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As they heaped praise on the Black Lives Matter movement, America’s big-city mayors were actively working to undermine it with harsh curfews that cut marches and rallies short. Minneapolis … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online opinion article … more
The azaleas were in peak bloom. Bright-pink flowers covered the front porch and hung over the sidewalk, filling the area with the scent of spring. It was a beautiful sight. It wasn’t long, … more
In a recent letter to the editor, the contributor wrote, “Contrary to some people’s views, we cannot do better than Trump.” As a student of U.S. history and one who taught U.S. history in an … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online … more
Everyday Grace Everything’s changing, or threatening to change, isn’t it? I often hear that the economy is crashing. Businesses are closing every day because they have been able to make … more
Gone, baby, gone. Did Trump lose me or did I lose Trump? It’s almost a Dickensian question of conscience in today’s political environment. In my heart of hearts, I am a Republican. But that … more
It took a hard-boiled Minneapolis cop nearly nine minutes to end George Floyd’s life. But it took three other officers’ silence to let it happen. Derek Chauvin, the veteran former … more
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
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