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In this era of increasing partisan polarization, the “middle” is shrinking before our eyes. more
Have you heard from President Trump today? Or is your email box filled with messages from prominent Democrats? Either way it’s nothing personal. They just want your money. And even … more
Angsty, hormone-fueled pop songs about teenage love and lust were a dime a dozen during FM radio’s salad days, in the 1970s and ‘80s, but “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” — sung by the … more
The other morning my three children woke up to less than one inch of snow. “A dusting,” I called it, peering over their heads into the backyard. They looked at the same scene and made a different … more
“Don’t sign on to work on that one.” Jay Robinson, who was the UNC System’s vice president for public affairs and chief lobbyist, was training me to be his successor. “Be careful,” … more
From time to time I ponder certain things, great questions of the universe, if you will. They range from questions such as “Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?” to “Why do … more
Perhaps we should “follow the science” and abolish North Carolina’s Pre-Kindergarten program. After all, the largest and most sophisticated scientific evaluation ever attempted of a … more
Editor’s note: the News + Record asked retired diplomat and Chatham resident Bob Pearson, who served under 11 Secretaries of State and six presidents, for his perspective on the crisis in Ukraine. … more
When I was still in school, every snow day felt like a wintry gift from God. The second I’d hear an inkling of a snowy weather forecast, I swear I’d spend the rest of the day with a spring in … more
According to an online survey in last week’s New York Times, I am a sentimentalist. This is because I want Pluto back as the ninth planet of our solar system. I have heard the counter arguments. … more
Omicron is spreading faster than Kudzu, especially among our children. Some educators and health officials are suggesting we halt in-class learning and return to virtual learning. That would be a … more
It wasn’t so long ago — three years, to be exact — that my first-born grandchild entered a world known as “teenager.” For the longest while, he was the only male in the group, although … more
During each election cycle, we are treated to an endless parade of politicians extolling freedom. Given how many of them subsequently vote to restrict our freedom in myriad ways, we have ample reason … more
The man who made me briefly famous died last week. Tom Clark was 93. Dr. Clark taught me Old Testament at Davidson College in 1958-59. It was his first year teaching at Davidson, and I was a … more
On Tuesday, I began my final semester of undergrad at the University of Missouri. As of now, I’m not planning on attending graduate school, so this could be it. Wow. That’s wild for me to … more
The term “economic divide” is commonly used today. It can refer to several aspects in our economy, such as the economic differences between urban and rural areas, the widening income and wealth … more
My mother and father instilled gender equity in both theory and practice for my younger brother and me: When we were in elementary school, Mom earned her master’s degree, then began her own … more
It’s that time of year again. No, not June weddings or graduations or even so many shopping days until Christmas. It’s time for employers and pensions and Uncle Sam through Social Security … more
From July 2020 to July 2021, there was a net inflow of 637,729 Americans into these top-five destination states: Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina. During the same period, … more
“Prove it.” One of this column’s readers challenged me to back up my recent assertion that characteristics of some Americans could be explained by our connections to certain regions of the … more
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