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Unbelievable when you think about it, how North Carolina maintained its segregated and discriminatory racial system for such a long time. The remnants of what is commonly called “Jim Crow” are … more
Dear Rachel, Your 2020 self doesn’t really have her life together. Her phone still automatically plays the U2 album that she’s been too lazy to delete for six years. She still has acne that … more
To the Editor: For me, the most frustrating part of COVID-19 is The Mask and absence of smiles. Thank goodness we don’t mask our eyes for they can express a smile, although eyes aren’t … more
The sun is down by the time I make it home from the office these days. Only the glow in the west is left when I crank up the car. But the holiday season has come to Chatham County, evidenced by the … more
To the Editor: The Chatham News + Record is well worth reading every week but last week (Dec. 3-9 edition) especially two items stand out. The letter from Mayor Jim Nass lifts us to a higher … more
More and more these days I find myself having to take an extra second or so to call some things to mind ... things like someone’s name when I can see their face clear as day, and have even known … more
In his famous song “Imagine,” John Lennon dreamed of a world of peace that included no religions. The Beatles superstar was not a fan of Christianity, saying: “Jesus was all right, but his … more
It’s about this time of the year I miss my folks all over again and, yes, it has to do with Christmas. Through long-ago years of young adulthood, somewhat older adulthood, and — hopefully — … more
To the Editor: Tonight, we gather again for our tree lighting ceremony. This year will be virtual, as nearly all of our activities have been, for what seems like forever, and we thank all of … more
George Harrison was known as the quiet Beatle. He was not as famous as John Lennon, Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr. Yet, he is my favorite member of the band. He was a gardener, a spiritual singer and … more
To the Editor: Once again, a loose collection of like-minded creative souls called the Chatham Artists Guild is flinging open their studio doors to the public, just as they have every December … more
Last week, I wrote about how to locate and determine reputable media sources. A friend pointed out that sometimes people will start at a predetermined conclusion and then find articles to back up … more
Black Friday beget Small Business Saturday, which, at some point, ultimately led to Cyber Monday. You won’t find those “holidays” trailing behind Thanksgiving on your wall calendar, but a … more
To the Editor: The election is over. Driving out in the county I saw candidates’ yard signs blowing down the road and into the ditch along with brown autumn leaves. In town the faces of the … more
In the interest of compete transparency and full disclosure — society’s newest buzzwords — I’m a longtime resident of Chatham County, arriving when my family moved from neighboring Wake when … more
How do we approach Thanksgiving in such a turbulent year? Must we plaster disingenuous smiles on our face or utter “thanks” from frowning lips? As a Christian pastor, I know I “should” be … more
To the Editor: The news media has often referred to the origin of the coronavirus as China. Although it’s been said the coronavirus germ can not survive on an inanimate object, I see no … more
I refinished a farmhouse medicine cabinet for my parents decades ago. It came from their barn museum of auction prizes. The inside backing looked like ragged slats pried off of a pallet and reused … more
I recently came across a 1995 case study called “Teaching Zack to Think,” where a 14-year-old student finds a seemingly credible internet article that claims the Holocaust never existed. Zack … more
The past year has wrought a global pandemic, a heated election, scores of wildfires and the worst hurricane season ever recorded — and the hits keep coming. The third wave of the coronavirus looms … more
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