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Reunion: Memories And Epiphanies

Note to readers: 55 years after graduation, members of our high school class reunited to reminisce and renew friendships. I wrote this piece for our hometown newspaper and it got so much comment I thought I would share it with you in hopes it stirs … more


Judge By Value Added RALEIGH — Want to know why conservatives are more skeptical than progressives of the idea of government confiscating more of our money to throw at social programs? I’ve already given you the answer in my choice of … more

Monkey See, Monkey Do: A Sunday At The N.C. Zoo

My fiancé, our friend and I went to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro last Sunday and we had a great time. We left the house at 9 a.m., picked up our friend, Andrea, in Anderson Creek, then headed for Randolph County. We arrived at the N.C. … more

Jobs-For-All Plan Can’t Possibly Work

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new big idea: Have Uncle Sam offer a $15-an-hour job (with benefits) to anyone who wants one. First question: Why’d he wait until unemployment was down to 4.1 percent, rather than offer this when it was 10 percent? It … more

Existing Laws Weren’t Followed

It’s natural to want tougher laws in response to mass shooting incidents. But there is little evidence that new laws would help when existing laws aren’t being followed. Consider Monday’s Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tenn., with … more


Tired Of Paying here they go to school two years and get a two-year degree for nothing and taxpayers have to pay for it. And then they can transfer to a four-year college. Why do we have to keep up somebody else’s young’un and send them to … more


For The Week Of April 27-May 3 . Mayo Smith, a 29-year-old Dunn native who was associated with the American Coffee Co. for a number of years, established the first food and commodities brokerage to have its headquarters in Dunn within … more

Tar Heel Editors Speak Out

We are in the heart of tornado season. ... Perhaps the most important thing to know is what to do if you find yourself in the path of a tornado. The North Carolina Emergency Management Agency advises taking shelter on the lowest floor of a … more

House Speaker Candidate

Who Is Jim Jordan? Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has confirmed that he is looking to run for House speaker when current Speaker Paul Ryan departs at the end of the year. This puts Jordan up alongside the other principal … more

Birthday Panic

Admittedly I have been known to do some wacky stuff over the years in the ballot box, including exercising my right to vote for write-in candidates including cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Don’t get me wrong, I take my right … more

Little League

I wonder sometimes if life peaked when I played little league baseball. I was at the park last Thursday supporting a tee-ball team my church sponsors and had some fond memories resurface while we watched the kids play. I hit a home run my first … more

UNC Raises Bar On Free Speech

College students may not understand free speech, but at the University of North Carolina, professors seem plenty willing to teach them. The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council has voted 28-4 to adopt the “Chicago Principles,” a document that … more
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