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MLK Observance canceled

The Harnett County Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee, which holds activities in honor of the slain civil rights leader, will cancel its parade and related activities this year due to …

3 arrested in deadly garage shooting

Three people have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Charles Edward Bias in his Bunnlevel garage Tuesday. Courtney Christine Carroll, 31, of Sue Street in Spring Lake, …

Cumberland Health Department launches appointment request process

FAYETTEVILLE – The Cumberland County Department of Public Health now offers residents who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Group 1 (ages 75 years and …
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Help us help you When we undertook our role as healthcare providers, we promised to protect our patients from harm and prevent disease where we could. We are committed to …
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 …
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 …
Editorials
More voices respond to Capitol violence “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol. We …
It’s wrong to cancel debt by decree If you lent someone money to start a business that made big bucks, you would expect to be repaid, right? You took a risk, and the borrower profited. Federal student lending is kind of like that, only …
The meaning of Christmas Christmas means different things to different people. Christmas traditions and customs vary from household to household, from church to church and from country to country. The important thing …
Uneven rules hurt compliance New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo severely limited the number of members who could enter a church or synagogue in color-designated zones, but imposed no such limits on other “essential” …
Columnists
Get the children back in class COVID-19 is raging. More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring; some will not return for the remainder of the school year, …
Katiedid vs. ... NYE diet I, like many, have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Nearly every year, I declare with haughty elitism that I’m above such nonsense. And …
TV for a mental health break After the ugliness last week at the Capitol, we could all use a little escapism in the form of mindless TV. Not that we should lay down our outrage that thugs and lunatics would desecrate this …
President Trump’s  Masada moment There seems to be only one area of common ground in our country today: agreement that something is wrong. But regarding what that “something” is, and what we need to do, there is …
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