles on our face or utter “thanks” from frowning lips? As a Christian pastor, I know I “should” be … more
To the Editor: The news media has often referred to the origin of the coronavirus as China. Although it’s been said the coronavirus germ can not survive on an inanimate object, I see no … more
I refinished a farmhouse medicine cabinet for my parents decades ago. It came from their barn museum of auction prizes. The inside backing looked like ragged slats pried off of a pallet and reused … more
I recently came across a 1995 case study called “Teaching Zack to Think,” where a 14-year-old student finds a seemingly credible internet article that claims the Holocaust never existed. Zack … more
The past year has wrought a global pandemic, a heated election, scores of wildfires and the worst hurricane season ever recorded — and the hits keep coming. The third wave of the coronavirus looms … more
After my recent eye exam, the receptionist informed me that she would not get the flu vaccine because she has gotten the flu as a result. I have heard this argument before. In a recent timely … more
The “holidays” are upon us. Actually, they’ve been here awhile already. As I’ve whined about before in this space, they’ve been with us since about ... oh, last year’s holiday season. … more
Throughout a long and somewhat dismal summer, there was hope that in post-election America we’d be in a better position both politically and — yes, it’s a word — pandemically. Judge for … more
To the Editor: The current COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of schools in the area is cause for some serious thought. I am not a medical professional. I did work as an educator for nearly 30 … more
“Your dog is a celebrity, and you’re their security guard.” This is one of the top posts on the “reactive dogs” subpage on Reddit, a popular web forum that establishes niche communities … more
It looms over you from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep. It hangs in the doorway, creeps across the hall, and whistles through the air duct. It doesn’t go by “The Thing” or … more
Although COVID-19 is still with us, there’s been a recent shift in the kind of attention given to the virus. For months, the focus has been on coping with the virus, controlling the spread and … more
I’m afraid — not deathly, but nearly so — of spiders. That fear, probably better described as a loathing, has waned over the years, probably after asking my wife to “take care of” a … more
The leaves are turning colors and falling from the trees. There’s a nip in the air. The days are getting shorter. It must be fall; those are all signs of the seasons. It’s also election … more
Newspapers face another big election. It’s about them. While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper industry is running to win the hearts, minds … more
Seemingly scooped out of the litter box, director Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of “Cats” is best viewed under the influence of catnip or some other hallucinogenic substance. It’s an awkward rendering of an anachronistic stage musical already lacking a cohesive plot. more
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