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They say great minds think alike. I was working on this letter regarding middle school football when I purchased a recent edition of the Chatham News + Record. As always I went … more
As a junior high schooler in the 1970s, I took a class called Typing. One of several Business courses the school offered, Typing — it was taught by the same lady who doubled as Music/Band/Chorus … more
To the editor: In his 1974 book “Impeachment: A Handbook,” by Charles Black, the author writes impeachment of a president is a grave step, because it overturns a national election. It should … more
Every time I drive from my house to Pittsboro I pass by a place that gives me food for thought about life. I’ve seen it hundreds, maybe even thousands of times through the years— this patch of … more
To the editor: On November 19, the Confederate Memorial statue was taken down in the middle of the night. There are passions on both sides of that action. Many who wanted the statue to remain as a … more
He may not be our Congressman in a year’s time — whether by defeat in election or redistricting — but Mark Walker is giving Chatham County residents a reason to be wary of his claims of … more
Traditions are like handles on suitcases. They give us something to hold onto as we move along. Without them, we’d be like water on a tabletop — just sliding around, going anywhere … more
Why is it, I wonder, a thing as simple as ordering fast food in a drive-thru is so often an experience fraught with tension, uncertainty, angst and disappointment? I’ve never worked in fast … more
You were a child once too. These six words are the crystallization of the philosophy of Fred Rogers, a mantra that guided nearly 1,000 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1966 to 2000. … more
We have a new nightly ritual in our house. Emma, my delightful and precocious 4-year-old, climbs into her toddler bed. I lay on the floor next to her, my head resting semi-comfortably on a lumpy … more
Let’s face it: we’re tribal. We like belonging. We like being “right.” We like being a part of the in crowd, however we might define “in” — whether based on popularity, entitlement … more
Despite formidable traffic, navigating our car into the busy parking lot of Southpoint Mall Saturday afternoon was a cinch; no more trouble than falling off a log. And once easily in, finding a … more
It’s that time of the year again. Comes around often. As in every year. It’s sort of like my boyhood friend and idol Bobby Joe High’s aged great-uncle Stuart (“Stu”) Pendus used to … more
In the 1970s, when my older brother and I were kids, we got a lot of amusement from television advertisements for Grecian Formula. Those commercials for men’s hair coloring ran frequently during … more
I never served in the armed forces, but both of my parents did. My dad was an officer aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal, an aircraft carrier, and my mom was a Naval nurse. They met in the Navy, and even … more
The recent downturn in the temperature tells us that summer has spent its last days, but you didn’t really need me to inform you of that. Add in the recent “fall back” of the clock and … more
To the editor: To all hate groups: we descendants of confederate soldiers beseech you to not show up at the confederate statue in Pittsboro or any confederate monuments in any city. Your very … more
My recently deceased friend was known to play upon his famous namesake: Bond…James Bond. But he preferred to be known simply as Jim. Upon his retirement as the dean of the Seattle University … more
The author of the letter to the editor, “The monument is our voice” (Oct. 31-Nov. 6 edition) was Michael Tysor of Bear Creek, not Richard Tysor. The News + Record regrets the error. more
In prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was in my third year as a college freshman, I took some of the introductory courses in the UNC School of Journalism. It was during those … more
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