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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
It was a phone call no son or daughter wants to receive. It was my mother telling me she had just discovered Dad deceased in his bed on an early spring morning. That was the beginning of my … more
In this crazy world we live in, what is it a believer truly desires more than anything else? What is it our heart longs for and seeks after when things are reeling with uncertainty and insecurity … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
The outbreak of COVID-19 has abruptly changed every aspect of our lives. Individuals across our community are trying to find a new “normal.” But let’s be honest, how can we return … more
Regardless of who they are or where they live, pretty much everyone on earth will feel the effects of COVD-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Moreover, despite the educated guesses of … more
Fearing persecution from the Roman Empire, early Christians huddled together in private homes to pray and study the Scriptures. Nearly two centuries later, the coronavirus pandemic and its sweeping … more
The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary … more
In a recent post to her blog,, Valarie Kaur wrote: “The blistering pace of the pandemic, the cacophony of commentary, the relentless barrage of breaking news without rest … more
What would you think if I arrived for lunch at the fanciest restaurant in town dressed in wrinkled clothes, sporting disheveled hair, wearing two different colored shoes and smiling sweetly with corn … more
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation’s highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder. Supreme Court justices decided last … more
The sports world avoided the coronavirus until it no longer could. As of March 11, sports schedules nationwide were on go even as the virus found its way to this country. That schedule included … more
I’m not sure what to make of the coronavirus, which some folks prefer to call COVID-19. On the one hand, it’s tempting to think we’d all be safe from infection if we coughed into the crook … more
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