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As a student of history, it’s my opinion that, as a nation, we are enduring a critical series of events that may well change the course of our once great constitutional republic with its democratic … more
I recently heard a radio ad describing an archery dealer in Havelock that featured 14 bow-shooting practice alleys inside the store and promoting itself as a kids’ birthday party … more
The North Carolina state budget, which was passed with bipartisan support, provides crucial investments in our region and across our great state. Yet, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed it simply because it does … more
I grew up in what many would call a sportsman’s paradise, the Ozarks of Missouri. Deer hunters from the big cities would fill the motels in the small river town of Van Buren. During quail hunting … more
God, where are you? The place was the terrace surrounding the North Carolina legislative building. The event, a sleep-out demonstration for the issue of the homeless in our state. The hour, 2 … more
The city council in Berkeley, California, recently voted to banish some gender-specific words from its municipal code and replace them with gender-neutral options. Included among the changes are … more
I don’t know about you, but my strong suit is not having an abundance of patience. All too often in our U.S. culture, we reflect the theme of a current television ad that proclaims, “I want … more
As a kid growing up on hot summer days, not at all unlike our recent hot July record-setters, I enjoyed my mom’s homemade Kool-Aid ice pops. The strawberry flavored ones were my favorite. In my … more
Idioms, words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally, have been covered extensively in this corner over the past several weeks. While it’s been fun, I promise this will be the last … more
“Why does that passage mention water twice?” I thought. Over and over again, I read it, trying to answer my own question: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you … more
Claiming to speak for “we the people,” the framers of the U.S. Constitution offered it as a tool to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the … more
Over and over again, Jesus’ question played itself in my mind, and over and over again my response was the same — Ouch. “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things … more
It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, … more
For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on … more
While listening to a conversation between two people in a local business, recently I overheard the terms “stubborn as a mule” and “blind as a bat,” phrases that most of us, depending on our … more
My Irish Baptist preacher dad had a girlfriend. She was 91 years young and known to all in our Missouri Ozark Baptist church as “Aint Cindy.” Cindy Baker had come from Indiana in a covered … more
It’s become a habit for me, and weirdly enough, my phone even knows it. My handheld device automatically pulls up the website early in the morning, so that all I have to do is roll over and click … more
I’m beginning this column with a quote, the origin of which I will reveal at its conclusion. As you read it, my guess is you will judge it as coming from one of those “fake news” media sources … more
All right, kids, our lesson for today will be devoted to the word “right,” possibly one of the most versatile words in the English language. While the basic definition for “right” as … more
Restoration. When I think of that word, my mind automatically drifts back to the year 1993 — the summer Steve and I got married. We didn’t have a lot of money to furnish our new home in North … more
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