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If not for COVID-19 hundreds of Johnston County high school seniors would have received their diplomas this past Friday. They would have done so amid pomp and circumstance, with proud, and sometimes … more
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 … more
Social distancing and stay-at-home precautions have “flattened the curve” and saved countless lives. The unfortunate side effect, however, has been a massive slowdown in the economy, with the … more
I can just see it. Jesus is with his disciples, sitting on the mountainside. He’s teaching them, laughing with them, smiling sweetly at their innocence and wonder, enjoying their friendship. … more
Until last week, I had given Gov. Roy Cooper the benefit of the doubt. True, I think locking down much of North Carolina’s economy will prove a cure worse than the disease that is COVID-19. But … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
I have heard and used the word “unprecedented” more in the past 40 days than in the past 40-something years. But no other word better describes what is happening. We have been under a … more
Here are some things that have occurred to me during the coronavirus pandemic. A remote meeting is only as good as the technology behind it, and on that score, Johnston County’s many elected and … more
What an invitation, what a privilege, what a joy and honor to be invited into the place where the Lord dwells. Why would we ever choose to decline? Why would we ever choose anything other than to run … more
It’s equally true in politics and firefighting: The smoke can kill you quicker than the flames. Whether or not Sen. Richard Burr faces insider trading charges, and whether or not he’s … more
I’ve read this verse many times before: “His blood be on us and on our children,” (Matthew 27:25). This morning was one of those mornings. One of those mornings when I wake up, wander … more
The rapidly expanding scope of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the ultimate stress test on our country’s institutions. While doing so, the contagion continues to expose the strengths and weaknesses … more
When it comes to freedom of speech, Generation Z is like a chemistry student who aces the written test but flunks the lab experiment. Students support First Amendment rights in theory but often … more
I am struggling mightily with Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order. In my job as a reporter for the Johnstonian News, I have talked with many business owners about the impact the order is having … more
I am a reporter covering the COVID-19 pandemic, but it never occurred to me that I would be among those getting tested for the virus. I recently interviewed a COVID-19 patient who had recovered … more
If you are like me, your email has been flooded lately with stories about COVID-19. Most articles use faceless data like unemployment figures, infection rates and economic losses to paint a sobering … more
I didn’t get up this morning thinking about how I could “provoke” someone. However, after receiving a text from a dear friend, it’s at the forefront of my thoughts. The text was a link to … more
The racist TikTok video that roiled a Georgia high school could have been a teachable moment. But administrators chose excommunication over education. Carrollton City Schools swiftly expelled two … more
As believers in Christ, we could say we are Easter people all year round. That means Easter doesn’t have to end just because the day is over and you have eaten the last Cadbury egg. But how can we … more
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is fundamental to freedom from a tyrannical government. Among other things, the amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting ... the right of … more
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