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After my recent eye exam, the receptionist informed me that she would not get the flu vaccine because she has gotten the flu as a result. I have heard this argument before. In a recent timely … more
The “holidays” are upon us. Actually, they’ve been here awhile already. As I’ve whined about before in this space, they’ve been with us since about ... oh, last year’s holiday season. … more
Throughout a long and somewhat dismal summer, there was hope that in post-election America we’d be in a better position both politically and — yes, it’s a word — pandemically. Judge for … more
To the Editor: The current COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of schools in the area is cause for some serious thought. I am not a medical professional. I did work as an educator for nearly 30 … more
“Your dog is a celebrity, and you’re their security guard.” This is one of the top posts on the “reactive dogs” subpage on Reddit, a popular web forum that establishes niche communities … more
Across North Carolina and around the country, cases of COVID-19 have increased sharply over the past several weeks. In North Carolina, we have set new record daily highs in confirmed cases each of … more
Long-time readers of this column, if there are any, may remember that from time to time I have moaned or even fussed about technology and how it impacts our lives. Much of that, I confess, has … more
“There is plenty of work to be done to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.” — Damon Circosta, N.C. Board of Elections chairperson (during a Nov. 4 conversation with UNC’s Hussman School of … more
Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” is recognizable to millions by the chorus: This land was made for you and me. This folk classic celebrates the gift of America. The verses … more
Vaccines are human’s best defense against viral infection. Smallpox. Polio. Measles. German measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Chickenpox/shingles. Hepatitis. Human Papillomavirus. … more
Late on a recent sun-dappled Thursday afternoon, I strolled with some family members from my car toward our early voting location. There, I exchanged greetings and a few fist-bumps with friends and … more
My first introduction to “The William Tell Overture” came not in some opera theater but as a young boy watching a grainy, black and white television. With the stirring introductory theme music, … more
I write after church on Sunday. It has rained all morning, yet the sun is peeking from the clouds as I type. Knowing when the News + Record is published, I write these words assuming that you, gentle … more
In my column last week, I mentioned one of the shortcomings of the printed word. It’s that thoughts on paper are often limited in their effect since there’s no way to convey things like voice … more
Who will be serving in the new presidential cabinet? If Donald Trump turns out to be the winner of the Nov. 3 election, there may be changes, but probably merely a continuation of the shifting … more
The day before the 2018 midterms, I posted a column about “what to do if you lose.” Without knowing the outcome, I urged those about to be disappointed not to react to their loss in ways that … more
To the Editor: After reading interviews with all the candidates for Chatham County Commissioner (News + Record, October 15-21), I am convinced that Democrats Karen Howard and Mike Dasher need to … more
Give me this one fantasy. I want a dog. I grew up with a half-Lab, half-Golden Retriever named Lucy. Right out of college, I adopted a black-haired puppy I named after the poet Nikki Giovanni. … more
If you’ve visited Pittsboro’s new Haunted Hills Terror Drive or enjoy people-watching, strap on in. This fittingly spooky topic comes from weeks of gathering notes on haunted house human … more
Throughout most of my life — at least the adult part, which I’m still working on — I’ve been a pack rat. You name it; I’ve probably saved it. And most of the time not just one or two but … more
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