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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
I received a letter a couple of weeks ago announcing the death of author and educator R.C. Smith at age 93. His widow, Kathryn, wrote to tell me he died peacefully, with family by his side; a virtual … more
“Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020,” according to last week’s news reports. For males the average life expectancy is now 75.1 … more
“I can’t believe this. I really can’t. My mom signed me up for the PTA. I think I am going to faint. What will everyone say when they find out? Or maybe they won’t. Maybe I won’t let them. … more
After the terrible winter storms last week, we saw image after image of human misery in Texas. Millions were forced to endure freezing temperatures without electrical power not only because of the … more
I’m the youngest of the three sons born to my mother and father. Years ago and years after I came to be, I learned that there almost was a fourth one of us — except that my mom suffered a … more
A president failed to overturn an election; an insurrection against Congress and the vice president failed; and the Senate acquitted former president Trump of inciting that insurrection in his second … more
I think an old college flame is trying to reconnect with me. Trying to interest me in “getting back together,” as they say. It began with some unsolicited email messages and me poking … more
Only seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on our Capitol building Jan. 6. Yet, there is widespread disapproval of the rioters. The … more
To the Editor: My goodness. We just last month witnessed American democracy come within an inch of its life via a violent assault on our Capitol, our Congress, and on Vice President Mike Pence at … more
One of North Carolina’s most enduring political alliances — teachers and the Democratic Party — is being tested by today’s debate over reopening schools. The ties, which go back decades, … more
February finds Chatham County shrouded in dampness, a dampness that clings to everything and will neither freeze out nor warm up. It creeps in with the chill, keeping the days cold and clammy under … more
When will North Carolina’s economy return to normal, or at least to a “new normal”? Unfortunately, that destination is many months away, if not years. Still, we’ll know we’re making … more
Last week the Raleigh City Council removed the historic designation of Wakestone, the former home of Josephus Daniels. That action is just one more reminder of North Carolina’s and the … more
We buy our fish fresh at the Thursday afternoon Pittsboro farmer’s market. Thanks to James and Marcey Clark and their business, Hook & Larder, we need no longer brave traffic and drive to … more
The most pressing issue on the minds and hearts of many folks for the next few days — other than wondering about how much longer the virus is going to be around and will we get some snow this … more
Our firstborn was only 3 years old and happily racing toy cars across our front porch when he received his first bee sting. His mother rocked him in her lap until he had calmed down. Then, in her … more
Last week, I learned that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had issued a statement encouraging schools to reopen. He was joined in that sentiment by the Department of Public Instruction Superintendent … more
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