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Reawakening Rip and restarting the dynamo

At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the “Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine. Right now we are …

Cooper isn’t addressing urgent needs

RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. …

Memorial Day is personal

In the midst of one of the most active news cycles in many of our lifetimes, there is a danger we will forget one of the most important holidays on the calendar. In all the talk about pandemics, …

Rotten education isn’t preordained

Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black …

George Orwell’s 2020

This past weekend the need to taste the sweet smell of freedom finally got the best of the Parker family as we traveled out of state to enjoy a sit down meal inside a restaurant, some in-person …

COVID-19 to elections 2020

With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020. Let’s recall that prior to the crisis, …
Letters to the editor

Be safe and stay home

To the editor: I write this sitting in the living room of my mother’s house in Statesville some 170 miles away. I came here March 13 as mom lay dying in the hospital. By the time my family had …

Expansion needed for mental health care services

To the editor: As a registered nurse, I am writing to voice my concerns about the mental health care shortage in North Carolina as related to the coronavirus crises. With the coronavirus …

RECORD FORUM

Give the ‘gift of life’ on Jan. 8 To the editor: Let me introduce you to my husband, Jonny. He was a husband, father, brother, Christian, friend, farmer, mechanic and Harley rider who …

Be thankful for this country

To the editor: The beauty of the flag of the United States of America, and of the meaning of the pledge of the United States of America is something we the people of this great United States of …

Hunters can help change lives

To the editor: North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this …

Two additional pilots remembered

To the Editor: Enjoyed reading the article “Airports in Dunn, 100 years ago” [“Into the Past” Dunn Area History Museum column, Sept. 24]. I was familiar with some of the locations and two …
Sound off
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 …
Sound off Thanks for gravel I am so thankful that they fixed the gravel on the Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail. The new finer rocks are much better for walking and don’t hurt my feet like the bigger rocks used to …
Sound off How can you afford to hoard? If the people are losing their jobs and filing unemployment, then where are they getting money to hoard the groceries and everything from the grocery stores? …
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