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I have friends across the political spectrum. I’m quite certain, for example, that my friend Bill, a lifelong Democrat, will vote for either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren next Tuesday because … more
President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of National Public Radio. When conservative pundit Mark Levin asked, “Why does NPR still exist?” on Twitter last month, Trump retweeted the post, adding … more
Johnston County is a solid Republican county that, I assume, gives President Trump its loyal party support. May I be so bold as to offer an alternative and historic perspective of this mortal human … more
Ben Baker wouldn’t want his daughters to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour at the local library — and as a parent, that’s his prerogative. But if Baker has his way, other parents won’t be able … more
Like it or not, to prevent starvation for ourselves or our families, we all spend time in grocery stores. Regardless of which store or stores you use, how much you spend, what you purchase or how … more
As a Johnston County resident who’s an octogenarian, the quality and efficiency of my health care is vital to my sense of well-being. My guess is this is true of anyone, regardless of age, who is … more
Have you ever just watched people? I have heard people say they go to the mall, or sit on a park bench or visit the beach just to do that very thing — watch people. We think they are tired from … more
Trucks, trucks and more trucks. Anyone who has traveled our nation’s highways, especially its interstates, is fully aware of the vast number of trucks out there today. To get an idea of just … more
A few statements in life really seem to make sense: “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” … more
I have been in this business for nearly 37 years now, and I still cannot predict how a town council will vote, at least not with any certainty. I was surprised, most recently, when the Smithfield … more
In her book “Total Truth,” Nancy Pearcey writes: “When we obey the Cultural Mandate, we participate in the work of God himself, as agents of his common grace, entering upon a lifelong quest to … more
I love the word of God. You can read the same passage for years, then, out of the blue, God speaks and reveals himself in a different way. For instance, I considered myself very familiar with the … more
While meatless burgers might be fine for some, I just don’t think they’re for me. I have never been a fan of meat substitutes of any kind, so I did not get excited when several fast food … more
Some years ago now, the newspaper I worked for thought it best to cover the West Johnston High School graduation because of a threat of violence there. The school system said that was fine so long as … more
I’ve made a decision. Better said, I’ve come to a conclusion. Joy, real joy, has nothing to do with chocolate and my slowly emptying canister of chocolate chips. Joy is a choice, simply a choice. … more
Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
Regardless of age or attention span, we all lose or misplace things, some of us more often than others. I lose things almost daily, like my glasses, cellphone, wallet, car keys and pens, and I … more
Years ago, in a piece for another newspaper, I encouraged the Johnston County Board of Education to pick Todd Sutton for the vacancy created when Larry Strickland won election to the N.C. House of … more
We all occasionally experience those little lucky breaks, like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat we haven’t worn in more than a year, or, in my case, running across a 15-year-old news … more
Yes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, and New Year’s celebrations bring excitement the world around. However, those two holidays combined sometimes hold more emotional upheaval than … more
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