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If you long for January, when things were “normal,” you are not alone. We may not have liked everything then, but we at least knew how to navigate our lives. Since March everything has turned … more
North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does that really mean? Well, we know it doesn’t mean that all North … more
Election season energizes me. I inventory the issues that are most important to me and consider the candidates who will best express my values in their public work. My wife and I plan the best time … more
“Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is. Why must we go on hating?” Those lyrics are from the song “Peace Train” written by Cat Stevens in 1971, but the verses … more
It’s time to get motivated, folks! We can kick this pandemic’s butt by busting out of bed, slapping on a smile and grabbing life by the horns. OK, great. Now that I have your attention, … more
There are lots of big words in the world today. For instance, there’s “encyclopedia.” I learned to spell that one from watching the Mickey Mouse Club — the original one — back around … more
To the Editor: It’s been said that this fall’s election is the most important in a generation. In the words of songwriter Paul Simon, “I do believe it, I do believe it’s true.” Election … more
One of the more flattering (and humbling) aspects of being a columnist is that readers will respond to you, often with thought-provoking comments. My column “Reckoning with racism,” received one … more
To the Editor: I was born and raised on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. I am a tribal member — born 1932 — and I would like to say a few words to the Black and white people. When I was living … more
I saw a T-shirt last week that, were it not for the profanity on it, I might like to have. It said (and obviously I paraphrase a bit): “Wine: the glue that holds the $#*!storm of 2020 … more
There are many things I miss in today’s coronavirus pandemic world of shutdown and back-off. I miss going to my favorite greasy spoon without wondering if it’s safe to settle in for a good … more
Growing up, my parents actively discouraged me from playing video games … until the Nintendo Wii arrived. This new gadget allowed players to exercise while playing innocuous virtual games like … more
We have not one but two “Plandemic” conspiracy theory films, both of which falsely assert that the coronavirus was “planned” by powerful people in order to make their fortune. Even though … more
To the Editor: Like all Americans, I love our country and I am grateful to be born here. I learned to respect the Flag as a Boy Scout, served under it in the Navy and studied its history in law … more
Last week, the Chatham County Board of Health unanimously approved a statement declaring structural racism as an ongoing public health crisis. I was at the meeting, albeit remotely, covering the … more
“Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now!” That line is from the musical “Hamilton.” As the coronavirus continues, however, I hear the same words as a lament. more
Although I live a blessed life in Pittsboro, North Carolina, I keep wondering about the current fate of Alexei Navalny. Alexei, 44, is in a coma at the Charite’ Hospital in Berlin, Germany, after … more
If I could count on my fingers how many times someone joked about coronavirus weight gain, I would give up and chop my fingers off. more
To the Editor: Like my President, Donald Trump, I love our country and the United States of America, and I am very thankful that God allowed me to be born in the greatest country in the world … more
As a civilized society — although when I see the news lately I’m starting to wonder — our nation has all kinds of laws, rules and regulations (or “regs”). Some are asinine and/or … more
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