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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
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
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
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
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
My wife and I are both pastors. Our three young children put up a stink when it is time to say grace before meals. Picture the five of us around the table, our food before us. Either she or I will … more
Fragments of your old life can look much different when you’ve put a few decades in the rear-view mirror. Most of us have been back “home” enough to know that things in our pasts appear … more
After almost a week lodged in muck and obstructing the entire Suez Canal, the Ever Given — a gargantuan Japanese container ship — finally made berth on Monday, permitting resumption of traffic … more
My prayer and hopes for this Easter season are that the body of Christ would manifest the love of God in unity and oneness by praying for America. more
The best way to see the promise of spring is to take a drive in the country. Viewed close up, the darling buds of spring are almost indiscernible, but through the windshield of my car I see trees … more
Isn’t it nice working from home? Less time on the road and more time in your derrière debossed La-Z-Boy. Well, don’t get too comfy. The office beckons. It’s true, major companies … more
Without addressing the root of said disparities, education advocates warn a return to school could just return learning gaps to their previous rates — leaving marginalized groups of students behind, again. more
Before 2 a.m. on the morning of November 19, 2020, Lewis Thomas Riggsbee was found lying in a ditch alongside Jack Bennett Road. This lifelong Chatham County resident had suffered a terrible head … more
There was a story in a Sunday paper not so long ago that hurt my heart. Seems, according to that piece, a bit of America is on the way out. It also went on to say that the movement had been going … more
To the Editor: I was very disappointed in your two-part article on Chatham Park. It is a public relations piece masquerading as a news article Mr. Rawl and Mr. Smith are at some pains to … more
When the pandemic began one year ago, I started eating a handful of M&M’s every day after lunch. I’ve never had much of a craving for desserts, but now I look forward to this daily taste of … more
After some consternation, much deliberation and delayed adjudication, they’re finally here: stimulus checks 3.0. They’re bigger than ever at $1,400 a pop, but fewer Americans will qualify than … more
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