Raising boys against the grain

Good girls are raised to be quiet, dainty and accommodating. Real boys are raised to be competitive, successful and tough.…
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Commissioner Pless acting like a third-rate politician

To the Editor: When it comes to the internet, I am the first to proclaim myself as a troll. Although…
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We can atone for our sins

To the Editor: Donald Trump talks about making America great again. But he ignores two sins that haunt America. Those…
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Moe Davis best option for 11th District

To the Editor: Don’t know who to vote for yet on Nov. 3 for Rep. Mark Meadows’ vacant U.S. House…
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Inequality comes in many flavors

To the Editor: Inequality plays out in all aspects of American life. For the past few weeks we have been…
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Graduates, you’ll miss this place we call home

By Liam McLeod • Guest Columnist | To the high school Class of 2020, congratulations! There is nothing more exciting than completing…
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Language has changed but racism remains

Though we are as divided as we have ever been as a country, the one thing we seemed to be…
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Bill of Rights born in June
 

Bill of Rights born in June

To the Editor: On June 8, 1789, James Madison (who is considered by many historians to be the Father of…
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Local authority paramount
 

Local authority paramount

To the Editor: Gentlemen, I understand that you voted to allow bars to open with restrictions which apparently surpasses the…
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Justice for all? Hopefully, one day in the future

When I saw the video of the mostly young crowd marching Monday night in Waynesville to protest the killing of…
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Celebrating a pivotal year

Many are focused on graduations right now. Amidst the pandemic and nationwide protesting, we’re trying to help our young people…
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Local customers are much appreciated
 

Local customers are much appreciated

To the Editor: We would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to serve you and say thank you…
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The making of a cluster outbreak
 

The making of a cluster outbreak

To the Editor: Donald Trump doesn’t want to wear a face mask. He feels he looks ridiculous in one. Donald…
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Trump makes us the laughingstock
 

Trump makes us the laughingstock

To the Editor: Did you know there is a group of essential workers who will not be getting a stimulus…
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Let’s enable police to do it right
 

Let’s enable police to do it right

To the Editor: On Monday, May 25, George Floyd of Minneapolis was the latest victim of wrongful police killings. May…
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What a ride: Born after 9/11, graduating during the pandemic

By Molly Boothroyd • Guest Columnist | Who would have thought the year 2020 could be so negative, life-changing but…
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The oh-so-sweet sound of bat and baseball

When our son, Jack, joined the high school marching band, he promptly announced his official retirement from baseball, unceremoniously closing…
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We need Moe Davis in Congress
 

We need Moe Davis in Congress

To the Editor: The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed many societal issues in our country — inadequate healthcare, the ever-widening…
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Vigilante justice can’t be tolerated
 

Vigilante justice can’t be tolerated

To the Editor: On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was jogging in a residential Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood,…
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Cherokee show greed toward other tribes
 

Cherokee show greed toward other tribes

To the Editor: The entire article on the Cherokee suing over the Catawba casino proves that the only reason for…
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We’ve been here before … sort of

It’s funny how you can hear a story your entire life but don’t see its relevance until it smacks you…
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A powerful need to help those in need

National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 17-23, and in the midst of a global pandemic the timing resonates more…
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AR-15 useless against this virus
 

AR-15 useless against this virus

To the Editor: I see these folks protesting, yelling and carrying weapons, as if a gun is an argument that…
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I prefer to be a live jerk
 

I prefer to be a live jerk

To the Editor: Come on guys, your MAGA hats won’t make me sick. Your bumper stickers can’t hurt me. Your…
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What we do to survive, and why

It seems every time I sit down to write these days, it has something to do with journalism and the…
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Time to re-ignite national service programs

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist | COVID-19 has given me the opportunity to sit and think. Not just daydream. I…
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Take action now to protect voting
 

Take action now to protect voting

To the Editor: Long lines, limited polling place hours, inconvenient polling locations, not getting time off work and the COVID-19…
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America should open up
 

America should open up

To the Editor: Some people call it common sense, others call it critical thinking or logic, and it is so…
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Let’s help stop the spread
 

Let’s help stop the spread

To the Editor: I am not writing about a political issue but a health issue. I am a senior citizen…
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Look for the best in this new normal

By Nick Breedlove • Guest Columnist | Every May we commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) to celebrate the…
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A heavy heart on Mother’s Day

It’s been said that when a cardinal appears in your yard it’s a visitor from heaven. I’ve been spending a…
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Fantasy abounds at Haywood meeting
 

Fantasy abounds at Haywood meeting

To the Editor: In his book, FantasyLand: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, Kurt Andersen discusses the “strange, post-factual,…
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Leadership in the age of Pandemics 
 

Leadership in the age of Pandemics 

To the Editor: About 58,000 American men and women died in the Vietnam war over a period of 20 years.…
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Trump ignorance a lethal problem
 

Trump ignorance a lethal problem

To the Editor: According to White House staff, since this past January Trump blew off — refused to read, as…
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In a crisis, ordinary people turn heroic

By Bob Scott • Guest Columnist | At 5:30 this morning I was staring at the ceiling. I doubt that I was…
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Caring for our own is what matters

By Catherine Sawyer • Guest Columnist | When I think of the stereotypes against Appalachia, what comes to mind is…
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Good thing ACA remains intact
 

Good thing ACA remains intact

To the Editor: In spite of the Trump administration’s current litigations to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA),…
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Trump not worthy to be commander-in-chief
 

Trump not worthy to be commander-in-chief

To the Editor: One of my favorite books is the King James Bible (1611). Excellent advice. In the 1950s, my…
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Time to dump the fake president
 

Time to dump the fake president

To the Editor: Enough is enough. How much longer are Americans willing to tolerate this sad excuse of a president?…
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Trump talk is a really bad joke
 

Trump talk is a really bad joke

To the Editor: Anyone with half a brain knows that Trump was making a sarcastic joke when he suggested that…
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Trump eyes Medicare, Social Security cuts
 

Trump eyes Medicare, Social Security cuts

To the Editor: Lately. through observing the news media, I have seen mass support for gun ownership and confirmation of…
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Let’s open the Parkway
 

Let’s open the Parkway

To the Editor: Despite the social distancing, wearing masks, stay at home orders, and all of the CDC stats and…
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UNC-Charlotte remembers Riley Howell, shooting victims
 

UNC-Charlotte remembers Riley Howell, shooting victims

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. As a city, a nation, and a…
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Lost health insurance during COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of jobs, income and health insurance coverage for millions. Some life changes,…
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Firefighters respond to two Graham County fires

Firefighters responded to two wildfires late April 14 near Fontana Lake in Graham County. Both fires are burning on U.S.…
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Cocooning just isn’t easy for some

If you haven’t noticed, the boomers are having a hard time staying home during this pandemic. Doing nothing and performing…
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