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When being a mom breaks your heart

Being a mom is always hard, but there is something uniquely challenging about parenting an adolescent. For me, it felt like my 12-year-old morphed into a young man overnight. Within one calendar year, he grew six inches and three shoe sizes. I watched his pants grow shorter each day like he was a superhero molting into a larger, more powerful form. Suddenly his voice was deeper, and I found myself grasping for his little boy octave, the one without the baritone sound and crackly inflection.   

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Cartoon, Oct. 20, 2021

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Does American history deserve a ‘content warning?’
 

Does American history deserve a ‘content warning?’

To the Editor:

My first impression was that the letter writer’s claim (SMN, Oct. 6) was just the latest bit of alarmist fake news spinning off the internet: that the National Archives was now attaching a “warning” to our treasured foundational documents that are entrusted to their care. As it turns out, even though the letter writer got almost nothing right, my favorite go-to debunking source snopes.com, labels the basic story as “Mostly true.” The problem is (as usual) that this item bounced around as a meme on social media, in the process getting twisted, almost beyond recognition, into some nefarious attack on our basic freedoms.

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Why ask Cawthorn to speak to police?
 

Why ask Cawthorn to speak to police?

To the Editor:

The Macon County Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police had Rep. Madison Cawthorn as the guest speaker Friday for the Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Franklin’s Town Square. It was a bit ironic.

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This place is changing
 

This place is changing

To the Editor:

This past year plus has been challenging for us all due to a nasty global virus. It has caused multiple catastrophic problems affecting our personal life along with the global economy. While we are far from a full recovery yet, many of our businesses have successfully reinvented themselves and others sadly have not. Hundreds of new businesses are thriving the old-fashioned way due to innovation and new ideas.  

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