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After a year of pandemic-begotten stagnation across global industry, the last few months have precipitated a business boom beyond what most could have predicted. In the U.S., productivity data … more
Like seemingly every Jewish grandparent, Eugene and Brenda Solomon, my maternal grandparents, moved to Boca Raton, Florida, upon retirement. And, every winter break throughout my childhood, our … more
Is it the time to call the N.C. “Education” Lottery what it is? Because it’s certainly not about education. To be fair, it was never really about education to begin with. While the long … more
The picture accompanying this column was taken at an overlook near Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. My wife and I had a weekend getaway to the Maggie Valley area … more
I felt angry when I first read of people choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As this newspaper recently reported, 91% of confirmed COVID cases in Chatham County, where I shop and attend church, … more
Another high-flying experiment in colonialism came crashing back to earth this past week in Afghanistan. We should not be surprised. It is a story as old as The Crusades. In the short term the effort … more
Why won’t North Carolina Democrats accept the results of an election? Don’t they believe in democracy? In 2018, North Carolinians went to the polls to cast ballots for congressional, … more
When I played baseball as a youth and young adult, I heard that a tie was like “kissing your sister.” I didn’t have a sister, but the same male coaches and fathers made sure to tell me that … more
The current spell of hot weather has convinced me of something: I am a weenie. Simply put, without air conditioning I tend to lose — and quickly — my sweet and gentle nature. Genteel people … more
Of all the gifts bestowed on our society by the industrial revolution, surely the greatest must be our profound advances in medical science. Current events aside, vaccination, inoculation, … more
My 8-year-old son and I watched Simone Biles warm up on the vault before the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He loves superlatives — the biggest dinosaur, the fastest bird, the most delicious pizza. When … more
After I read my respected colleague Melissa Florer-Bixler’s recent editorial in the Washington Post (“‘Ted Lasso’ showed us how kindness can change UK soccer. Until we saw the real UK … more
Life is pockmarked with an array of puzzling incongruities. Among them is the fact that we actively recruit volunteers from among our ranks to bag up roadside trash — trash discarded by litterbugs … more
It’s been a boon year for ABC store sales since pandemic shutdowns shuttered regular drinking holes and haunts. In Chatham especially, North Carolinians come from far and wide to peruse the … more
Work fills the time alloted for it. As Joe Pinsker wrote for The Atlantic last month: “When we have 40 hours of work a week, we find ways to work for 40 hours.” That’s not to say we … more
It’s time for a reality check. That’s the message from both a World Health Organization epidemiologist and the director of the Chatham County Public Health Department (see story, page A1) in … more
Home. Before your mind jumps to the physical and metaphorical meanings of this loaded word, try saying it slowly out loud. Or, if you are reading this in public, you could whisper quietly. Home. Do … more
As a longtime North Carolina faith leader, I am hoping that Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis will help find common ground to ensure fairness and equality for all Americans. For decades, … more
Last week, many families across our community woke up to a deposit in their bank account via the Child Tax Credit. That money, signed into law by President Biden in the American Rescue Plan, has not … more
Watching our garden grow apace under the blazing summer sun brings me no end of joy. I married a woman with a green thumb. My Elizabeth is more of an herb and flower kind of gardener than the … more
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