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Columns

  • Walk toward the light, embrace the sunshine

    The forecast calls for more rain this week, but Monday’s beautiful weather was an excellent way to start Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government. As for me, I kicked off the week by giving a very brief presentation during Carolina Shores’ Sunshine Week open house Monday.

  • Community involvement has its rewards — and sometimes glitter

    Martha Babson, Virginia Williamson Elementary School’s parent facilitator, paid me an incredible compliment by inviting me to participate in the school’s Read Across America event featuring Dr. Seuss again.

  • It’s easier to sleep when you’re living a dream

     

  • ONDBEAT: And the winner is ... anyone tuned to anything non-Oscars

    The only people in the universe who couldn’t find out anything about this year’s 87th Academy Awards were the (lucky) few who don’t own a functioning boob tube.

    Because judging by the play-by-play, who-wore-what on the red carpet, this event is The Most Fabulous Celebrity Kiss-Up-Fest To Air On Big Brother Screens Everywhere.

  • Movie magic delivers reality checks
  • New senator makes splash with hand-washing comment

    More than 20 years in journalism, much of it spent as a public safety reporter, has given me a pretty strong constitution. I’ve come upon horrific crime scenes and gory accidents and found myself in truly repulsive environments more times than I care to remember (and will probably never forget). After a few years, I managed to develop a more clinical approach — plus gallows humor — to cope. Today, I’m confident in my odds of winning an old-fashioned juvenile game of “What’s grosser than gross?” based solely on personal experience.

  • Lessons from our great coach will last beyond a lifetime

    The Tar Heel Family knew this day would come soon, but it hurt anyway. Dean Smith, the longtime men’s basketball coach of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Saturday night at 83. It was only slightly less shocking than the news that dementia was robbing our great coach of his sharp memory.

  • Breaking bread connects community

    When was the last time you broke bread with someone? I mean, really broke bread — pulled apart a dense baked ball of dough while dining with another person or group of people? It’s so basic, but there’s something about it that, to me, conveys a true sense of kinship.

  • A direct lesson in dealing with roundabouts

    I understand there is a little bit of controversy with the new, and future, roundabouts in the area.

    As I have heard it, some folks don’t like traveling through it or haven’t gotten the hang of roundabouting, yet.

    There’s good news though. I’m here to help. I have been through this before.

    Once upon a time, eight or nine years ago, I lived and worked much closer to Raleigh, the epicenter of this roundabout outbreak.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.