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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: 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 recent uproar about Silent Sam, the statue in memory of UNC students who fought for the Confederacy in the War Between the States and which until last August stood on the grounds of the campus, … 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
Rumors of a protest over Chatham County’s “Our Confederate Heroes” monument in Pittsboro ramped up last week and eventually spread like butter melting over a piping hot ear of corn — person … more
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
A few days ago, I was rummaging through the various drugstore aisles that contain the medicines and cures you can buy without a prescription. I was looking for a particular eyedrop that the eye doc … more
I’ve been a reporter professionally for nearly three years now — with a couple small breaks here and there — and no topic has fascinated me more than education, specifically public … 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
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
There are things I’m good at — I’m especially proud that I can include “juggler” on my resume, for instance — but preparing for emergencies isn’t one of them. It’s a skill that, … more
By now the annual frenzy known as “Back to School” is a memory, since most folks who go have been back for a few weeks or at least, a few days. Labor Day, that last summer holiday, is now a thing … more
When I was a youngster – not to be confused with me saying when I was “a little boy,” since childhood pictures show I never was very little – I had some exposure to … more
We see them, year after year, faithfully standing by a red Salvation Army kettle, ringing a bell.You may even have volunteered to be a bell-ringer for the well-respected charitable organization … more
In the part of the country where we live, particularly for those of us who call North Carolina home, we can be a bit conceited.Along with our pristine sandy beaches and majestic Blue Ridge mountains, … more
I pushed the shopping cart – we used to call them “buggies,” but that’s a word you rarely hear these days – from the back of my car to the designated depository area in the grocery store … more
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