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D.G. Martin

Jack Hunt and Ruby's cooking

“Go see Rep. Jack Hunt first thing. He is married to one of my cousins. He will take care of you.” That was my first instruction from UNC President Dick Spangler when he tapped me to …
John Hood

Riots destroy more than property

RALEIGH — During a May 31 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper spoke effectively to the issues of police misconduct and injustice raised by the death of George Floyd. He also condemned the …
Tom Campbell

Mourning and lament

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. “Lord hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!” — Psalm 130: 1-2 Christians and those of …
Jean McCamy
Views and Reviews

Violent police wrong, as are store looters

I keep remembering Bloody Mary, in the 1949 musical “South Pacific,” singing to American Lt. Joe Cable about “talking happy talk.” I’d like to talk some happy talk, but right now, it’s …
Emmy Martin

A century of suffrage, for some women

Your grandma or great-grandma probably couldn’t do something you may take for granted in America: vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified and became a part of the U.S. Constitution 100 years ago, …
Bob Allen
Roving Around

Brother-in-law had nicknames for everyone

My late brother-in-law, Calvin “Cap” McKishen of Woodbury, New Jersey, loved nicknames as much or more than anyone else I know. No one else ever called me Cedric, but Cap called me Cedric for as …
Tom Campbell

Saturday school? Early and late shifts? Virus could bring dramatic changes

Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just …

Face masks shouldn't become partisan props

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 …
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