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An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, … more
In the Old Testament story, the character of Cain, having murdered his brother, Abel, answers God in a sarcastic tone, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The three major world religions — … more
Police stormed Breonna Taylor’s apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood. The Louisville … more
The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly affect the logistics of how we cast our votes in the November elections. I have little doubt Johnston County will see a surge in requests for mail-in … more
In a country such as ours, good government has to start at the bottom and work its way up. If we look from the top down, we will always find disappointment. The last quarter-century of American … more
Dealing with a disease or other health condition is no fun. Lots of unknowns are involved, lots of stress, pain, even fear. As I sat and watched the powerful new series, “The Chosen,” … more
As they heaped praise on the Black Lives Matter movement, America’s big-city mayors were actively working to undermine it with harsh curfews that cut marches and rallies short. Minneapolis … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online opinion article … more
The azaleas were in peak bloom. Bright-pink flowers covered the front porch and hung over the sidewalk, filling the area with the scent of spring. It was a beautiful sight. It wasn’t long, … more
In a recent letter to the editor, the contributor wrote, “Contrary to some people’s views, we cannot do better than Trump.” As a student of U.S. history and one who taught U.S. history in an … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online … more
Everyday Grace Everything’s changing, or threatening to change, isn’t it? I often hear that the economy is crashing. Businesses are closing every day because they have been able to make … more
Gone, baby, gone. Did Trump lose me or did I lose Trump? It’s almost a Dickensian question of conscience in today’s political environment. In my heart of hearts, I am a Republican. But that … more
It took a hard-boiled Minneapolis cop nearly nine minutes to end George Floyd’s life. But it took three other officers’ silence to let it happen. Derek Chauvin, the veteran former … more
If not for COVID-19 hundreds of Johnston County high school seniors would have received their diplomas this past Friday. They would have done so amid pomp and circumstance, with proud, and sometimes … more
Not since the tomato-red “Make America Great Again” hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage. Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following … more
Social distancing and stay-at-home precautions have “flattened the curve” and saved countless lives. The unfortunate side effect, however, has been a massive slowdown in the economy, with the … more
I can just see it. Jesus is with his disciples, sitting on the mountainside. He’s teaching them, laughing with them, smiling sweetly at their innocence and wonder, enjoying their friendship. … more
Until last week, I had given Gov. Roy Cooper the benefit of the doubt. True, I think locking down much of North Carolina’s economy will prove a cure worse than the disease that is COVID-19. But … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
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