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I never met Mike Williams, the Jordan-Matthews teacher who was killed in a car accident just before Thanksgiving. We learned about his death from Nancy Wykle, the public information officer for … more
Before the fatal night of Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse was a high school dropout. His job experience was limited to that of a part-time lifeguard. But Rittenhouse was … more
The $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law on Nov. 15 attracted the votes of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington and has attracted praise from many … more
What’s the biggest news in our state’s literary circles? On Nov. 17, Jason Mott won the National Book Award for Fiction. No North Carolinian had won that coveted award since Charles Frazier … more
My father had many sayings he imparted to his three sons. Some were original, I think, while others he had heard himself or were a part of the general culture of mankind. There were the familiar … more
After last year’s lockdown, it’s great to once again gather with family for the holidays. Some will be traveling “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.” During the … more
Not that I set the woods on fire (not literally, just a figure of speech) by always doing the right thing, but most of what I learned about how to treat other folks came from two really important … more
Handshakes began more than 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. Originally, the gesture was less of a greeting and more of a way to prove that one was not carrying a weapon. An empty hand was a sign of … more
It looks like I missed the memo that Thanksgiving has simply become another Thursday in the march to holiday cheer. Last year many of us were forced to skip Thanksgiving. more
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, as I explained in a column many years ago. One reason is that it is one of the very few days we have saved just for families and friends. We’ve done a better … more
When Carolina Journal first reported first-term U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s intention to abandon his current district next year to run in an adjacent one, CJ quoted Cawthorn as saying his decision … more
Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, “Network,” where anchorman Howard Beale throws open a window and shouts, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Perhaps … more
As she drove our sons to the pediatrician’s office, my wife burst into a version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine! I’m begging of you please vax your … more
One of the surprises of the current economy is the labor shortage. Even though the unemployment rate is higher than it was prior to the pandemic, fewer people are looking for work. As a result, many … more
After decades of underfunding, the infrastructure of this country is about to be seriously improved. We often take for granted that the roads and bridges … more
Although some pundits and grifters may claim otherwise, there’s nothing new about populism. It comes in waves, often but not always in response to sharp economic downturns, and is driven by outrage … more
I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey. Opinions and … more
There’s an old line about selling real estate that says the three most important things about it are “location, location and location.” I always thought price had something to do with the deal, … more
Last month, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled that UNC-Chapel Hill does not discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants when it factors race in its undergraduate admissions … more
Editor’s note: Chatham resident Bob Pearson, who worked for years under Colin Powell, reflects on the lessons of the late diplomat, U.S. Army officer and statesman who died Oct. 18 at age … more
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