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On the frequent mornings I’m up and out on the back porch before sunrise, I’m treated to the melodic warbling of a songbird who lives in the woods behind our house. The preciseness of the onset … more
Are nurse anesthetists overpaid by 74%? Are telemarketers underpaid by 25%? If you accept the standard statistical model used to defend huge and sweeping pay raises for public schoolteachers, then … more
In a normal year, Van Culberson would be ramping up production at his saw mill after a mostly fallow winter. Instead, Siler City’s Carolina Wood Enterprises has operated at full bore for the better … more
When I think about climate change, I think about my brother-in-law Tillman. Tillman spent his career with Big Oil. He traveled the world finding places to drill, baby, drill. He’s now … more
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which means lots of discounts, gifts and goodies for teachers around the country and in Chatham. After a year filled with COVID-19 challenges, this week brings … more
Throughout the short years of my little life, I’ve been hooked on reading. There are lots of reasons. Innate personality, for one. We can’t change how we’re created and birthed. And … more
On April 21, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a clear goal for North Carolina — get two-thirds of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Should North Carolina hit … more
To the Editor: Regarding the April 21 News + Record article (“CCS’ Hubert West reflects on Legacy as UNC’s first Black head coach”) by Hannah McClellan: As a journalist myself and a … more
Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., has an impressive legislative track record. The only Black Republican in the Senate has crafted new laws to spur investment in low-income communities and change federal … more
Voting is the right by which all our other rights are protected, to paraphrase Thomas Paine. Equal access to the ballot box is the bedrock foundation of our democracy and vital to the health of our … more
To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of StopChathamNorth, an advocacy group representing concerned residents of the Briar Chapel community. We have been following your series of articles … more
The amount of heat-trapping emissions humans have spewed into our atmosphere since last Earth Day was 10% less than a typical year, a cause for celebration if not for one salient fact: the reduction … more
To the Editor: The past year has been difficult for us all. As a father, I know personally how much effort it takes to balance work and life; with students having to work remotely, like many of us … more
Scientists now refer to our era as the Anthropocene Epoch, meaning that the collective actions of human beings (“anthropos” in Greek) have substantially altered the environment — the lands, … more
Maybe you can’t stand Pat, but former Governor McCrory could be future Senator McCrory. When McCrory announced he’ll run for the Senate next year, many of my fellow Democrats laughed — and … more
To the Editor: Someone has fertilized stupidity in Americans. A notorious propagandist by the nickname “Tokyo Rose” once tried this during World War II, but allied troops were too intelligent … more
All along life’s journey are signposts that mark important points. While some are unique to an individual, many others we have in common with most every other person in the world ... or at least … more
Mrs. Walls and I took a break from the real world last week and drove to the Outer Banks. We stuffed the car with everything we thought we might need for a week until it looked like the back bumper … more
Income inequality, poverty, hunger, unemployment — these are all issues that have been with us for a while but became worse during the pandemic. The various stimulus bills tried to help, and … more
Of all industries to suffer from pandemic slowdowns, few were as roundly decimated as air travel. At the pandemic’s worst, airlines lost about 95% of their revenue when travel ground to a halt … more
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