Still in Mike Wilder’s corner and still helping those battling cancer

There is no feeling in a workplace quite like the one when a colleague is taken in the prime of life by either accident, incident or unspeakable disease. For the Burlington Times-News in the spring of 2013 the culprit was No. 3. It was tough to watch how quickly cancer swallowed Mike Wilder, a longtime … Continue reading Still in Mike Wilder’s corner and still helping those battling cancer

The endgame for UNC and the NCAA is nothing to cheer about for anyone

For the University of North Carolina, seven years of scrutiny by the governing body of collegiate athletics, the NCAA, came to a close Friday. It ended not with a bang, but hardly a whimper either – unless UNC’s “Anybody but Carolina” rivals can be counted. Upon further review I might classify the latter’s response more … Continue reading The endgame for UNC and the NCAA is nothing to cheer about for anyone

Talking technology, jobs and the future at Community Connections

In October of 2013 LabCorp offered a reporter, editor and publisher for the local newspaper an opportunity to tour its massive testing laboratories on York Court in Burlington. I was fortunate enough to be part of it. The highly structured tour occurred at night, after 7 p.m., just before the overnight shift arrived for work. … Continue reading Talking technology, jobs and the future at Community Connections

Reality crashes in America’s Land of Make Believe

I traveled to Las Vegas for the first time in August of 2001. I’ll always remember the date because approximately a month later I would learn that the bastard terrorists who commandeered jet airliners then used them as missiles on Sept. 11, 2001 were on the infamous Vegas Strip at roughly the same time we … Continue reading Reality crashes in America’s Land of Make Believe