CN+R Columns & Opinions

Should today’s teens be optimistic?

The North Carolina of my childhood had an economy very different from that of the average state. Today our economy remains distinctive, though not by as much. When I started my first paid job in …

Baseballness

My favorite sport is baseball. I’ve lost many readers with that opening sentence. Baseball is not even in the top five of the most popular sports in America. Despite this, I press on with this …

Sticks and stones …

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Oh, yeah, right! In the interest of honesty, those sticks and stones are going to hurt like the devil and the names can …

Hurricane Ian reminded us

Hurricane Ian hit us here in North Carolina last week hard enough to get our attention with its heavy rains and winds. Still all the news stories about Florida’s damage and struggles got us …

The MLB wants to go backward in the storyteller’s game

Bigger bases, no more defensive shifts and a new pitch clock. Last month, Major League Baseball passed sweeping rule changes in an effort to change the game and make it a more fan-friendly …