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September 23, 2017 - 8 minutes ago

We took a cross-country trip recently and while visiting South Dakota we went to Mount Rushmore. As I looked at the sculptures carved into the granite mass, I was reminded of imperfect men who have had the privilege of being president of the United States.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,…

September 23, 2017 - 8 minutes ago

I’d like to offer you two models of human development.

The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized…

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September 23, 2017 - 8 minutes ago

A good number of people like to live just out beyond the city limits.

They like the things a city has to offer, but they don't like city taxes or the city meddling in their affairs. They figure it is the best of both worlds.

I've heard it described as country living and city convenience.

If…

September 22, 2017

As citizens of this great country we have certain rights, but with those rights come responsibilities to be active in positive change. Voting is a cornerstone of those responsibilities.

We have all heard the “politics doesn’t affect me” phrase used as an excuse not…

September 22, 2017

You may remember that in a column some few years ago I promised my wife I would not bring up the “H” word before hunting season actually begins. Well, this one is not my fault.

If only she had not said to me early Tuesday morning “Quick, look out the window; there is a turkey in…

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September 22, 2017

I just wanted to leave a big thank you to Mr. Lagrange for his Letter to the Editor that was published Sept. 6

It was a very good letter and I just want him to know that I don't know him, but I would like him to know it is very much appreciated.

September 21, 2017

I’m an awards-show geek who usually spends the morning after the Emmys or Oscars nattering about who was unjustly robbed, who was unwisely dressed and whether it’s a felony in Hollywood to consume more than 300 calories a meal, because it sure looks that way.

But that’s not my…

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September 21, 2017

As I sit here and continue to watch the coverage of the flooding, I see neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger and I realize that people are quite genuine to one another. I see that people do really love their neighbor, regardless of their skin color, sexual preference, or their faith.…

September 21, 2017

The economy is heating up, but gas is still stubbornly cheap.

Gas should be $4-$5 per gallon but it is not.

Before the hurricanes, it was $2 per gallon.

Gas prices are being kept down artificially to prop up sales of big trucks and SUVs.

There was more traffic this summer than ever before, and it…

September 20, 2017

The decision to oust the incumbent mayor of North Carolina’s largest city came down to a margin of just 3,398 voters — 0.6 percent of the registered voters in Charlotte.

Pathetic voter turnout in municipal races is nothing new, and the 8.73 percent turnout for the Charlotte City Council…

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