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Why can’t the Special Forces units — such as those at Fort Bragg — do something to help the Ukrainians’ use of unconventional warfare strategy and tactics against the invading Russian armed … more
“All the chances you get, take them,’’ one of my former middle school teachers told me when I saw him recently. He used to tell stories and give advice because he was wiser than all of us … more
Gas prices have been on the rise. As I am writing this column, the average national price is over $4 per gallon. People worry about gas prices for two reasons. First, we are a mobile society. … more
Monday dawned just a bit cool and breezy — after all, it is March — just right for a lightweight jacket as I moved out into the world. But by the time dinner (if you’re from here) or lunch (if … more
Imagine being a patient of a doctor, one whom you loved and trusted, one who also murdered and mutilated his own father. Such an experience forms the basis for a new book, “The Other Dr. Gilmer: … more
It’s hard for a white guy to write about racism without sounding preachy. If you subscribe to the News + Record, you’ve already read of the atrocious acts earlier this month at J.S. Waters … more
It costs a lot more to train a future engineer than to train a future journalist. Some smart aleck might suggest the cost differential is entirely understandable, since a poorly trained engineer will … more
Quo Vadis? My Latin is rusty, but I know the phrase literally translates as, “Where are you marching?” It was originally directed to a passing soldier in the Roman Empire. The question is really … more
“Mom, it wasn’t a big deal.” Among all the impassioned words, among all the emotional pleas I heard during Monday’s community rally and Chatham Board of Education meeting, those — … more
There’s always a cost to protecting property rights. No rational person has ever suggested otherwise. In free societies that place a high value on the individual right to own and control private … more
There’s good news and bad news about our favorite places to eat in North Carolina. The bad news is that many of our favorite roadside eateries closed recently. Some could not meet the challenge … more
Of all the things that make up life, the one that is the most puzzling to me — and at the same time intriguing — is that age-old question of “human nature.” Simply put, that question comes … more
It should have come as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the maps approved by North Carolina’s high court. They generally uphold redistricting decisions from state courts. After two … more
There were to be weddings. There were to be bouquets of dazzling sunflowers. More golden flowers were to be woven into the hair of brides. Now, tanks have trampled the fields and planted enemy … more
Since 2015 North Carolina has netted more than 110,000 new residents per year, one of the fastest growing of all the states. These newcomers are making increased demands on our roads, our schools, … more
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has stunned the world despite clear warnings in advance. The Russian Army, inept and faltering in the early days, is improving. Bogged down in the north and east, … more
“Why can’t we have nice things?” asks Heather McGhee at the beginning of “The Sum of Us,” the book at the center of the recent panel discussion, hosted by the Community Remembrance … more
Long ago and far away the late American philosopher and humorist Will Rogers was known to say, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” That was, of course, his … more
Over the past couple of weeks, North Carolina politicos have focused intently on the outcome of the state’s latest redistricting saga. After the GOP-majority General Assembly saw its original set … more
For decades North Carolina has ranked near the bottom of all states in the country when it comes to the public’s right to know what went wrong when a government employee is transferred, demoted or … more
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