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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
Across North Carolina and around the country, cases of COVID-19 have increased sharply over the past several weeks. In North Carolina, we have set new record daily highs in confirmed cases each of … more
Long-time readers of this column, if there are any, may remember that from time to time I have moaned or even fussed about technology and how it impacts our lives. Much of that, I confess, has … more
“There is plenty of work to be done to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.” — Damon Circosta, N.C. Board of Elections chairperson (during a Nov. 4 conversation with UNC’s Hussman School of … more
Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” is recognizable to millions by the chorus: This land was made for you and me. This folk classic celebrates the gift of America. The verses … more
Vaccines are human’s best defense against viral infection. Smallpox. Polio. Measles. German measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Chickenpox/shingles. Hepatitis. Human Papillomavirus. … more
Late on a recent sun-dappled Thursday afternoon, I strolled with some family members from my car toward our early voting location. There, I exchanged greetings and a few fist-bumps with friends and … more
My first introduction to “The William Tell Overture” came not in some opera theater but as a young boy watching a grainy, black and white television. With the stirring introductory theme music, … more
I write after church on Sunday. It has rained all morning, yet the sun is peeking from the clouds as I type. Knowing when the News + Record is published, I write these words assuming that you, gentle … more
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