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RALEIGH — You may recall that back in early April, a panel of health analysts presented Gov. Roy Cooper with two forecasts: 250,000 COVID infections by June 1, if Cooper’s initial … more
The old monuments have been taken down. The old battle flag has been lowered, folded and put away, even at NASCAR events.  Black Lives Matter is everywhere. Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima have … more
Without accusing him of a crime, police took Robert Reeves’ car, his two cellphones and all the cash in his wallet. The Detroit father of five had just visited a work site to interview for a … more
New UNC President Peter Hans starts his job in two weeks and will have his hands full. Not only will he face reopening our 16-campus university system, but larger problems loom on the … more
Regarding Covid-19: Leaders are important. Truth is necessary. Trust is basic. During a worldwide pandemic like the one we are experiencing, clear, understandable, and actionable health … more
RALEIGH — The proposed natural gas pipeline through eastern North Carolina is dead. Long live natural gas! Admittedly, there won’t be a coronation ceremony like there would be if a … more
I have found a name for one of the things I miss so much during this pandemic: weak ties. Mark Granovetter, a sociology professor at Stanford, published a 1973 paper entitled “The Strength of … more
When I saw the July 5-6 TV coverage of packed people on beaches in Florida, North and South Carolina enjoying the July Fourth holiday, I sat up and took a special look noticing not only the … more
Sports fans have been craving for competitive professional games held on American soil since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Major League Soccer heard our prayers and answered them last … more
Psalm 133:1 (ESV) “Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Let’s face the facts: Our country is very divided. Our world is very divided. We have … more
One nice thing about the internet, especially during a pandemic when our personal contact with people is limited, is that it allows people with a sense of humor to share it with their friends and … more
Some North Carolina old-timers still talk about the disastrous 1943 train wreck south of Fayetteville. It killed 74 people, including the father of one of the central characters of beloved author … more
RALEIGH — History is full of cases in which people subverted their own just causes by acting impulsively rather than carefully considering the costs and benefits. As the ancient poet Horace put … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
This was the most unusual July Fourth holiday most of us ever experienced. It just wasn’t the same without the traditional bands, parades, fireworks and cookouts. With all we’ve been … more
With the COVID-19 pandemic, things are not looking good in the sports world. Sure, the NBA is scheduled to resume its season July 30 after going on a four-month hiatus, but does that mean other … more
July Fourth has a robust history in Wake Forest. I hope you enjoyed the free fireworks program at Heritage High School last Friday night on Facebook. An online celebration is a first for us, and I … more
Galatians 5:1 (ESV) “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” We have just celebrated the Fourth of July, our Independence … more
I think it is time to take masks seriously. Not wearing them — I’m doing that — but buying them. Looks like they will be a wardrobe staple for quite a while to come. At the moment I have … more
RALEIGH — If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter schools, open … more
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