Don’t change horses in mid-stream

No, ladies and gentlemen, now is not the time to make a change and vote for Democrats and their failed policies. That’s an old, bad habit, one which is dying a hard death. More...

Find a way to help those outside Person

Person County residents can count ourselves fortunate that Hurricane Florence’s wind and rain didn’t cause tremendous damage here as it did in other parts of the state.  Most of us have, by now, breathed that proverbial sigh of relie More...

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THE QUESTION: What worries you the most in a hurricane?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  How would you describe yourself when meeting new people?  1. Class clown 2. Hermit crab 3. More...

Many thanks to animal services

To the editor:  Sampson lost his battle with severe hip dysplasia and extreme arthritis. At 12 and a half years young, our family’s beloved chocolate Labrador fought it as long as he could. More...

Early sales a bad idea

To the editor:  Does anybody in Person County feel sorry for the restaurant owners who can not survive without alcohol sales two hours earlier on a Sunday? More...

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Unpleasant, yes, but the right call

We know family members of Raymond Johnson are disappointed with the decision of the Roxboro City Council to demolish a dilapidated home Johnson owns on Bryce Street.  But the council has exhibited a great deal of patience in working with the fam More...

Doing the calendar shuffle

When I was a teenager, I coached a local tee ball team. More...

Storm’s effects still unfolding

To the editor:  Beyond the widely reported devastating impacts of Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas, there is one more - of the self-inflicted variety.  More...

A free society encourages giving in times of real need

When natural disasters or other emergencies hit our state, North Carolinians respond in droves – and I’m not just referring to the crucial and praiseworthy work of our public employees who work in emergency management, public safety and p More...

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Florence’s threat causes worry over puppy

Like all North Carolinians I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. More...

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An important practice opportunity

It’s an understatement to say that Person County is fortunate to have been spared the worst of Hurricane Florence.  The storm was expected to turn to the west and south after landfall. More...

Justifying the means in our politics

North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. More...

Literary giant’s ode to snow cream

How did Carrboro writer and teacher Georgann Eubanks become the leader of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association?  In a word, she earned a top role in our state’s cultural community by her diligent and unselfish community More...

PULSE POLL

THE QUESTION: Should Roxboro allow alcohol sales two hours earlier than is currently allowed on Sundays?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What worries you the most about a hurricane?  1. Wind 2. Flooding 3. More...

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Purchase offer amount surprises

We were surprised to learn that the “winning” bid to purchase Person County’s Home Health and Hospice programs fetched just $200,000, far below the average $2.3 million other such sales have brought.  More...

Patience in the eye of the storm

Hurricanes don’t typically worry me. More...

Measuring who pays the most taxes in North Carolina

Wealthy North Carolinians pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than do middle-income North Carolinians, who in turn have a higher effective tax rate than the poor.  This is a factual statement. More...

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A bigger problem than a single hole

The debate between a property owner and the City of Roxboro is ongoing as both try to figure out how to resolve the problem of a sinkhole and the resulting sewage spill that took place last week.  Property owner Tommy Winstead believes public in More...

Why voters choose to stay at home

When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term incumbent congressman in New York – in a set of Democratic primaries that saw selfproclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country -– Th More...

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Employing sidelined workers

North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new jobs, with our job-creation rate exceeding the national and Southeastern averages. More...

Hunger for life, a longing for death

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Anna Beer could cost North Carolina taxpayers millions of dollars. How in the world could this British author and scholar cost us so much money? More...

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THE QUESTION: If your life was a movie, what genre would be it be?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Should Roxboro allow alcohol sales two hours earlier than is currently allowed on Sundays?  1. Yes 2. More...

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Glad to see program’s expansion

A mentoring program that enjoyed positive results at North Elementary last year will get a chance to prove its mettle at another school this year. More...

Now is the time to make changes

Voices of the community

The President is caught on a secret tape recording discussing a payment to a porn star to buy her silence about his extramarital affair prior to the 2016 election. The President did this to betray and mislead the American people. More...

Protectionism helps businesses, but not customers

My wife is angry at the government. No surprise there, I suppose – we do have a lot in common.  More...

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Personality was a smashing hit

We hope you were among the 10,000 or so people who sampled a bit of Person County at last weekend’s Personality Festival.  The event is good clean fun and, in some ways, that’s a shrinking commodity.  The organizers of this ye More...

Practicing the art of thanfulness

This month, I thought I would take a different approach to the monthly Chief ’s Column. When I started as Chief in June 2015, then C-T editor Tim Chandler suggested I write a monthly column as an opportunity to connect with the community. More...

Columnist: Other states are doing it

To the editor:  In the Aug. 25 edition of The Courier-Times, P.J. Gentry is once again advocating the passage of the same discredited voter ID laws that have been previously struck down.  More...

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THE QUESTION: What kind of TV shows do you like to watch?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  If your life was a movie, what genre would it be?  1. Comedy 2. Drama 3. Horror 4. More...

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A picture of labor on this Labor Day

On Monday we celebrate Labor Day at the end of a long three-day weekend.  Schools – some of them in session for just a week – will take a day off.  For some of us – healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, EMS w More...

Science argues against alcohol use

To the editor:  Your editorial published Saturday, Aug. More...

Consider Citizen’s Police Academy

To the editor:  As past participants and alumni members of the Roxboro Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, we would like to encourage all interested citizens to apply for enrollment in the upcoming 11th session of the Citiz More...

Alternative education options are in North Carolina to stay

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As elementary and secondary schools open their doors across North Carolina for the 2018-19 academic year, the cumulative effects of some 20 years of school-choice initiatives are impossible to miss.  New charter schools are opening all across th More...

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Enact a brunch bill in Roxboro

After the General Assembly adopted the socalled brunch bill allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays, a number of towns moved to use the new law to bolster their Sunday morning businesses.  Those towns weren’t limited to just the big More...

Amendments deserve support

A recent Voices of the Community column by Avie Lester addressed six amendments to the N.C. Constitution which we will vote to approve in the November election. More...

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THE QUESTION: If you could bring back any of these fashion trends, which would it be?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What kind of TV shows do you like to watch?  1. Comedies 2. Crime Shows 3. News 4. More...

Now’s the best time to privatize state ABC operations

In the aftermath of a scathing report from State Auditor Beth Wood about mismanagement in North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) warehouse, some state lawmakers are renewing calls to end the government liquor monopoly in our state. More...

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Pay attention to the honey-do list

I love doing the chores on the honey-do lists my wife leaves me...said no man, ever.  But we all do it.  We clean out garages to make room for sewing equipment, or we trim the bushes or we fix the broken stuff around the house.  Whatev More...

Favorable views of capitalism are falling by the wayside

According to a recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of Democratic voters view socialism positively, more than the 47 percent who view capitalism positively. If that sounds utterly bonkers to you, join the club.  More...