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To all the fine Southern citizens who have historically been registered as Democrats and have been abandoned by their urban national party of various victimhoods, apologies are hereby rendered. It is well known that historically you have been fine people of a generally conservative bent. Thi…

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I’m trying to organize my thoughts concerning the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis and the explosion of cases in his wake.

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The brutal killings of our black brothers and sisters have been overwhelming. Every day we are expected to turn a blind eye and put on our “professional” faces when we are breaking inside. We are tired and angry. We are upset that people are more outraged at protests than the killing of unar…

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No doubt you have noticed “Thank you Jesus” signs all around. Do you wonder exactly why the sign is in someone’s yard? What is the “Thank you” for?

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I have verified and fact-checked all of Trump’s claims. I didn’t just take him at his word but took the time to research what he has said. Overwhelmingly, he has flat-out lied to all Americans about his history, accomplishments, and most everything regarding the Office of the President.

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This will be a memorable year for many reasons, several of which we would rather forget. Fittingly, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the YMCA in our community. Although challenged by the COVID-19 shutdown, the YMCA continues to serve our community and is taking steps to secure its ability …

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The Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina has been an anchor in its community, one of the poorest rural areas of the state, for decades. The club provides after-school enrichment for children — or rather it did, until schools closed in March. Nearly overnight, its platform coll…

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With the degree of animosity and disdain for reasoned debate that we see within our political class, it is small wonder that those everyday citizens, who disagree about political matters, have difficulty finding the ability to remain calm as they discuss issues with those with whom they disa…

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America has a great opportunity at this time for racial healing and racial reconciliation with Black Americans. Never before has America seen the vitriol in the Black community toward police officers and racism. The killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25 in the middle of the day by a…

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I am pleased that my friend and former colleague on the Vance County Board of Commissioners, Mr. Terry E. Garrison, is seeking re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives District 32 seat. I believe the citizens of Vance, Warren and northern Granville Counties have been well s…

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I was 16 years old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother, on a dark road, on our way to pick up my father from his second-shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a trumped-up traffic violation.

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For the past several months, Maria Parham Health has been facing the impact of COVID-19 with our community. We have built upon our robust emergency operations plan that we have in place year-round by updating policies, implementing new protocol, educating our staff, and working with our comm…

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On June 21 of this year, Americans will celebrate Father’s Day. It is a time to honor our fathers and thank them for being a vital part of our lives.

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I am much bothered by the chorus of voices that seem to be so upset by the violence, fires, and looting that has accompanied the protest movements of the past weeks. There is a refrain that asserts that “they have a right to protest, but they should do it peacefully.”

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It has been a true honor to have known and worked with Andrea Harris all my life. I met Andrea in kindergarten, which was the only one in our town for blacks. We grew up in segregation when the world was black and white and when blacks in particular were expected to stay in their place.

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But Jesus said unto them “A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, among his own kin, and in his own house.” This verse from the book of Mark asks us to look deeper at those who walk among us and to rethink whether we have given sufficient honor to those we see every day for t…

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On Thursday, May 20, 2020, we lost a giant of a person, a great leader housed in small stature who demonstrated her love for her community through service.

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“Anxiety is an inevitable part of life,” so wrote a minster friend who left us much too early. He also challenged me to rethink the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “Do not be anxious...” (or worried).

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No one wants to hear more unpleasant news in the wake of the coronavirus. This pandemic has had a devastating effect on all Americans. It has wrecked our economy, and our health system is near a breaking point. Confusion concerning social distancing and stay-at-home orders from the federal g…

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Easter Sunday has come and is behind us. Most years we clergy are trying to catch our breath and recover from the sprint we engage leading up to Easter Sunday. May I confess? Most pastors dread worship the Sunday following Easter. Yes, we do. We know that the throngs that assembled on Easter…

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As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for Maria Parham Health. We have always striven to be a place where you choose to come for health care, and we take our responsibility as a community leader very seriously. As our…

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“Politics and books don’t mix well. You need to decide which one you’re going to write about and stick to it.”

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Many of us near the end of a calendar year take inventory of our lives to access our present condition. We are thankful for our success during prior years and vow to avoid future failures. We also make resolutions hoping to start the new year on good footing.

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The death of Sen. John McCain has elicited an enormous amount of commentary about the differences between the former Navy pilot and POW and the current president of the United States, who received five draft deferments, one of them for "bone spurs," and who once remarked that avoiding gettin…

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RALEIGH — As elementary and secondary schools open their doors across North Carolina for the 2018-19 academic year, the cumulative effects of some 20 years of school-choice initiatives are impossible to miss.

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When I moved to Raleigh, I had to change my Friday night ritual. I was no longer able to follow Vance High football because of my work schedule, so I visited Millbrook. When I walked to the field for my first game there, a cheerleader came up to me, a young lady named Kristi Baker. “Hi, I’m …

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It’s hard to believe, but summer unofficially comes to an end when school buses rumble onto the roads Monday morning, delivering students back to class across much of the Tri-County.