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Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
Our nation is seriously divided. “United we stand. Divided we fall!” And we are currently in free-fall as a nation regarding division. Our “tribalism” has moved from ethnic and religious … more
Fall’s arrival is a good thing for lots of us as it means apple season is here once again. Apples are not only delicious, but also one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Information … more
While researching the Trump presidency, I ran across the term, “the cult of Trump.” I immediately typed this term into my preferred computer search engine and to my amazement, I was swamped by … more
My son is a high school senior, and as he navigates all the activities and programs that come with senior year, I have noticed he has one of my best and worst traits. He is stubborn. My mother … more
My heart ached, then anger rushed through my entire being reading the news reports reflected in the following news headlines: “Syrian Christians to U.S.: Don’t Abandon Us Now” and “Christians … more
Nov. 4 will mark the birthday of Will Rogers, who was born in 1879 and died in 1935. I would love to have met this man. Rogers has most often been described as being a humorist, one who uses … more
Unless there’s some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the U.S. House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump. Unless there’s … more
Although I seldom have time to watch TV interviews on the morning news while I’m getting ready for work, last week I overheard a guest who sounded as if he was blaming those he thought responsible … more
What is Greta Thunberg’s superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average 16-year-old doesn’t start successful global activist movements, address UN Climate Action Summits and have … more
Those who know U.S. history are aware that town hall meetings go back to the earliest days of the creation of our constitutional republic. As a matter of fact, the first town hall in the United … more
My Baptist pastor dad was a registered Democrat while my mom was a registered Republican. Believe me, I heard both the pros and cons of President Harry Truman. Though seemingly an odd coupling, in … more
The U.S. Navy confirms that three online videos showing two military air encounters with what it calls “unexplained aerial phenomena,” and the rest of us call “unidentified flying objects” … more
Let’s cut to the chase. Our Founding Fathers were obsessed with a concern of foreign nations interfering with our elections and influencing our domestic political discourse. In President George … more
My growing-up years in the Ozark Mountain river town of Van Buren, Missouri was highlighted by a scattering of colorful characters. My favorite was Saint Joe. Saint Joe was a rugged, fiercely … more
If you watched any TV weather reports over the past couple of weeks — and who didn’t? — you no doubt heard the term “I-95 corridor” being used, abused and tossed about by every reporter and … more
“Imagine what would be possible right now with ideas that are bold enough to meet the challenges of our time, but big enough, as well, that they could unify the American people [like the 9/11 … more
Everything’s changing. At least it seems that way. I don’t remember a time when life has been so varied, so uncertain, in so many areas. Change is happening all around me and is soon to happen … 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
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