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Friday, 07 August 2020 13:26

COLUMN: Celebrating five years in print

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Aug. 14, 2020 will mark the five-year anniversary of this column. It has outlasted a few editors, one newspaper, and three laptops. This column has won an award, has been shared internationally by some readers and has even generated one or two letters of fan mail.

To say that our state, our nation, and our world have changed dramatically in the past few months would be an understatement. At the NC Rural Center and the NC Counts Coalition, we know how much our work and the communities we serve have changed — and will change — because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On July 24, U.S. president Donald Trump signed four executive orders with an eye toward altering the way prescription drugs are priced and purchased in the United States.

Monday, 03 August 2020 11:02

COLUMN: County races turn on governance

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As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county-commission races in North Carolina. But I am. I’m just that weird.

I’m tired. 

Tired of the lecturing from Gov. Roy Cooper and his cohorts. Tired of waiting for his edicts. Tired of his pedantic lecturing.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 12:21

COLUMN: 'Anarchist' is not an insult

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"These are anarchists, these are not protesters," U.S. President Donald Trump said on July 20, defending his decision to unleash Department of Homeland Security hooligans on anti-police-violence demonstrators in Portland. 

 One morning in late March, I drove from my home in Southern Wake County to my office in North Raleigh to pick up some files so I could work from home. As I exited the Beltline onto Six Forks Road, I noticed a deer lying beneath the overpass, the apparent victim of a high-speed impact.

Friday, 24 July 2020 16:31

COLUMN: Alternatives to 'The New Normal'

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I heard a radio spot this morning talking about "The New Normal." I was quite confused, as I had understood what we as a nation were going through was temporary.

Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:33

COLUMN: Wagging the dog

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Donald Trump is invading American cities with the “jack-booted government thugs” the NRA warned us about 25 years ago. He’s sending federal law enforcement from a mishmash of agencies dressed in combat fatigues to attack American citizens.

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