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As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to increase, so has capacity at many sports venues across the country. For the NBA playoffs, seven of the 16 teams participating in the first round … more
A national political reporter recently asked me how I would explain North Carolina politics to a class of college students. “One word,” I told him: “Race.” It has always been about … more
To the Editor: Gov. Roy Cooper outlined his spending priorities for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) money coming to North Carolina, specifying how he thinks the billions of dollars would best be … more
Parenting is a difficult job, an enterprise made tougher when the chemistry of multiple blood-related kidlets interacting within the same four walls turns combustible. I’ve seen it happen a lot. … more
Limbo refers to an uncertain period of waiting for a decision or resolution. Some religious traditions speculate about the limbo status of the soul in the afterlife. My co-columnist today, Paul … more
Through the years I’ve tried to avoid making too many absolute statements. It’s not that I don’t have some basic core beliefs that, while maybe open for conversation, aren’t open for … more
The earth is warming at an alarming rate — the five warmest years in recorded history all occurred during the last decade. There is little doubt that this warming is caused by human activity. … more
With no meaningful state law giving North Carolinians the right to see disciplinary records of those they employ in state and local government jobs, how will we ever know? How will we know about … more
This academic year has been marked by a global pandemic. Yet, as in previous years, you will take end-of-grade tests. I don’t believe this makes any sense. But I believe in you. You have had … more
We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when or where. The Colonial Pipeline hacking was a scary introduction to ransom attacks. Here are five take-aways: 1. Human nature hasn’t changed … more
For all y’all who’ve gotten your shots, and in light of the CDC’s new masking guidelines, this week I’m offering a visual celebration of this weird but hopeful period we’re going through. … more
I celebrate last week’s updated guidelines from the CDC. Not only do the vaccines safeguard an overwhelming majority of recipients from COVID-19, the vaccines are incredibly effective at preventing … more
Every year, almost 20% of the world’s food is wasted. That’s what the United Nations concluded in its 2021 Food Waste Index Report, released in March. “(T)he true scale of food waste and … more
I have continued to reflect upon the speech that Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., gave after President Joseph Biden’s address to Congress. In light of Mother’s Day last Sunday, it’s fitting to note … more
On the frequent mornings I’m up and out on the back porch before sunrise, I’m treated to the melodic warbling of a songbird who lives in the woods behind our house. The preciseness of the onset … more
In a normal year, Van Culberson would be ramping up production at his saw mill after a mostly fallow winter. Instead, Siler City’s Carolina Wood Enterprises has operated at full bore for the better … more
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, which means lots of discounts, gifts and goodies for teachers around the country and in Chatham. After a year filled with COVID-19 challenges, this week brings … more
Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., has an impressive legislative track record. The only Black Republican in the Senate has crafted new laws to spur investment in low-income communities and change federal … more
To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of StopChathamNorth, an advocacy group representing concerned residents of the Briar Chapel community. We have been following your series of articles … more
The amount of heat-trapping emissions humans have spewed into our atmosphere since last Earth Day was 10% less than a typical year, a cause for celebration if not for one salient fact: the reduction … more
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