CN+R Columns & Opinions

A teacher, a death, a lasting impact

I never met Mike Williams, the Jordan-Matthews teacher who was killed in a car accident just before Thanksgiving. We learned about his death from Nancy Wykle, the public information officer for …

Kyle Rittenhouse needed a mentor. Are you one?

Before the fatal night of Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse was a high school dropout. His job experience was limited to that of a part-time lifeguard. But Rittenhouse was …

Infrastructure bill did us no favors

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed into law on Nov. 15 attracted the votes of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington and has attracted praise from many …

North Carolinian wins coveted National Book Award

What’s the biggest news in our state’s literary circles? On Nov. 17, Jason Mott won the National Book Award for Fiction. No North Carolinian had won that coveted award since Charles Frazier …

Leave leaves leaving trees ... or rake and burn them?

My father had many sayings he imparted to his three sons. Some were original, I think, while others he had heard himself or were a part of the general culture of mankind. There were the familiar …