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Scientists now refer to our era as the Anthropocene Epoch, meaning that the collective actions of human beings (“anthropos” in Greek) have substantially altered the environment — the lands, … more
Maybe you can’t stand Pat, but former Governor McCrory could be future Senator McCrory. When McCrory announced he’ll run for the Senate next year, many of my fellow Democrats laughed — and … more
To the Editor: Someone has fertilized stupidity in Americans. A notorious propagandist by the nickname “Tokyo Rose” once tried this during World War II, but allied troops were too intelligent … more
All along life’s journey are signposts that mark important points. While some are unique to an individual, many others we have in common with most every other person in the world ... or at least … more
Mrs. Walls and I took a break from the real world last week and drove to the Outer Banks. We stuffed the car with everything we thought we might need for a week until it looked like the back bumper … more
Income inequality, poverty, hunger, unemployment — these are all issues that have been with us for a while but became worse during the pandemic. The various stimulus bills tried to help, and … more
Of all industries to suffer from pandemic slowdowns, few were as roundly decimated as air travel. At the pandemic’s worst, airlines lost about 95% of their revenue when travel ground to a halt … more
It’s amazing what you can learn these days. I guess that was always the case but technology and the internet make it so much easier now. In the old days, of course, there was also lots of … more
We know Mother Nature to be fickle. But fecklessly, spitefully cruel? Here, in central North Carolina? Yes, and nightmarishly so. The Sanford tornado 10 years ago this week proved it. I grew up … more
The violent death of a 20-year-old man is tragic. It is also true that Daunte Wright, a Black man, was killed by a white police officer. These are the facts. The editorial board of The Wall Street … more
In the early 1930s, few North Carolinians outside metropolitan areas had electricity. Private companies supplied power to cities and large towns, but they had no financial incentive to run lines … more
To the Editor: I want to thank Rep. Ted Budd for his recent visit to Siler City to honor the late Mayor John Grimes. I think it’s important that our congressman visits the area he represents. … more
The church I serve as pastor affirms and supports the full rights of the LGBTQIA community. If not all of these letters are familiar, “I” generally stands for intersex, and “A” can stand for … more
On March 31, the North Carolina Senate passed the hugely controversial SB 387, titled the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, by margin of 48 senators in favor, none opposed. The following day, … more
I watched Ken Burns’ and Kim Novick’s new film about writer Ernest Hemingway last week on PBS. I recorded the three-part series thinking I would not be able to stay up past my bedtime, which … more
In a perfect world, the state-mandated property revaluations each of North Carolina’s 100 counties must undergo at least once every eight years would be what’s called a “revenue-neutral” … more
This will date me back to the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and there were no microwaves or electronic devices and people actually had to cook and have face-to-face conversations, but it does … more
Picture this, as Golden Girls’ Sophia Petrillo used to say. Alamance County. May 2010. A Latina driver is stopped by a sheriff’s deputy. She provides her valid North Carolina driver’s license … more
Back in 2017, I had just started working in the finance industry when then-President Donald Trump bushwhacked his way through a largely hostile Congress to push his landmark achievement — the Tax … more
I grew up learning that history is the indispensable subject. To paraphrase philosophers Edmund Burke and George Santayana, knowing history enables modern communities to avoid past mistakes. I am now … more
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