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‘What it was, was football’

In the spirit of the high school football season, which kicks off in week, here are excerpts from beloved comedian Andy Griffith’s now famous 1953 monologue, a description of a college football game from a self-described “country bumpkin.” It was back last October, I believe it...
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Give legislature chance

To the Editor: Usually the articles by Jean McCamy are interesting and upbeat — a respite from all the opinions, opinions, opinions. But this week it seems she, too, cannot resist putting in her two cents, as they say. I must say I do not agree with anything she says, except...
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Need more people pulling

To the Editor: I have a couple of suggestions for Jean McCamy. First she could move to Chapel Hill where she would be with likeminded liberals who constantly whine about our governor and legislature. There are plenty of liberal arts professors over there with hyphenated last...
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No ‘right’ to vote

To the Editor: I usually try not to get into too many political discussions since it is a very sensitive subject for many people. But the recent comments in the “From the Left” column upset me because people like the author and his organization should know the U.S. Constitution...

New budget repairs balance sheet

by John Hood As Democrats and Republicans debated North Carolina’s recently approved state budget, they devoted much of their attention to the income statement of state government. They argued about next year’s revenues and expenditures. What didn’t get nearly as much attention...

Time off … but not for good behavior

by Angela Hight While there are questions lingering about criminal justice matters that are being fought for all over the country there is a question that still lingers. Why do judges levy prison sentences if the convicted criminals aren’t going to serve the entirety of their...

Apologize sincerely

by D.G. Martin Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it. Say you’re sorry and move on. And that is what I did when some folks took offense at my recent column...

Lift health reform’s deductible cap

by Janet Trautwein The Obama Administration recently announced that it would delay until 2015 the health reform law’s “employer mandate,” which will require all companies with at least 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance or pay a fine. The delay...