Throwback Thursday: Massacre in Charleston remembered

On June 19, 2015, I wrote this editorial that appeared in the Burlington Times-News. The horrifying event at a church in Charleston, South Carolina occurred on June 17. The killer was found guilty of murder last December an was sentenced to death in January. Recent events tell me we learn nothing from history. Peace. --- … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Massacre in Charleston remembered

Sun Hands: A refresher from Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Summer started today, bringing an anti-climactic end to pretty dreary, rain-infested late spring here in North Carolina. The Haw River was nearly out of its banks Tuesday morning after a torrential downpour that almost outweighed a tropical system in intensity, and density. So even though muggy and not very comfortable was the rule today as … Continue reading Sun Hands: A refresher from Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Throwback Thursday column: Memories of two leaders and their sacrifices

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wrote this column in June of 2015 upon the death of J.A. Freeman, the longtime educator, first principal at integrated Cummings High School and a political leader. It reminded me of a similar figure from my youth growing up in Stokes County -- John L. Hairston. When I heard last Sunday about … Continue reading Throwback Thursday column: Memories of two leaders and their sacrifices

You don’t say; or how I nearly got myself killed one morning

People usually edit their memories in one way or another. Some even manage to forget specific events completely. Facebook doesn't have a selective memory function. What someone produced on their Facebook page on a random day in say, 2011, will turn up on that same day in 2017 in a daily feature the social media … Continue reading You don’t say; or how I nearly got myself killed one morning

Commissioners punt on third and long for ABSS strategic plan

Revised to reflect change in amount of funding needed to pay for the entire request. If we’re going to talk football and local government spending then let’s call what happened Monday night at Williams High School what it really was. The Alamance County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to punt. Worse, the board voted to … Continue reading Commissioners punt on third and long for ABSS strategic plan

The return of recreational reading; or, stuff to do this summer

I stopped reading for fun a couple of years ago. It happened gradually. I didn't really notice for several months. And then one day I realized I hadn't cracked a book in a long time, forget fiction novels. It just wasn't happening. It worried me a little. Reading was my primary hobby dating to childhood. … Continue reading The return of recreational reading; or, stuff to do this summer