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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
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
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
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
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: Three things are both urgent and important during the COVID-19 pandemic: protecting lives and health, restoring the economy, and safeguarding democracy. The first two issues are receiving a lot of … more
To the editor: My name is Keith Johnson and I live in Siler City. Congress must work to improve the coronavirus response package that was signed into law. This pandemic is devastating communities, … more
Much of society’s drive today centers on the notion “the bigger, the better.” That’s true, I suppose, if you’re looking for a room to hold 100 people and so far, you’ve only found an … more
We’re days away from the 2020 primary day, the final opportunity for Chatham County residents to vote on the local option sales tax referendum on this ballot. As part of our coverage, we’ve got … more
In a typical year, Jessica and I would have likely been occupying a couple of seats at a most-favored Mexican restaurant in the early evening of April 8th, dipping chips into salsa, and celebrating … more
I fancy myself something of a wordsmith. That affinity comes from a love of reading and writing and, in part, from the ego-boosting number of times over the years people have asked, “Hey, can you … more
Though I will remember this spring as the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, my young sons will long recall the “daoine sidhe.” This is not a new disease but a very old story stretching all the way … more
To the Editor: Del Turner’s story about getting in trouble with her grandfather for drinking from the white water fountain (“Hindsight 2020: Moving forward from history,” Feb. 27) brings to … more
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
Some years ago, I conducted an unscientific driving experiment. For an entire week, I adhered strictly to posted speed limits. If a sign allowed 55 miles per hour, that is the speed at which I … 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
Literary critic Stanley Fish identifies a theory known as “fragmentation” by which a specific passage, paragraph, or even a single sentence is isolated from the rest of the document. As a … more
In our world today, there are all kinds of awards and honors — Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, military medals and ribbons, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the award I got from my college … more
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