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The season for giving

Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you joined those spending a record $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday. As …

Face of health care is changing

RALEIGH — While the health care debate has usually focused on questions of insurance coverage and finance, the composition and delivery of medical services have been changing significantly. Some of …

Katiedid vs. ... 5-minute motel

“You have five minutes after checking in to ask for a refund. Requests after five minutes will not be granted.” Blinking, I read the sign again as the motel cashier charged my credit card. …

Surrendering America

Well it’s officially December now, and my hometown of Erwin will have held its annual Christmas parade on Monday night, officially kicking off the Christmas season for the residents of Erwin. Each …

Marriage and pregnancy reduce crime

There’s a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes. When economic policy is the topic, we think about taxes, government …

Fraud in higher education

This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme …
Letters to the editor

Be thankful for this country

To the editor: The beauty of the flag of the United States of America, and of the meaning of the pledge of the United States of America is something we the people of this great United States of …

Hunters can help change lives

To the editor: North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this …

Two additional pilots remembered

To the Editor: Enjoyed reading the article “Airports in Dunn, 100 years ago” [“Into the Past” Dunn Area History Museum column, Sept. 24]. I was familiar with some of the locations and two …

Councilman serves with integrity, honesty

To the editor: The city of Dunn municipal election is on Oct. 8 and early voting has already started! You have the opportunity to cast your vote for your city council representative. I want to …

This is government-controlled insurance

To the editor: From the time that the Affordable Care Act was passed until the present, North Carolina Republicans have broadcast their policy that the government should not control health …

Appreciates help from good Samaritans

To the editor: My friend, Carly, and I are writing you on our way home from Oak Island to Washington, D.C. On our way, we had some car trouble off of the highway and pulled off just in time for …
Sound off
Sound off Age of common sense To the person who thinks all people over 70 are ignorant, who support Donald Trump, [“Caller misinformed” Sound Off, Nov. 29], apparently you haven’t reached that age of …
Sound off Impeach Dem president If they don’t try to impeach the next Democrat president we get then I am going to get some people together and start a protest and a riot. No comprehension These …
Sound off That parade was outstanding I just wanted to say that the Veterans Day Parade in Lillington was outstanding. The JROTC from Overhills High School was amazing. Their appearance and performance was …
Sound off Hell enlarging The Bible says that hell will enlarge itself. Hell is a lake of fire, very hot. That would explain why the ice on the surface of the earth is melting. That would make more sense …
Sound off Knew it was wrong In regards to the teacher at South Johnston: It seems OK to ridicule Christians and separate them from their beliefs [“Teacher accused of segregating students basked on …
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