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Every year I have this problem: I can’t find some Christmas presents I just know I have purchased. Maybe I should just wait until the last minute to do my shopping. I thought I’d done better … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “So much has happened in our world in just one week. We are further restricted from social contact and our community … more
Do college sports programs represent a racist oppression of black student-athletes? And is it racist of me to believe it would be a mistake to allow collegiate athletes to sell rights to their … more
A decade ago, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, business analysts and policymakers thought they saw a turn toward a new urbanism. Downtown lofts and dense developments were the vogue. There … more
We Americans have no tolerance for tyrants. We fought a revolution to get rid of the king. We fought a civil war to get rid of slavery. We fought World War II to get rid of the Nazis. Earlier … more
RALEIGH — Conventional wisdom has it that progressives champion urbanity and conservatives disdain it. There’s some truth to that.  Progressives are far more likely than … more
It was a jarring sight. The Confederate flag was flying above the State Capitol building in Raleigh. No, this wasn’t the Civil War. It was May 10, 1977. Jim Hunt had been governor just … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
I’ve never liked the name “Department of Homeland Security” when it was created by Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001. The stilted phrase reminded me of the clunky titles the … more
North Carolina has been through tense, racially troubled times before. What happened 60 years ago should give us hope. Racism is bad now. It was even more pervasive then. But North Carolina had … more
I’ve wanted bees for a long time. Bees are fascinating insects. Their help is vital for food production and they are the only insect in the world that makes food a human can eat. When my husband … more
I ordered a headboard almost four months ago, and it has yet to arrive at my house. First, it was delayed by the pandemic. The package was coming from China, and exports were understandably halted … more
It’s that time of the year when a girl who grew up on a farm begins to turn her heart toward a garden. Well, maybe that’s not exactly what the old saying is, but I have watched my neighbors … more
It’s barning tobacco time again. All I have to say is “Lord, have mercy on those folks working out in this heat,” and that applies to ALL occupations, not just tobacco workers. I was … more
I have always enjoyed trips to the mountains and the beach, totally different places, for the same reason. No matter what I may be doing otherwise, these destinations always manage to give me a … more
Protections for human trafficking survivors are being steadily eroded.  From cuts in funding to clandestine attacks on immigration rights for survivors, the current administration has … more
The uncooperative attitudes some are currently exhibiting brings back memories of North Carolina’s history of recalcitrance.   In 1677, Culpeper’s rebellion unseated the governor … more
Many years ago, the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars Sears spent on advertising was wasted — he just didn’t know which half. I … more
RALEIGH — With hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians out of work and millions fearful about their futures, state and local policymakers are about to encounter a parade of companies, … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
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