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We’re preparing for a move, and in doing some closet-cleaning over the weekend I came across a 50-year-old note tucked away in a small box of family memorabilia. Typewritten on the inside of a … more
To the editor: The Unified Development Ordinance for Pittsboro, with the Tree Ordinance section, was slated to be completed in the winter of 2019. Town Board member Michael Fiocco took the draft … more
There are many things I’ve take for granted, I understand more keenly now, through the lens of current events. It’s a much longer list than I probably even presently realize. The absurdity … more
We are living in a global crisis. In such a time as this, fear abounds. Fear for our health, fear for our economy and fear of the unknown. This is a time when hope matters. Perhaps a mantra or … more
By now the cards are sent, the flowers are delivered and the presents are presented and it’s back into the box for Mother’s Day until 2021. Some folks say that day is made just for Hallmark … more
My reputation among the squirrels in my yard has taken a pretty good beating these last couple of weeks. They no longer fear me. Mockery, instead, is the new reality. I suppose I’ve gotten … more
I’m going to wander out here onto a limb and hope it doesn’t get cut out under me to make a general statement that no matter who or what you believe about the coronavirus pandemic that you’re … more
When 2019 rolled over into 2020 and the 12 months that lay ahead were promising blank canvases, I did something I’d never done at the launch of any other year: I set a reading goal. And like … more
We are living through a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has brought physical, emotional and economic suffering. No one knows what the future holds. It may well include greater hardships and more … more
Information is a hot commodity in the age of COVID-19, and, unfortunately, as currency, there’s a pretty robust black market for those who trade in it. Rumors. Hearsay. Social media rants. … more
Our brains — the human nervous system’s mission control — are interesting organs. In partnership with the spinal cord, it’s responsible for everything we do, including my tapping the … more
To the editor: If our world is an ant mound, this novel coronavirus was a boot that stepped on us all. But after an initial burst of confusion, ant colonies rebuild. Here in North Carolina, so … more
One of the advantages of my life here is that I’ve been blessed to have lived in several communities across the county. With that has come the opportunity through the years to know countless … more
To the editor: In his recent column, John Hood refers to the fact that two of the last three presidents, George W. Bush in 2000, and Donald Trump in 2016, were elected by the Electoral College, … more
Give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry uttered this declaration in 1775, yet I heard it repeated last week in the context of the novel coronavirus. In such a time as this, we should … 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
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
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