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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
I had the good fortune to start the month of February by receiving my first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center at 10:01 a.m. Monday. I am … more
One of my most enduring memories as a small child was the weekly shopping trip with my mother. This was in the early 1950s, and my parents lived in a small home in a rural area of Ohio west of … more
A new year has arrived, and with it new hopes and resolutions. On the political front, here are some goals for North Carolina as state lawmakers return to Raleigh for the 2021 legislative … more
Super Bowl Sunday is near, and since I cannot root for the Panthers, I will root for the Buccaneers. I used to live in Clearwater, Florida, just north of St. Petersburg. Tampa’s older, seedier, … more
To the Editor: Dear Senator Tillis, At the top of your web page this morning there are two banners that say you are “Fighting.” This language adds to the division of our great country. Our … more
I mentioned to my wife that my New Year’s resolution was to hang out with more guy friends. She and I have two churches and three kids between us, so free time is rare. But she was immediately … more
To the Editor: D. Lars Dolder reported in last week’s edition, “N.C. legislators push for 28th Constitution amendment” (News + Record, Jan. 28-Feb. 3) that Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Dist. 23) … more
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