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The coronavirus has killed over 100 so far in Wake County. Devastating for families. Less well publicized is the devastation to families who have lost loved ones to overdoses of illegal drugs. … more
The first time I voted in a presidential general election was 1996. The Republican platform that year called for a new president because, in part, our “society grows more violent and less … more
Something to celebrate: It’s a frog, toad and turtle summer. Ask any kid who’s been to a local creek or a nearby pond. “Ribbit! Ribbit!” Some of Wake Forest’s smallest creatures offer … more
It seems to me, given the exceedingly late and lethargic (actually, lack of any discernible) plan to help the states aggressively test, trace and quarantine against the spread of the coronavirus and … more
Most days my walks take me past many of our friendly neighborhood giants. Trees are uncomplaining witnesses to our comings and goings. Far from being oblivious or uncaring, they offer cover, … more
The ongoing shutdown of businesses has nothing to do with stopping the spread of COVID-19, but instead with the government choosing winners and losers. Gov. Roy Cooper backed up his claim that Phase … more
Short neighborhood walks can be gateways to surprise and wonder. Eyes can reveal delightful sights in the greenness of landscapes, and attentive ears can catch the sounds of new life and … more
In a time of such economic uncertainty, is it a good idea to lower taxes? It seems dubious to me. All the pundits say our collective recovery from the economic and attendant social damages caused by … more
Every year, I try to write a letter concerning the sacrifices made by the thousands of correctional workers in our county and the country, but as Correctional Workers Week often coincides with Nurses … more
Massive slaughterhouse closures are driving U.S. consumers to plant-based meat products, as sick workers pay the price. Tyson Foods, JBS USA and Smithfield Foods, the largest meat processors, have … more
Another group of unsung heroes in our communities is the staff who work in residential treatment facilities across our state. I am the parent of an adult son who receives 24/7 care while residing in … more
I’m responding to a recent letter that you published that misrepresented Sen. Thom Tillis’ record when it comes to health care (“Tillis ought not thwart health care law,” … more
Dianne Sacchetti’s letter (“Tillis ought not thwart health care law,” April 16, 2020) exemplifies the left’s abject panic whenever a Republican attempts to reform or repeal Obamacare. She … more
Before the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans were charged more or denied health care coverage because they had a pre-existing condition like diabetes, arthritis, or cancer. Now, elected … more
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, we are already reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by curtailing travel. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of … more
Sen. Thom Tillis, I’m demanding that you, as my senator, support the Affordable Care Act that was passed in previous years. You owe us, as your constituents, your support of this act. Ronald … more
School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding — We live in a new coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged. The Centers for Disease Control and … more
After reading the News & Observer and listening to T.V., I came to one point: The $1 billion in taxes paid to buy our voting machines didn’t shorten voting times. Some people stood in line 5-6 … more
Last week when announcing the Wake Forest Christmas parade would be replaced with a festival, town spokesman Bill Crabtree said in a statement it was “due to the ongoing Confederate heritage debate … more
North Carolina is home to some of our nation’s most significant national park sites. From the Great Smokey Mountains to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, our parks are important because they … more
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