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Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years, her morning talk show made her one of … more
Lisa Batts reminded me Sunday night of a trip I took to Cuba and suggested I might write a column about it because of Fidel Castro’s death. Actually, I have been to Cuba twice — once with journalists hosted by the Southern Newspaper … more
It is no secret that farm families have always worked hard to provide produce and other products for people who live in town. Around here in addition to tobacco, farmers took cotton, corn, soybeans, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat to be sold in … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a profound leader. He inspired others to speak up, join in and take a stand for what they believe in, and his legacy continues to inspire today. Dr. King was able to peacefully take a stand for equal rights — and … more
Five hundred years ago, the course of church history took a major shift initiated by a then-Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther. The shift for the whole church was pushed by almost all the major forces of the time: economic, political, … more
I was interested and surprised with the guest columnist J. Christian Adams’ recent column, “AG Stein flunks the ethics test” on Tuesday. In that column, he implies that the current attorney general cannot decide whether to defend … more
While visiting one of my closest friends in Washington last month, the talk to turned to politics. Our conversation was polite, respectful and … here I want to say frustrating or pointless, but the better word is illuminating. As we argued … more
Now and then we see a list or passage describing words, phrases or pronunciations that were used in years past, adding interest and spice to local language. Some people may find these expressions funny or amusing, yet they reflect the way many … more
One year ago, on Feb. 9, 2016, the Nashville Police Department became the first in the state of North Carolina to implement a program called the Hope Initiative. For those with substance use disorder who were seeking treatment, our promise was, and … more
Can lessons learned in a successful effort to provide compensation for victims of state-sponsored sterilization help solve the problem HB2 (the bathroom bill) is causing North Carolina? In his recent book, “Rage to Redemption in the … more
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