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Budgets are moral documents. Budgets tell us what communities, issues and people are most important to their authors. Let’s place this budget in context. In the 2018 election, nearly 3.6 … more
The world was all abuzz last week when news reports revealed that President Donald Trump was interested in purchasing Greenland, the world’s largest island, from Denmark. That fact came as a bit … more
If you ask someone who attended Southern Nash High School over the last 50 years who’s moved away from the area what he or she misses most about his or her alma mater, the vast majority will answer … more
This week’s column will take a slightly different twist as you will see. I am in the process of fighting with the mockingbirds and wasps for ownership of all the ripe figs on a fig bush that I … more
The online story made it sound like “Spy Kids,” but I found it interesting — with a touch of nostalgia — to learn how the National Security Agency is hiring young people to work for its … more
With the start of a new school year fast approaching, I know that the posts of first-day pictures will be coming soon with comments about how these are tomorrow’s leaders, but given the state of … more
OK, parents! It’s time to gear up and take control. The excitement is thriving and the anticipation is going strong — well, for the parents anyway. That’s right. It’s almost time for … more
On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our Lord and to continue to pray for all those affected by the violence in this country and around the world. … more
Sundays growing up always meant church at either Floods Chapel Free Will Baptist or Gold Valley Methodist Church — the former before 16 years old and the latter until I married at age 21. It also … more
Long before 24-hour cable news channels started having panelists yell at each other, I presume in order to boost ratings, every now and then, a local station would foreshadow the conflict yet to … more
With the departure of Shelton Jefferies from the superintendent’s position, the Nash-Rocky Mount school board now faces the daunting task of locating a qualified new leader who fits in with our … more
Murder is a common subject these days. Just last week, killings occurred in El Paso and in Dayton. And if we don’t want to read about recent murders, we can just turn on the television and watch … more
On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family, and friends met to worship our Lord and pray for those lost and injured in the two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas and the other on … more
Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing an adult patron in one of the local Nash County chain convenience stores simply acting foolish and well beneath his years. His behavior was so horrible I … more
The movie “The Lion King” has made lions popular again. In this endearing story, Simba, son of the ruling lion Mufasa, ultimately battles his evil uncle Scar for control of the Pride Lands of his … more
Who remembers the year 1984? I do. I graduated from Spaulding Elementary School in Spring Hope in the spring and started seventh grade at Southern Nash Junior High in the fall. The Oakland … more
The complexity of the U.S. health care system makes it hard to evaluate the various plans proposed by the Democratic candidates for president. The simplistic slogan “Medicare for All” masks … more
Remember growing up how you hated to hear your parents begin a sentence with “When I was your age?” Each week as I give thought to just what this column should be about, I find myself always … more
For many of us who are still blessed to have our parents with us here on earth, we are watching the time pass by and seeing them age terribly faster than we would want. As we once were the focal … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
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