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When in a building other than my home or office, I wear a mask. And not just because Gov. Roy Cooper told me I had to. (His edict is unenforceable, so I wonder why he made it.) Instead, I’m a … more
Years ago, I couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t help it. I’d been sitting in my bright-red Georgia stadium chair, wincing and flinching at every move, every drill, every exercise. My poor … more
Regarding COVID-19: Leaders are important. Truth is necessary. Trust is basic. During a worldwide pandemic, clear, understandable and actionable health communication based on facts and delivered … more
Jonathan Ballew lifted his press credential above his head like a shield. It offered no protection when a Chicago police officer in riot gear blasted him with a stream of pepper spray that clouded … more
When it comes to the cliché “ignorance is bliss,” that attitude can be dangerous, even lethal, in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no vaccine for ignorance or stupidity. Long … more
Thud, thud, thud. Over and over again. The sound echoed throughout the living room. I had heard this a few times over the past couple of days, and then my husband shed some light on the … more
Without accusing him of a crime, police took Robert Reeves’ car, his two cellphones and all the cash in his wallet. The Detroit father of five had just visited a work site to interview for a … more
Without accusing him of a crime, police took Robert Reeves’ car, his two cellphones and all the cash in his wallet. The Detroit father of five had just visited a work site to interview for a … more
Recently, I had “the talk” with my four children, two sons and two daughters. For Black families, “the talk” is not about the birds and the bees. The talk is about what to do when you … more
My curiosity piqued as I sat waiting to hear the story behind why my husband — the most laid-back of all the Kirk boys — was the one that had to be “leashed” at times as a child. Upon hearing … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
A song on the playlist sent me back 35 years at least. I was transported in my mind back to the living room of my best friend’s home. I was doing my best to impress the judges — my two best … more
Once again, a North Carolina leader is under fire for responding to a “Black Lives Matter” inquiry with the “All Lives Matter” retort. After being asked to allow a “Black Lives Matter” … more
Our communities are suffering great losses — lost graduation celebrations, lost jobs and, most painful of all, lost loved ones. We are grieving together, and I am so proud of the way my community … more
An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, … more
In the Old Testament story, the character of Cain, having murdered his brother, Abel, answers God in a sarcastic tone, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The three major world religions — … more
Police stormed Breonna Taylor’s apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood. The Louisville … more
In a country such as ours, good government has to start at the bottom and work its way up. If we look from the top down, we will always find disappointment. The last quarter-century of American … more
Dealing with a disease or other health condition is no fun. Lots of unknowns are involved, lots of stress, pain, even fear. As I sat and watched the powerful new series, “The Chosen,” … more
The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly affect the logistics of how we cast our votes in the November elections. I have little doubt Johnston County will see a surge in requests for mail-in … more
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