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Some weeks ago, a vacuous scammer temporarily commanded my mother’s WhatsApp account. He picked the wrong son’s mother to swindle; naturally, I found him for a phone interview (it wasn’t … more
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved African-Americans in Texas were finally told three words: “You are free.” Now, 156 years later, we continue to observe Juneteenth, June 19th … more
Should we be satisfied with nearly eight in 10 Chatham County seniors having been vaccinated against the dangers of COVID-19? I would hope not. In March, I was excited by the pace with which … more
Growing up, my younger brother and I both played baseball. Since my brother moved to New York City more than a decade ago, my father and I have tried to meet him every summer at a different ballpark … more
Why would John Shelton Reed write another book about barbecue? After all, he is a co-author of the recently revised classic, “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue” and in 2016, … more
Some years ago, when my father-in-law was still with us and had not yet become a precious memory, he put together a little orchard of sorts in a corner of his backyard where the pasture fence made a … more
While we’re still fussin’ and fightin’ about the 2020 elections, the 2022 races have already begun. Candidates have been announced for the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Richard Burr retires. … more
As a fiscal conservative who thinks government is generally too large and taxes too high, I am grateful for the gas tax. You should be, too. When Oregon instituted the first state tax on motor … more
I’ll go ahead and say it: I’ve never liked Coach K. There hasn’t been a single moment in my 23 years of life that I’ve felt differently. As a kid, I was fortunate to grow up in a … more
I grew up in Chatham County before the digital revolution, when massive, vacuum-tubed televisions the size of small dinosaurs squatted in lush shag carpet, each set topped with its own rabbit-ear and … more
While I’ve never made the cover of GQ or any other men’s fashion magazine, I think I do a fairly good job of being somewhat neat and coordinating my daily outfits — most of the time. But … more
To the editor: I recently attended a Zoom meeting of the Chatham County Board of Elections. The meeting was on the redrawing and combining of existing voting precincts. I cannot speak for all … more
North Carolinians are closely divided when it comes to party preference. Our state has long been one of America’s key political battlegrounds. But when it comes to managing the state’s finances, … more
Before I had kids of my own, I thought “helicopter parenting” was an extreme sport. Let’s also try bungee-jumping parenting and skydiving parenting! But the truth is quite serious. In this … more
Elizabeth Spencer, arguably one of our country’s greatest writers, died in December 2019 in Chapel Hill, where she had lived since 1986. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not do enough to … more
All across North Carolina, “Face Masks Required” postings on businesses are being replaced by “Help Wanted” signs. But a recent jobs report indicates there were more than 8.1 million unfilled … more
Chaos erupted when the Colonial Pipeline shut down last month, temporarily suspending fuel supply on the east coast. But the drama we saw then was just a glimpse of something worse to come, though … more
As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to increase, so has capacity at many sports venues across the country. For the NBA playoffs, seven of the 16 teams participating in the first round … more
A national political reporter recently asked me how I would explain North Carolina politics to a class of college students. “One word,” I told him: “Race.” It has always been about … more
To the Editor: Gov. Roy Cooper outlined his spending priorities for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) money coming to North Carolina, specifying how he thinks the billions of dollars would best be … more
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