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While Charlotte is known as the Queen City, the behavior of its leaders sometimes invites comparison to a different monarch: Hans Christian Andersen’s newly “clothed” Emperor. … more
Folks in some tourism and marketing departments like to chirp that when it comes to weather, their states’ climates feature four honest-to-goodness seasons. We can now boast of at least few … more
With the Triangle expanding and North Carolina, in general, growing at an explosive rate, it’s high time for a frank conversation about the balance between collective action and individual … more
It is a Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit, specifically the Water Rabbit that is believed to bring peace and calm. On my morning walk, I saw a bunny crouched beneath a bush. She was still as … more
Just recently, her family and many friends laid to rest my Aunt Rachel. She was 95, the last of a group of 12 brothers and sisters, including my mama, born to Grover and Verdonia Cooper of Bynum. … more
Sport always deeply reflects society. Athletics tell us what and who we value as a culture and hold a mirror as a microcosm of societal issues and debates. more
We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this week. In addition to his courageous acts and inspiring words, I have learned from less famous people who worked with King. One of them lived right here in the … more
I shopped at my food co-op this morning and rolled the filled cart out to my car parked on a side street. I’m a responsible kind of gal so, after unloading the groceries, I began to push the … more
Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will finally compel the University of North Carolina and the rest of American higher education to halt the pervasive practice of racial and ethnic … more
One thing Chathamites of all political persuasions can agree on is that the county has an internet problem. In fact, the lack of broadband access in Chatham was ranked as the number two issue in … more
Some ancient American cultures, such as those of some of what call “native Americans” but were known as “Indians” when I was a little boy, have an interesting take on … more
When I taught Introduction to World Religions to undergraduate students, I began the first class by describing a large crowd of people brought together at a certain time and place, many wearing … more
Last Friday, while his former congressional colleagues in Washington were struggling to elect a House speaker, David Price was talking to the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, delivering his first speech … more
Many years ago, I was a young and determined seeker on the path of life. How could I evolve into my best self? Like many of my generation, I read the popular books of Carlos Castaneda and, heaven … more
I have two favorite quotes from Ronald Reagan about the world of work. The first one illustrates his mastery of an indispensable political tool: self-deprecating humor. “It’s true hard … more
The U.S. national debt right now is $31.5 trillion, or 121% of GDP. Never in American history has the national debt been so high, either nominally or as a proportion of GDP. The only comparable … more
Our president wants to change up the presidential selection process by moving the first primary from Iowa to South Carolina, claiming the Palmetto state is more representative of the rest of the … more
They — whoever “they” are — tell us memory is the first thing to go. I don’t remember what’s next. But recently a thought has come to me that even though … more
My family scooted down to the North Carolina coast for a couple days last week to celebrate the holidays with extended family. The kids received more Christmas presents, including a turtle for my … more
Let’s take a culinary trip across North Carolina. Our leader will be food expert and retired UNC-Chapel Hill professor Marcie Cohen Ferris. Our guidebook will be her latest book, … more
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