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On Sunday, I listened to a TV pastor giving a message about having doubts. He used the example of the disciple Thomas from the book of John, verses 24-29. Here are these verses: “Now … more
The racist TikTok video that roiled a Georgia high school could have been a teachable moment. But administrators chose excommunication over education. Carrollton City Schools swiftly expelled two … more
Some of you readers might enjoy going to SurfChex.com to see live images of our North Carolina beaches, piers and coastal towns. This is especially comforting these days when we cannot travel to … more
The scattered protests around the country about reopening the various states show very well the frustration many Americans are feeling after a month and a half of sheltering in place to defeat the … more
RALEIGH — At an April 23 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper gave a reasonable explanation of what led him to institute North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-home order nearly a month … more
The racist TikTok video that roiled a Georgia high school could have been a teachable moment. But administrators chose excommunication over education. Carrollton City Schools swiftly expelled two … more
RALEIGH — Free societies are rife with planning. Indeed, there is no such thing as an unplanned society. No, I have not become a victim of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (although that … more
The importance of the 2020 election, not just for president but for the U.S. Senate and important statewide races, make it critical that North Carolina begin now to work on options that will allow … more
I am happy to report that I am now the proud owner of one of the cleanest homes in southern Nash County — possibly the entire county — as a result of the stay-at-home order. My son-in-law has … more
I was asked what day it was when the powers-that-be in the nursing home were assessing whether I was competent enough to go home. It’s a good thing I don’t have to answer that question now, … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “‘Sheltering in place’ is tiring. Deeply tiring. Most of the time we’re meant to be with someone, to go … more
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a column arguing that while a stay-at-home order might be justified as an initial response to an immediate and poorly understood public health threat, it wasn’t … more
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to fix campus kangaroo courts. But opponents are using COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to delay much-needed reform. Democratic senators, state attorneys … more
I was on my way to Bailey last week and there it was — the first land being prepared for the tobacco crop in the Mount Pleasant community. Three big tractors sitting at the end of the field … more
RALEIGH — The 1930s had the Great Depression. The early 21st century had the Great Recession. Now, in the 2020s, we are suffering a Great Suppression. With hundreds of thousands of North … more
Feeling stir-crazy yet? Sunday was a strange Easter, with no family dinners, no sunrise services, no gathering together in church in joyful celebration. Our church continued having an online … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
Does North Carolina lock up too many people? I’ve long thought so. I’ve advocated criminal justice reforms that employ intensive parole and probation, restitution and other alternatives to … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “As the world confronts the coronavirus and COVID-19, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. This pandemic is a … more
One thing politicians soon learn is to never waste a good crisis. Quite frequently, when responding to the urgency of the moment in drafting emergency legislation, lawmakers will find ways to … more
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