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Everyone’s seen the fireworks tents that pop up in the week before July 4, but what happens to the take-home-combustibles business in the other 51 weeks of the year? Not a whole lot. “The … more
On June 21, state Senate leaders presented a budget spending proposal that would slash corporate taxes and invest heavily in infrastructure. Despite the state’s $6.5 billion surplus, public school … more
My wife and I were both raised in North Carolina. After more than a decade out of state, we were delighted to become Tar Heels again in 2018. Our home state stands out in our minds as the best place … more
We’re kicking around the idea of replacing the shower in a bathroom at our house. In the process, as we’ve talked to a few companies specializing in that kind of refurbishment work, I’ve been … more
Tax policy is always a controversial issue, and we’re about to have another round of debate over taxes. At the national level, there are proposals to increase a variety of tax rates. Here in … more
A few days after returning home to St. Louis from the University of Missouri back in March of 2020 because of the spread of COVID-19, my mom had a sudden realization. “I totally forgot there … more
Two weeks ago, I was backpacking with my church youth group in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when it hit me: anything could happen in the outside world, and I wouldn’t know it. That Tuesday, … more
My friend’s 5-year-old daughter was having trouble falling asleep one night, and as she was being tucked back into bed for the third time, she told her mom that she was scared. My friend asked … more
I’ve always despised waking up early. Actually, let me rephrase that — I think waking up at the crack of dawn is neat, but my body is disgusted by the idea. I’ve never been one to wake up … more
Last year, during one of the pandemic’s earlier misleads, economists had a grand revelation: our “new normal” work-from-home standard and affinity for six-foot radii would change the real … more
I once had a dog who hated the Fourth of July. She was not vehemently unpatriotic. In fact, she liked to chase a baseball and eat apple pie! But she was terrified of fireworks. At the time, we … more
It used to be said “a car loses value the moment it drives off the lot.” No longer. The pandemic turned many a market on its head — commodity prices skyrocketed, tourism tanked, gasoline … more
Some weeks ago, a vacuous scammer temporarily commanded my mother’s WhatsApp account. He picked the wrong son’s mother to swindle; naturally, I found him for a phone interview (it wasn’t … more
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that enslaved African-Americans in Texas were finally told three words: “You are free.” Now, 156 years later, we continue to observe Juneteenth, June 19th … more
Should we be satisfied with nearly eight in 10 Chatham County seniors having been vaccinated against the dangers of COVID-19? I would hope not. In March, I was excited by the pace with which … more
Growing up, my younger brother and I both played baseball. Since my brother moved to New York City more than a decade ago, my father and I have tried to meet him every summer at a different ballpark … more
Some years ago, when my father-in-law was still with us and had not yet become a precious memory, he put together a little orchard of sorts in a corner of his backyard where the pasture fence made a … more
I’ll go ahead and say it: I’ve never liked Coach K. There hasn’t been a single moment in my 23 years of life that I’ve felt differently. As a kid, I was fortunate to grow up in a … more
Before I had kids of my own, I thought “helicopter parenting” was an extreme sport. Let’s also try bungee-jumping parenting and skydiving parenting! But the truth is quite serious. In this … more
Chaos erupted when the Colonial Pipeline shut down last month, temporarily suspending fuel supply on the east coast. But the drama we saw then was just a glimpse of something worse to come, though … more
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