From poet to potter, and that’s OK

The recent flap about Gov. McCrory’s probably well-meaning, but totally clueless appointment of a new North Carolina poet laureate (who later resigned) sent me for a look back at my own skimpy collection of published poems. It’s been years since I’ve written any poetry other than...

Alternative energy failures abroad should serve as warning

At $3.65 a gallon, gas is already expensive enough. Now imag-ine paying an additional carbon tax every time you fill up. That’s what a new report from the United Nations has recommended. To combat global climate change, the United Nations has urged governments everywhere to...

Sticking with the winning playbook

Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more tools for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and other...

Land purchase raises many questions

To the editor: Remember this quote from then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the (healthcare) bill to know what is in it, and get away from the fog of controversy.” It appears to be the same flawed logic used by the Franklin County Commissioners to purchase...

Cougars start season large, in charge

By David Allen Staff Writer WAKE FOREST – Wake Forest dominated Friday night’s football game against Panther Creek. Allowing only 105 yards in 59 plays and a total of six first downs, it would have been a shutout if Panther Creek’s quarterback Brenden Magner hadn’t snuck in on an...