Maurice Koury was always comfortable in the background and still is at Schar Center

https://twitter.com/i/status/1061082322391437312 When University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams agreed to bring his nationally ranked and highly popular team to Elon for the opening game in the university's brand new Schar Center a lot of thoughts probably went through his mind. Typically coaches in major conferences don't like to go on the road … Continue reading Maurice Koury was always comfortable in the background and still is at Schar Center

Checks and balances, balances and checks: Just where are the adults?

I wrote this two years ago for publication in the Burlington Times-News on Nov. 8 2016 -- the date of the last presidential election. I think most know what happened there. And the folks who don't know haven't paid attention to much of anything in a long time anyway -- print, TV, online, family, friends, … Continue reading Checks and balances, balances and checks: Just where are the adults?

Volunteering at the polls: Yes we can get along and (hopefully) accomplish things

The thing about working as a volunteer at the polls, especially during early voting, is that you get to meet and talk to a lot of people. Many of them are people who don't all think alike. Some in fact, are very different. So you converse with them, learn about their families, jobs and lives. … Continue reading Volunteering at the polls: Yes we can get along and (hopefully) accomplish things

Good homes for Don Bolden’s images of Alamance County

My one-time newspaper editor and longtime friend Don Bolden had by his own estimation more than 2,000 photos in his possession at the time of his death. They are images of Burlington, Graham, Elon and other points in Alamance County dating to his start in media as a photographer for his high school newspaper just … Continue reading Good homes for Don Bolden’s images of Alamance County

Showing signs of support for the education bonds

This fall marks historic first. I have an election sign in my front yard. That's right, I'm visibly supporting something. It was the easiest decision I've ever made. But this is still uncharted territory. Because I worked in newspapers I always felt such preferential expressions were personally wrong. So I never had a sign endorsing … Continue reading Showing signs of support for the education bonds

My college years, Brett Kavanaugh, beer, misbehavior and ‘Animal House’

This is about men. This is about Brett Kavanaugh. This is about beer. This is about judgment, or a lack of it. This is about temperament. This is about honesty. This is about privilege and college and the moral compass or gyroscope that keeps polite society functional. This is about different times in our history, … Continue reading My college years, Brett Kavanaugh, beer, misbehavior and ‘Animal House’