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“The paper has gotten so pitiful.” That was a line from a recent letter I received from a reader. From time to time, I’ve shared in this column some reader feedback, the good and the bad, … more
There are undoubtedly many who believe moving the Confederate statue that stands in front of Chatham County’s historic courthouse is the same thing as erasing history. But memories are … more
We call it “human nature.” We want to know. It’s why we slow down, crane our necks for a better view when we pass a wreck on the highway. It’s why — one reason, anyway — we read … more
Public education is at best a misunderstood institution and at worst an under-funded, over-worked and far-too-complicated system. We need to change how we think about it, particularly when it … more
The big calendar on my desk says next Monday, the 23rd, is the first day of autumn. That’s supposed to mean falling leaves, football, pumpkins and cooler weather. The cooler weather part sounds … more
  It speaks to the quality of “Hustlers” that the 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez’s show-stopping turn as a nightclub pole dancer isn’t the most surprisingly fab part of … more
There’s an old bit of wisdom that maintains that “seeing is believing,” but it’s not always so simple. And I’m not talking about politicians channeling “Saturday Night Fever”-era John Travolta in a silly viral video which anyone can tell is fake. more
Ever notice how sometimes we just sort of say things without really thinking much about what we say? Take “Have a nice day,” for instance. How do you “have” a nice day? more
Begrudgingly, I had a revelation this weekend. Actually, that’s 100% false. I just finally admitted my to myself this revelation, possibly due to my continued beat downs as a Tennessee Volunteer football fan, as well as the suffering, four decades now,as a lifelong Miami Dolphin fan. more
There are things I’m good at — I’m especially proud that I can include “juggler” on my resume, for instance — but preparing for emergencies isn’t one of them. It’s a skill that, … more
By now the annual frenzy known as “Back to School” is a memory, since most folks who go have been back for a few weeks or at least, a few days. Labor Day, that last summer holiday, is now a thing … more
The most likely scenario for this column, according to the newest computer models, is that it will stall as it approaches the coast and then turn sharply south. Readers in low-lying chairs are … more
My record in high school and college math classrooms is the stuff of legends – and not very good ones. It was a subject in which I never did very well. As a matter of fact, I’d almost bet the … more
Of the long list of books Mark Twain wrote, his later novel “The American Claimant” (1892) doesn’t occupy the same lofty perch as his better-known works. Although author Bobbie Ann Mason, in … more
It wasn’t so long ago youngsters were getting out of school for the summer and singing such favorite ditties as “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” which is, of … more
The entertainment industry has forever and successfully mined a deep well of “fish out of water” stories. From “The Odyssey” to “Gulliver’s Travels,” “A Connecticut Yankee In King … more
The cancellation request arrived in the mail without much fanfare or much written explanation — just a simple message which read: “Please cancel our subscription immediately! Send any … more
I try to avoid scoffing — it just doesn’t seem a nice or proper thing to do ­— but scoff probably best describes my reaction to the controversy, in the early ‘90s, that bubbled up at the … more
Did Chatham County just blow its chance to be a shining example of creative and cooperative problem-solving in an increasingly divided, divisive culture? Yes and no. We say “yes” because we … more
Throughout my years of tying the knot for couples young and old, I have had the opportunity to perform that task in a wide variety of places. Among them are the Duke Gardens, small living rooms, big … more
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