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When Baby Boomers protested the ills of society in the 1960s, we didn’t trust anybody over 30. Now that we’re in our 60s and 70s, we don’t seem to trust anybody under … more
RALEIGH — As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county commission races in North Carolina. But I … more
Do Black lives matter in a good, almost all-white neighborhood in Raleigh? The Black lives in this neighborhood are two of the main characters in Raleigh author Therese Anne Fowler’s latest … more
The coronavirus is no longer the biggest back-to-school threat, some college students say. The pandemic has taken a back seat to a new bogeyman: campus police. Young activists are calling on their … more
The calendar says 2020, but some say it’s really 2030. Huh? Did we suddenly lose a decade? I, for one, certainly hope not, because that would make me 79 instead of 69. Actually, no one is … more
RALEIGH — If you’ve lived in North Carolina for even a few years, you’ve probably formed an opinion about whether statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders and soldiers … more
When it comes to reopening public schools, there are four things on which most agree.  First, we acknowledge the need for children to be back in school. Second, we accept that the safety of … 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
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
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
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
Bunny was literally between a rock and a hard place. Her hiking group, the Mountain Marching Mamas, had come to a steep rock cleft on the Appalachian Trail, a challenging granite ascent that Charme, … more
“These are anarchists, these are not protesters,” President Donald Trump said on July 20, defending his decision to unleash Department of Homeland Security hooligans on … more
“The polls were wrong in 2016. Why should I believe them now?” The more polls you see this year, the more you’ll hear that question. As someone who spent 40-plus years reading … more
RALEIGH — One morning in late March, I drove from my home in southern Wake County to my office in north Raleigh to pick up some files so I could work from home. As I exited the Beltline onto … more
Barely three months from now, the 2020 election may reveal whether America’s white evangelical “religious right” finally is losing political power. So far, early polls imply that … more
Jonathan Ballew lifted his press credential above his head like a shield. It offered no protection when a Chicago police officer in riot gear blasted him with a stream of pepper spray that clouded … more
Next week, thousands of North Carolinians who are out of work due to COVID-19 will see a drastic reduction in their unemployment benefits despite this pandemic being far from over. The additional … more
I heard a radio spot this morning talking about the New Normal. I was quite confused, as I had understood what we as a nation were going through was temporary.  I had assumed businesses were … more
I miss a lot of things about being in the church building for worship — the community and fellowship, the communal hearing of the choir as its members open our hearts to receive the … more
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