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This week I have another Christmas treat, only this is a confection made by yours truly.

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On Saturday, I had one of those moments when I thought I had slipped into a time warp.

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I’ve recently sold two cars to two different teachers. And it reinforced something we all know, but don’t think about because it makes us uncomfortable.

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Attending Kerr-Vance Academy from preschool through 12th grade, I was fortunate to grow up in and be educated in an environment where failure to consider my future wasn’t an option.

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Whether or not Mike Houston is a good football coach shouldn’t have been up for debate for East Carolina fans, boosters or pundits. Though it wasn’t at the Division I FBS level, the 50-year-old had been a winner at each one of his previous head coaching stops: Division II Lenoir-Rhyne Univer…

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I think this week, we should all bow our heads and say a word of profound, humble thanks to our partner on this journey, euphemistically called, human history.

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Last month U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled that UNC Chapel Hill does not discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants when it factors race in its undergraduate admissions process.

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Due to the nature of the races, I was informed that last Tuesday wasn’t the best time for me to grasp the true essence of a Vance County election. But maybe it actually was.

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This week, Gentle Reader, I have an exercise for you.

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On three occasions in one month on the job at The Dispatch, I’ve been asked either to send or receive faxes.

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Could the legendary president of the University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham, have helped Joe Biden last week get an agreement among the warring factions of the Democratic Party?

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Those of us that occasionally take sports too seriously ought to be required to experience, or revisit, athletic events like the Tri-City Seahawks’ Homecoming Saturday at Vance County Middle School.

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It is October on the Outer Banks. A late hurricane is threatening to wash away the beaches and blow down the old wooden houses that have been family treasures for generations. The Boston Red Sox are struggling to make the playoffs.

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Sometime during the night of Aug. 16, 1952, a small town disappeared from the face of the earth.

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I can’t remember exactly the year, but I know it was either 1999 or 2000 when my dad took me to see a Warren County at Northern Vance regular-season football game.

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Can Shakespeare’s Macbeth help us deal with President Biden’s decision to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan and do it quickly?

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The latest news about North Carolina transportation was no surprise. In a pattern all too familiar, our leaders have planned for and promised more highway projects than can be financed with current revenue sources.

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It’s hard to pinpoint the most maddening thing about the rushed, convoluted and opaque redistricting process that North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have been running in recent weeks, but there are several leading contenders.

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Twice last week, my reporting duties took me to the vicinity of the venerable Henderson fire station and clocktower on North Garnett Street. I’d say that’s perfect timing for the inaugural edition of this column, which I have dubbed “Clockwork.”

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The United States of America will celebrate its 250th anniversary as a free and democratic republic in less than five years on July 4, 2026.

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When we first read Wiley Cash’s debut novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” we knew he had the potential to be an important North Carolina writer.

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It’s mere weeks from Halloween, so I thought I would try something different.

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There is nothing new about the idea that blood runs thick in politics. The list of prominent American political figures and families who have championed and facilitated the political careers of children, spouses, siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws and the like is a long one.

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I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk.

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When Julian Pleasants died on Sept. 7, North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians.

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September, to me, is the airplane that takes me to Disneyland, the dinner of beef stew that leads to the dessert of cake, or the socks that go on under a beautiful new pair of boots.

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When North Carolinians are free to trade with whomever they choose, be it South Carolinians or South Koreans, some local businesses may lose sales. The case for markets isn’t based on promises of cost-free benefits or perfect outcomes. No such promises could ever be honored in the real world.

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Debbie Matthews is on vacation this week. Her column will return on Sept. 14.

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Before Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he wrote his own epitaph. Did he mention any of his political offices? No. Jefferson wanted only three accomplishments listed on his gravestone: author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and author of the Virginia …

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“Why do you pick on Republicans so much? Don’t you know it was the Democrats who were the authors of Jim Crow?”

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What should we say to each other about Sept. 11, 2001, now that 20 years have gone by since the awful day and our troops are leaving Afghanistan? In searching for an answer, I found the column I wrote back then. And I want to share it again as I have done every five years.

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When I was a little kid, I used to love Gidget movies. I was the cool surfer girl who didn’t know she was gorgeous, bewitched all the guys, had an amazing wardrobe and never wore the same outfit twice.

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I’ve long thought the North Carolina General Assembly should reform our state’s archaic and anti-competitive requirement for certificates-of-need. In the post-COVID world we are entering, however, reform is no longer just a good idea. It’s an imperative.