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Act now to ward off a dangerous virus

Last year’s flu season was the deadliest in North Carolina since the Department of Health and Human Services began reporting those numbers 10 years ago.  Now, comes news that the Tar Heel state has already suffered its first two flu-relate More...

Defying a persistent stereotype

It seems the number of people who are willing to wait for Thanksgiving to come and go before turning their attention to Christmas is dwindling. But I count myself among that number.  More...

Take a closer look at the latest plan for tax reform

The federal government recently proposed a 429- page tax reform bill that, some people think, will reduce the tax burden of the middle class, and other people think, will continue to benefit the rich.  Many Americans are not fully prepared for t More...

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Help local pantries feed our hungry

As we enter the holiday season, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the fast pace of life.  There’s work to do. More...

Moving UNC system a terrible idea

What is the worst idea floating around about the UNC system these days?  Jesse White, who headed up the Southern Growth Policies Board and also served as an adjunct professor of government and city and regional planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, has a More...

Cooper’s recent HB2 move surprises the political set

Just when you thought North Carolina had moved on from bathrooms, House Bill 2 is back in the headlines thanks to a surprise move by Gov. Roy Cooper.  More...

We need to make an effort to promote civility

If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I have some unwelcome news: lots of North Carolinians are dissatisfied with the quality of our political discourse and leadership. More...

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THE QUESTION: Thanksgiving is just around the corner. What’s the best part of your Thanksgiving menu?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What area of transportation would you most like to see elected leaders put public money into?   More...

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Do something on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Saturday. We hope you will find a way to observe the holiday. More...

The art of getting a good job

JOHNNY’s JOURNAL

There’s a lot of talk in Person County about the need for more jobs, especially jobs that pay more money.  Some people suggest that more higher-paying jobs would keep more people from leaving Person County each day for work.  There&rs More...

Mixed emotions about a Californian drawing NC maps

A law professor out in California could end up having a big impact in North Carolina’s 2018 elections for the state legislature. More...

Charters’ advantages

To the editor:  I’m retired, having taught in North Carolina public schools for 31 years, 29 of which were in the same high school.  The following summary statements are derived from statistics readily available from multiple sites on More...

A complicated tax reform

North Carolinians would experience large gains in after tax income under the tax-reform bill released last week in Washington, according to an initial analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.  More...

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Closing a chapter, starting a new one

Roxboro and the entire Person County community owe a large debt of gratitude to the Clayton family.  For three generations they’ve taken seriously their obligation as owners of the local newspaper, to tell as many as will read the words on More...

Consider what you’re thankful for

In last year’s article for November, I discussed the original Greek meaning of the word thankful.  In Greek, the word thankful is eucharistos. The eucharisteó is what Jesus said when he broke the bread and gave thanks. More...

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THE QUESTION: Halloween is Tuesday. What do you give out to trick-or-treaters at your house?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Thanksgiving is just around the corner. What’s the best part of your Thanksgiving menu?  1. More...

Use a better example

To the editor:  Let me see if I have this straight. Some people would rather have more trash in Person County than a Senior Center? Oh, and what’s “pesky” about a senior center. Curious, huh? More...

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Thinking differently about student needs

While details still need to be worked out, and the board of trustees at Piedmont Community College must still give their final approval, we like President Pamela Senegal’s first idea for boosting enrollment at PCC.  Senegal has suggested a More...

World Series lessons for politicians

There have been several time-consuming projects on my plate over the last few weeks and after I got the last of them cleared off on Saturday, I was looking forward to a relaxed Sunday night at home, turning in early and getting a good night’s s More...

Fair and equitable VFD funding

To the editor:  I read with interest the recent series of excellent articles outlining the plight of the Person County Volunteer Fire Departments.  Throughout the series, one significant issue consistently surfaced… inadequate fundi More...

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Looking for improvement s

Person County educators have defended the district’s low scores on Advanced Placement tests as only part of the story.  In short, they’ve pointed out that more students are taking the tests in Person County than ever before and that More...

Should we appoint our judges?

In next year’s election, you might find yourself picking dozens of judges on an insanely long ballot. Or you might never vote in a multiple candidate judicial election ever again.  More...

A landfill for grownups

To the editor:  I read with total dismay The Courier-Times editorial of Oct 17, “Messy landfill issues confound county.” Apparently, the C-T has decided that the people of Person County have little need for $600,000 earned annually f More...

Avoid political bickering by finding common ground

I’ve been spending a lot of my time recently on projects that facilitate constructive conversation across political differences. More...

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THE QUESTION: What kind of technology do you use the most?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Halloween is Tuesday. What do you give out to trick-or-treaters at your house?  1. Candy 2. Healthy stuff like fruit 3. More...

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Domestic violence troubles Person

As the days fly by and we prepare to leave October behind us, we have just a little bit more time to recognize an important challenge we face in Person County.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence is a problem t More...

Keep a healthy respect for lightning

Monday’s thunderstorms unnerved my dog Riley.  As ferocious as his bark is whenever anyone dares walk on the street in front of our home, Riley is a scaredy-cat when thunder rumbles through.  More...

Cooper’s forgetting his own complaints with GOP

During the 2016 gubernatorial campaign, Democratic politicians, progressive activists and left-leaning media outlets excoriated Pat McCrory and other North Carolina Republicans for elevating divisive social disputes above the issues that most voters More...

Understanding the landfill law

To the editor:  I would like to explain the reasons for the changes in state law regarding landfill permits and flow control.  The permitting process for NCDEQ in regard to landfills and mines was changed to life of site permits. More...

Protection through a shift change

To the editor:  What are the citizens of rural Person County to do? More...

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Messy landfill issues confound county

It’s painfully clear that county officials have no idea how best to deal with Person County’s solid waste issues.  The county has become addicted to the money Republic pays for the privilege to operate its massive landfill in Person More...

Deciphering the need for regulation

Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schools, and this share will probably grow to a quarter or more in the coming years.  More...

Legislature could cure election confusion with a statewide process

If the rules for Raleigh’s municipal elections had applied to last year’s governor’s race, Pat McCrory would have had the power to send voters back to the polls in December. More...

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THE QUESTION: What criminal activity worries you most?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What kind of technology do you use the most?  1. Computer 2. Smart phone 3. Tablet 4. More...

Planned charter has support

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A great example of a public servant

We were impressed by the can-do attitude of two Roxboro police officers last week.  Off. D. S. Whitlow and Off. J.G. More...

Don’t ask me to cook for your dinner party

They say opposites attract. It must be true. My wife, Becky, is a cooking genius. More...

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