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Watch for side effects of COVID ‘cures’

You’ve seen the drug commercials. They often show older affluent adults riding around in convertibles, or on bicycles, or on horseback. Maybe walking on a beach. Or playing with grandchildren. …

GOP future depends on more voter diversity

Big questions remain about what exactly happened in the 2020 election. I’ve been looking over history, compiled on the Statista website, of total votes cast in presidential elections …

Discrimination and prejudice

Some of the confusion in thinking about matters of race stems from the ambiguity in the terms that we use. I am going to take a stab at suggesting operational definitions for a couple terms in our …

Katiedid vs. ... Traditions

We’re about to celebrate the oh-so-American holidays of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This year, my family and I will be celebrating both holidays from an RV. Because of our limited space, I …

An attitude of gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving week and, boy, aren’t we in need of some positivity this season? On any typical year, an estimated 50 million Americans would ordinarily travel an average of 50 …

What to expect last month of 2020?

North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go let’s look at what to expect. Our COVID-weary people are starving for some good news, good …
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Public works location needs change

To the editor: As a citizen who lives in the so-called “low income minority community” of east Dunn, I’m writing about the correction of a mistake made over 100 years ago. That …
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Surveys point to more talk on politics in schools

To the editor: I am a student at Triton High School sending a letter for a school civics project regarding incorporating more politics inside of the school system instead of somewhat hiding …

Keeping roads safe this Halloween

To the editor: Impaired driving kills. Last year, North Carolina lost 35 people during the week of Halloween, and nine of those deaths were caused by impaired drivers who were drunk, high or …

Scouts explore women’s suffrage in NC

To the editor: On Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, we, the Girl Scouts of Daisy Troop 370 and Brownie Troop 738, learned about Women’s Suffrage and the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to …
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Benson knows county’s great resources

To the editor: Many people in our state consider Harnett County to be just a large rural county “down east.” How many rural counties have a state park, a battlefield museum, a …
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A parent’s perspective

After the first two days of school, I believe it is important for county leaders to hear a parent’s perspective of how things are so far...
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On the governor’s newest orders... North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state will stay in Phase 2 for three more weeks in the shadow of growing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on Wednesday. The “Safer At Home” phase of …
Sounding off on the Republican National Convention's potential move North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took a no-nonsense, almost rigid stance when asked about recent comments from President Donald Trump threatening to move August’s Republican National Convention away …
Sound off During a news conference Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper did not provide definitive answers about whether North Carolina would enter Phase Two of his reopening plan this weekend. The state has been under a …
Sound off This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have died in defense of our liberties. Following is a list of area people who have made that sacrifice. Let’s always …
Sound off Sen. Phil Berger challenged Gov. Roy Cooper to give counties the discretion to reopen barber and beauty shops amid the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of Wednesday 25 states, including …
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