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To the Editor: I was very disappointed in your two-part article on Chatham Park. It is a public relations piece masquerading as a news article Mr. Rawl and Mr. Smith are at some pains to … more
When the pandemic began one year ago, I started eating a handful of M&M’s every day after lunch. I’ve never had much of a craving for desserts, but now I look forward to this daily taste of … more
After some consternation, much deliberation and delayed adjudication, they’re finally here: stimulus checks 3.0. They’re bigger than ever at $1,400 a pop, but fewer Americans will qualify than … more
When I think back on the last 12 months of the pandemic, I grow concerned with our ability to navigate nuance. That might seem like a trivial concern compared to the many systemic problems facing us, … more
It’s Sunshine Week across America, a time when the public’s right to see government records and attend government meetings — in order to hold government officials accountable to the people who … more
Driving to my office on Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro was once as simple as waiting for a single stoplight to turn green. Now, my commute is one big detoured adventure in yellow, orange and red. … more
To me the winter we’re passing through, and soon to be out of, has been a little on the cold side here and there. To be sure, we haven’t done our imitation of life at the South Pole, but when … more
It was 209 years ago this month that “gerrymandering” was coined, and our nation has paid the price ever since. In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry soiled his reputation by approving a … more
Some people call her Queen Elizabeth. But she’s Betty Wilson, and she is the closest thing to royalty in Pittsboro. Betty reigns over a spectacular family of six with grandchildren galore. As we … more
It’s been a tough year for most businesses. But some, such as Fuquay-Varina-based Fidelity Bank, have thrived — so much so that it’s planning to open a new location in Pittsboro. Fidelity … more
My sister loves horses, as does our mother. My friend Missy in Moore County owns a few, as does my friend Judith outside Siler City. Judith even owns one old-timer whom she feeds mush out of a bucket … more
Last week, members of the clergy were authorized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of “Group 3 Frontline Essential Workers.” With a spring in my step, I entered the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday … more
My very first assignment in my very first college journalism class was to write an obituary for the not-yet-dead Wilbur Mills. If his name doesn’t ring a bell with you, then Fanne Foxe’s may … more
Every older generation, no matter the period of history, seems to think the current younger generation is going to the dogs and is basically hopeless. My parents and their peers thought Little … more
Ever hear of the Sorites Paradox? “Sorites” derives from the Greek word for heap and ponders precisely when removing a single grain from a heap of sand makes it not a heap. We’re talking … more
Editor’s note: Alirio Estevez is an ESL teacher at Siler City Elementary School. He received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine last Friday with the Chatham County Public Health Department in … more
One of the better things about our location — the Piedmont in general, Chatham County in particular — is our location. I don’t mean that as double-talk or silliness but as a significant … more
According to some calculations, Chatham County (Goldston, specifically) is North Carolina’s geographic center. Of course, there is no intrinsic meaning or value in such a claim. But just as … more
Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine arrives in North Carolina this week, and some experts fear the public will reject it. The problem is J&J’s efficacy rate. Compared to … more
It is almost spring. The signs are all around us. Nature is greening again. The chorus of birds has returned to the trees. The days grow longer, and just yesterday I saw my first daffodil offer its … more
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