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Folks everywhere have a wide range of teachers during their lives. Sometimes we even pay attention to them and the lessons being taught, but sometimes we don’t. One of the tricks to life is trying … more
To the Editor: Trump deliberately disrupted our U.S. Postal Service. Slowing post office efficiency in order to prevent absentee voting by mail in time for the election is un-American. Trump is … more
Anyone with an abiding interest in human behavior — and more specifically, the nature that drives behavior — surely understands the notion of what specialists in those related fields call … more
To the Editor: Putatively, “based on scientific data,” on March 27, NC Executive Order (EO) No. 121 mandated individuals “stay home” and distance six feet, and closed “non-essential” … more
I’m grateful to The Chatham News + Record for its coverage of the Black Lives Matter billboard in Pittsboro. The owner of the land along the highway wished to fly a Confederate flag but not lease … more
Psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross formatted her five-stage theory of grief after decades of counseling dying patients and their families. After the death of George Floyd, America has witnessed the … more
As concerns grow over how we will vote in November, and how to vote safely during the current pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service has become a political football as never before in its centuries of … more
To the Editor: Thank you to Main Street Pittsboro’s hard-working volunteer board for their past hard work and collaborating to develop the new Welcome Center at the circle. These folks … more
To the Editor: The president of our company shared from his father’s experiences in World War II. It is an insider’s glimpse into the USA’s part in defeating the twin threats of … more
I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was between semesters at UNC after having flunked out for about the 18th time. That was entirely my fault. Too much cutting class and shooting pool at … more
The other day, I listened to a late 2019 podcast episode on preparing for the new year. I wanted to warn the podcasters about how irrelevant their advice would play out in 2020. Many of us spend … 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
Beauty, the poet says, “is in the eye of the beholder.” I think that saying probably got started by a guy whose buddy was ragging him about his girlfriend’s looks. Real beauty, we all know, … more
One of North Carolina’s most enduring political alliances — teachers and the Democratic Party — is being tested by today’s debate over reopening schools. The ties, which go back decades, … 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
Easy and affordable access to adequate broadband service was high on the wishlist for Chatham County, and many other rural areas of North Carolina, prior to COVID-19 and well before terms like … more
February finds Chatham County shrouded in dampness, a dampness that clings to everything and will neither freeze out nor warm up. It creeps in with the chill, keeping the days cold and clammy under … 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: My goodness. We just last month witnessed American democracy come within an inch of its life via a violent assault on our Capitol, our Congress, and on Vice President Mike Pence at … 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
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