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On March 23, 14 U.S. senators from both major political parties asked Attorney General William Barr and Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to “transfer nonviolent … more
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation’s highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder. Supreme Court justices decided last … more
Having experienced quarantine once before has not helped me through this pandemic we’re experiencing, but it has given me some perspective. I was 3 or 4 years old when my older sister, four … more
If you find that you have time on your hands these days, consider reading some fine short stories to satisfy your need for a little surprise, humor or wisdom about human life. Short stories are … more
I know a lot of you are bored. I’m pretty bored myself. I find that being bored makes me more tired than being active. I think it should be the other way around, but that’s not what happens. … more
Many individuals express their opinions on these pages.  I therefore offer my opinion, which you can feel free to ignore.  The country and indeed the Northern Hemisphere is currently … more
For some courses in college, I worked hard, connected with the subject matter and the professor and wanted to always present my best work. For other courses, I carefully reviewed the syllabus to … more
Enough already! I can take only so much COVID-19 news, closed restaurants and long car lines at McDonald’s just for a morning cup of coffee. I’m hungry for other news and good-tasting food. … more
RALEIGH — The precise course of the COVID-19 outbreak and its medical, social and even political consequences are impossible to know at this writing. But there is at least one thing state lawmakers … more
Bernie Sanders is going to win the upcoming election for the Democrats. Does that sound like crazy talk? In light of Sanders’ recent crushing defeats on the primary campaign trail, maybe it … more
A bipartisan group of senators and a coalition including libertarian and progressive activists thwarted a March 16 scheme to ram through the Senate legislation renewing three provisions of the USA … more
Our community — along with communities around the world — is navigating unprecedented challenges as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The cycle of our lives and neighborhoods … more
Coronavirus may not make us all sick, but it may make us all socialists. Washington is suddenly awash in ideas that some might call socialism. Some ideas are coming from people who regularly … more
As North Carolina and other states inch toward increasingly draconian measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all weighing the potential costs of both underreaction and … more
In their haste to contain the coronavirus, public officials are trampling on civil liberties. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s March 14 executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 100 … more
As of Saturday, there were more than 250 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, including three confirmed cases in Wilson County. On March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the … more
The grocery store parking lot seemed a bit more crowded than usual when I arrived to pick up a few items we needed last Sunday, but the crowding didn’t seem so unusual until I got inside and found … more
You are probably familiar with those top 10 lists from late-night TV shows, you know, the ones that give us a little comic relief at the end of the day and some essential therapeutic belly … more
The handshake is something many of us perform, some more often than others. It’s a common practice we haven’t thought much about until recently, when it took on new significance. Wikipedia … more
There are a lot of you out there who could use some levity. The events of the last week or so have whipped this country into a frenzy not seen in a very long time. Some folks believe it will blow … more
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