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There are undoubtedly many who believe moving the Confederate statue that stands in front of Chatham County’s historic courthouse is the same thing as erasing history. But memories are … 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
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
The most likely scenario for this column, according to the newest computer models, is that it will stall as it approaches the coast and then turn sharply south. Readers in low-lying chairs are … more
To the editor: To Pittsboro and Chatham County commissioners: In light of our current events, and our path forward, can we please outlaw symbols of terrorism locally? This would also put us … 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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My record in high school and college math classrooms is the stuff of legends – and not very good ones. It was a subject in which I never did very well. As a matter of fact, I’d almost bet the … more
Obviously, spring isn’t the only time many folks clear up and clean out things. The end of one year and the beginning of another also can serve that purpose. At our house, particularly in my study, … more
We’re conditioned ­—­ by popular song, by cartoons, by culture — to think of the old year (in this case 2019) as elderly and infirm by its end and the new year (2020, a perfectly … more
Google “Star Wars” and you’ll get 1.67 billion hits, which is about 1.4 billion more than when you type in “The Beatles” but some 390 million less than when you type in “Jesus,” of whom … more
North Carolina boasts beautiful mountains and a warm, inviting coast; in between are some pretty incredible places, too, including the region right here which most of you reading this (and me writing … more
“The best way to reach me,” I’ve been telling people for years, “is by email.” Lately, I’m not so sure. In reality, I love most of what email has to offer. As an introvert and … 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
Throughout my life, I’ve had lots of experience with babies. Heck, I even used to be one, although I can’t remember much about that except for what I see in a few old pictures. The first few … 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
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
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
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
They were sheltered-in-place and doing the safest thing they could: staying home. Their whole world had been turned upside down in a matter of days. Life as they knew it was forever changed and what … more
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