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It’s not my grandfather’s world any more where personal values were formed in a disciplined family structure headed by a father and guided by mom with a quiet grasp of the real world. Children were “seen and not heard” and misdeeds meant punishment. It was an era of respect and emotional control with a defined […]

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I have a warm spot in my heart for Syracuse University which recently lost to North Carolina in the semi-final round of the NCAA basketball tournament. My affection has nothing to do with basketball–but it is generated by a brief encounter many years ago with a very special human being. It is late December, 1961 […]

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At a time when millions of baseball fans are getting antsy for another season and collegiate hoopsters are coming down to the wire in the NCAA tournament, there’s quite a show of athleticism and determination continuing to unfold in the National Basketball Association. The spotlight has been riveted for months on the Warriors of Golden […]

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UNITED by Cory Booker

By Don Delauter, in Book Reviews

Cory Booker currently is the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey. This is his third position in an expanding political career that started with a stint on the Newark, NJ city council and continued with two terms as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. He documents his personal and political advancement (growth) in his new […]

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Last December, I played the role of Christmas Grinch when I posted a damning story about the constant security failures of our Transportation Security Administration and its failed airport screening program. Well, I’m not through with airport safety. This time it concerns the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Traffic Controllers. The FAA currently is facing […]

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Most everyone has heard of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. This basically says that biology evolves through a process of natural selection. In his new book, The Evolution of Everything, Matt Ridley discusses the idea that the general theory of evolution applies to every other development on Planet Earth. Ridley is a British […]

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What if I were to tell you that a leading candidate for the Texas State School Board is so off-the-wall that she firmly believes that “President Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs. He […]

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When I was growing up, if my dad had to explain something to someone, he would say, “Let me tell you how the cow ate the cabbage”. So, I’m going to tell you how the cow is going to eat the cabbage, unless Republican voters wise up and use their vote for the good of […]

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Over and over again the American people have rejected the President’s goal to close the offshore detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The detention camp is a United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on land that has been leased by this country since 1898. The detainees are individuals captured on foreign […]

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The Sudden Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has added a new test of wills between the progressive goals of President Barack Obama and conservative leaders in the U.S. Congress. The President is supported by his Democrat allies in Congress, an outspoken liberal media and organized street demonstrators as he ignores the national scorecard […]

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“The silence was excruciating, the minutes ticking by thick and heavy, time itself gorging on the tension in the humid air.” Sound mysterious and dramatic? This is the opening sentence in Ben Mezrich’s, Once Upon a Time in Russia. Believe it or not, this book is fact, not fiction. It is about a powerful group […]

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The Bard in the Bleachers

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

The sequence of events for me in post-war America went smoothly: discharge, 52-20, a job. For those who knew and had forgotten, and for those who never knew, 52-20 was the homecoming serviceman’s head start back into civilian life. They called it the “52-20 Club;” those figures merely indicated that the ex-soldier-sailor-marine would get $20.00 […]

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Dear Commissioner Manfred: Inasmuch as this is Black History Month, I felt it was an appropriate time to make one more effort to convince you that the time is long past due for MLB to bite the bullet and shed the cloak of hypocrisy it wears in respect to Jackie Robinson. Yes, I know that […]

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Fox News and TV mega-host Bill O’Reilly likes to remind his guests that he is “a simple man.” The phrase brings an overly complicated discussion about some obscure matter back to the reality of time, place and a ranking in world history. I especially like to watch the change in the tone of the debate […]

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A Passage from India

By Dr. Mark Evans, in History

In an age of celebrity journalists who engage in shameless self-promotion, it is important to remember that there once were journalists who thought that facts, not ego, should be the basis of the stories they wrote. Such a man was Mohsin Ali, O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire), for many years the Diplomatic Editor of […]

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Peggy Noonan is a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal who shows her preference for free markets, conservative life style and social discipline in her books and in her appearances on television talk shows. The writer’s style is straight forward and unapologetic. Noonan’s audience is divided, like the country, along ideological lines. She hit […]

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No historically important and influential figure in the history of the United States is as endlessly fascinating as Abraham Lincoln. Thus, it should come as no surprise that yet another Lincoln book has been published. This one, titled Founders’ Son, A life of Abraham Lincoln, is by noted historian and senior writer at National Review, […]

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People attend professional sporting events to witness good, spirited competition, but that’s not to say it always turns out that way! Case in point: Last Wednesday night in Canada where the NHL’s Calgary Flames were playing host to the Nashville Predators. The Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, during the course of the second period, had taken […]

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A Homer Stretch Redux

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

Some years ago, on this site, I wrote about a comic book that I created and subsequently had published; it featured a retired race horse named Homer Stretch. Many of you had read it; more of you, I suspect, had not. At this point, I beg the indulgence of the former group as I summarize […]

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The latest book from well-known writer and journalist Joe Klein is Charlie Mike. This unusual title comes from the military phonetic alphabet for the letters C and M. In military parlance CM (i.e. Charlie Mike) means “Continue the Mission.” Klein states that, “This book would never have happened if I hadn’t seen the wars in […]

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At first it was called the “concept” school and it was born to address severe overcapacity problems at two of Moore County’s (North Carolina) three high schools. As the idea was bombarded with creative reasoning, the project was refined and formalized. Today the project is the 800 student Advanced Career Center that is planned to […]

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I am writing this article to introduce some readers to Dr. Robert J. Grimesey, Moore County, North Carolina Superintendent of Schools. Locals know Dr. Bob well and are observing his expertise up close and personal. Before people surrender to the bureaucrats it is important to talk about a spontaneous citizen action that ended well. Just […]

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Enough already with the inordinate amount of media time and space devoted to the braying and “kvetching” of Donald Trump. It’s time for the reporters, columnists, editorialists and other molders of public opinion to relentlessly pursue a growing threat to American lives and security that cries out for action instead of excuses and calls for […]

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Cartoonist Day

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

I honestly do not know how many young people there are today alone in their kitchens busily at work creating cartoons. Of course, aside from their concentration on the piece of blank paper before them are also visions of untold riches that they certainly know—or, at least, hope–will be the rewards for their picture-making. Lots […]

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Historically, foreign heads of state rarely, if ever, get personally involved in U.S. presidential elections, deeming such interference “inappropriate” and “undiplomatic.” That is why the recent remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he praised Donald Trump come as a shock and are being viewed by many as thinly veiled endorsement. “He’s a really […]

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“Thanks for the Memory” (1938) is a popular song, with music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin. It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. It was 1931, and the United States was in […]

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Let there be no doubt that everyone’s professional career must begin somewhere, but pinpointing the end of the road is not so easy, because some individuals are not interested in abandoning their work. I have a few friends like that, and one of them, ABC Radio’s Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl, is marking his 60th anniversary […]

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Between now and the primary elections in March 2016, it is important that North Carolina voters have an opportunity to hear and think about Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal to borrow $2,000,000,000 for capital projects identified in Session Law 2015-280. It is equally important that Moore County voters have a similar opportunity to make a judgement […]

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CAMELOT

By JD Zumwalt, in Local Life

This would be a much better story if I could start by telling you that the two ladies involved were remarkable and quite extraordinary. The truth is that when I met them they seemed to be two ordinary ladies who (At the risk of sounding like the beginning of a movie) had a dream and […]

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