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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
In my column last week, I mentioned one of the shortcomings of the printed word. It’s that thoughts on paper are often limited in their effect since there’s no way to convey things like voice … more
Who will be serving in the new presidential cabinet? If Donald Trump turns out to be the winner of the Nov. 3 election, there may be changes, but probably merely a continuation of the shifting … more
The day before the 2018 midterms, I posted a column about “what to do if you lose.” Without knowing the outcome, I urged those about to be disappointed not to react to their loss in ways that … more
To the Editor: After reading interviews with all the candidates for Chatham County Commissioner (News + Record, October 15-21), I am convinced that Democrats Karen Howard and Mike Dasher need to … more
Give me this one fantasy. I want a dog. I grew up with a half-Lab, half-Golden Retriever named Lucy. Right out of college, I adopted a black-haired puppy I named after the poet Nikki Giovanni. … more
If you’ve visited Pittsboro’s new Haunted Hills Terror Drive or enjoy people-watching, strap on in. This fittingly spooky topic comes from weeks of gathering notes on haunted house human … more
Throughout most of my life — at least the adult part, which I’m still working on — I’ve been a pack rat. You name it; I’ve probably saved it. And most of the time not just one or two but … more
To the Editor: Let’s talk about the heart and soul of sports. Play is its heart and fair play is its soul. Fair play is epitomized on the baseball sandlots of another era, before … more
Last week, my colleague Hannah McClellan and I attended a pair of rallies in downtown Pittsboro. We went not as participants, but as journalists — objective parties to what became a fiercely … 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
To the Editor: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. It’s being appealed to the Supreme Court, which most court watchers maintain will, at worst, be … 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 person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local employees, for starters — is not an appointee of the governor. The voters … more
To the Editor: Why should Democrats be apologetic about adding more judges to the Supreme Court? What is wrong with 11 justices? We have 12 jurors on a jury don’t we? If 12 is good enough for a … more
Perhaps the most overlooked elections, ranking just slightly ahead of Soil and Water Conversation District Commissioners, are those of judges. This year our judicial elections may be among the most … more
To the Editor: 1) You love chaos. What he says doesn’t have to be true to believe him. But isn’t it exciting? All he’s planning to do if he’s elected. Maybe he forgot he really is … more
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