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A voice from my past called to my soul the other day as I listened to some of the news accounts about all the folks across the political and social spectrum who have been found or admitted to wearing … more
I pushed the shopping cart – we used to call them “buggies,” but that’s a word you rarely hear these days – from the back of my car to the designated depository area in the grocery store … more
Candidates are lining up to run in 2020 and we’ve heard those running on a more liberal or “progressive” platform, as well as those espousing a more conservative agenda. There’s one big … more
I remember being mistrustful of the Internet, back in its formative years. Still clinging to bound books and libraries and old-fashioned research tools like microfilm, I held to an uneasiness … more
There’s an old saying about how it’s not possible to teach an old dog new tricks. And there’s some truth to that. I remember an old dog we once had and how I tried to teach him to go to the … more
During over four decades of teaching, I’ve enjoyed asking students the following questions in my introductory economics course: “What if you could write a check and never have to deduct the … more
A few days ago, I opened our refrigerator door to see what was hiding in there that I could turn into a snack. Since I’ve started a cardiac rehab program over the past several weeks, I’ve tried … more
RALEIGH — The single most important issue during every legislative session is the approval or revision of North Carolina’s state budget. For the 2019-20 session about to get underway, the … more
February is historically one of the coldest months of the year in these parts, but paradoxically it’s also the month we celebrate one of our warmest holidays: Valentine’s Day. Aided by the … more
THE CN+R EDITORIAL In other words, 2,000 Chatham families lack access to affordable housing. They lack access because of an unfortunate combination of circumstances in the place we live in … more
I’m not sure what compelled my high school history teacher to say what she did to our entire class nearly four decades ago, but I’ve never forgotten it. Now I’m trying to erase it from my … more
Lawmakers return to Raleigh next week for the 2019 session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Pledges of harmony and bipartisan cooperation were frequently heard on opening day but are more … more
The recent uproar about Silent Sam, the statue in memory of UNC students who fought for the Confederacy in the War Between the States and which until last August stood on the grounds of the campus, … more
I couldn’t help seeing, numerous times on social media over the past weekend, the provocative image of a teenage boy -- a red MAGA hat atop his head -- engaged in a wordless face-off with an … more
My first-born grandchild, who happens to be the only guy out of a total of six folks in that category, entered the great unknown world of “teendom” last week. more
Some people, I believe, have a natural aptitude for auto mechanics, but I’m not one of them. more
Some might consider it highway robbery to be asked to pay eight bucks for a small vial of tiny white pellets that are supposed to magically help you fall asleep. more
Around this time of year, many folks go to great lengths to make resolutions about things they will do or say or not do or say in the new year. For most of them, that change in behavior lasts somewhere around 10 or 15 minutes. more
In the late 1980s, while I was a reporter at a small daily newspaper in the Sandhills, the sports editor (a man improbably named Lance Spear) and I hatched a plan to break into the movies. more
In one way or another, throughout most of my life I’ve used words to make a living. Other than when I bagged groceries or was a soda jerk – not to be confused with being a regular jerk – or had a brief career as a house painter, words have been my thing. more
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