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Long ago and not so far away, I was a not-so-diligent student in the Wilson school system. I remember my mother saying when our son was born that she prayed he wouldn’t be as rambunctious as I … more
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
Did you know Wilson Community College trains local businesses and industries, oftentimes for free? The college’s customized training program supports the economic development efforts of … 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 was wrong. A dozen years ago, I was an editor at this newspaper, which, like every newspaper in the country, was reeling from a tidal wave of changes in the news and advertising industries. … 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
This pandemic is causing lots of changes in our education system, more than the question of whether kids and college students return to campus, go to school online or try some hybrid … 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
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