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My husband John has just purchased one of those newfangled vehicles with built-in boo-boo detectors. This fancy SUV beeps when he strays over the road’s center line, fails to put his seat belt on, … more
All the folks who decry government spending, and especially the politicians whose actions have produced a record annual deficit of $1.10 trillion, should be concerned and embarrassed by how many … more
The childhood game of finders keepers we all played doesn’t always work out when you’re an adult, does it? Many of us often dream of what would happen if we found a bag of money on the side … more
It’s “cruelty,” Salon’s Melanie McFarland scolds. “Offensive in all the wrong ways,” wails Vice’s Patrick Marlborough. Most popularly — to repeat a charge several critics have … more
Downtown Spring Hope this past Saturday was like the town of the ’50s and ’60s. Folks were milling around the stores, and the community yard sale was absolutely a success. Hopefully, the chamber … more
While North Carolina’s attention last week was focused on Hurricane Dorian, the state’s judicial system blew away the partisan gerrymandered maps drawn by Republican lawmakers in 2017 in a clear … more
RALEIGH — I remember when the inherent boredom of redistricting was a laugh line. During an episode of the animated series “The Simpsons,” for example, Homer turns on the TV one Sunday … more
Want to be your own boss? Set your own hours? Control your destiny by earning commissions, bonuses and even luxury cruises? You could hear that too-good-to-be-true sales pitch at the next … more
By the time you read what I’ve written here, another storm will have come and maybe even gone. And yet another storm may be heading in our direction. Hurricane season is upon us, and we must be … more
Over time, it seems that storms are intensifying and the thought of being cautious has rapidly increased to the point where we attempt to protect ourselves from anything that Mother Nature throws at … more
There was nothing like the threat of a major hurricane to dampen the Labor Day holiday even though Hurricane Dorian was nowhere near North Carolina on Monday. It’s hard to relax or party when … more
It’s beginning to feel and look like fall. Last week I saw the first fully tipped tobacco field and then immediately saw, in another field, someone combining corn. It brought to mind those last … more
You can always tell when summer comes to an end. The evening twilight comes a little sooner and the roads are again full of school buses. So it was on Monday when Nash County students returned to … more
Being in this wonderful business of being all in everyone else’s business, I get to talk to people a lot, and even more importantly I get to hear people’s views on the world and the people in it … more
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
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