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Lib, my retired Methodist pastor wife, and I have been married for 55 years and our household has always been filled with interesting, sometimes differing but generally entertaining conversations … more
If you’re pleased with your pandemic stimulus check, just wait until the payments come due.  As someone who paid federal taxes last year, you qualified for a $1,200 stimulus check; you … more
Earth Day was celebrated for the 50th time on April 22, and what a celebration it was!  In fact, the celebration continued throughout the week with fine television documentaries and comments … more
We need to learn to work in a world that is controlled by COVID-19. Two voices of hope from different platforms and reasons are Mayor Carlton Stevens and Barton President Doug Searcy.  In … more
Like many governors, Roy Cooper gets good poll ratings for handling the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike most other governors, Cooper is running for reelection this year. Polls on opposite ideological … 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
Are you going to be able to vote in the upcoming November election? Or will the coronavirus claim another victim: your right and responsibility to choose the leaders to guide us through this … more
Did you know summer registration starts this week at Wilson Community College? Things are not quite business as usual at WCC, but starting this Friday, May 1, current and future students will … 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
On Saturday, President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of “Elbe Day” — the day, presaging the end of … more
If we can save lives, shouldn’t we always? And if we can do that now rather than wait to kill someone later, why wouldn’t we do that?  Yet that is precisely what might be … more
I don’t know what daily life is like during our Great National Shutdown in states like Pennsylvania, where I hear golfing is verboten, all liquor stores are closed and masks must be worn into … more
For the millions who “felt the Bern” in 2016 and again this year only to be bitterly disappointed both times, it’s now time to subject former Vice President Joe Biden to the heat … more
There’s almost no other topic to talk about today than the coronavirus, or simply “the virus” as I’ll call it. I understand why. I can’t think of any other event in my … more
Often in this column, I have commented on some of the ridiculous things I notice on a daily basis.  Some things are mildly amusing. Others are perplexing. Some are ironic and others are, … more
Barely a month into North Carolina’s stay-at-home order, protests are popping up across the country, including one in Raleigh that led to an arrest of one protester. Protests in Michigan, … more
If you are like me, your email has been flooded with stories about COVID-19 lately. Most articles use faceless data like unemployment figures, infection rates and economic losses to paint a sobering … more
I am writing this column from my new home and I am making this my last for the foreseeable future.  I have enjoyed writing for the newspaper and hopefully enlightening and opening minds up to … more
I want to go to the beach. I want to shop for the perfect swimsuit, get frustrated with myself for eating too much and not working out, buy the bikini as a “goal” and drink a … 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 … more
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