Opinion: Columns

Mar. 29, 2015 @ 01:52 AM

Column: From beyond the grave, Mom wins the Internet

My dead mother is more successful on the Internet that I am. It happened Thursday.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

Column: Out of trial's glare, Lenoir emerges with reason for pride

Lenoir has been in the news in the state capital’s media more over the past two weeks than it has since Jim Broyhill served in Congress.

So has the name Broyhill.


Mar. 16, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Next generation will keep journalism alive

When I first told my family and former high school teachers that I was studying to be a journalist, many of their responses went something like this: “But isn’t journalism dying? How long will you have a job?”


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Column: The dead hear no tales, but oh, the noise

My mother, who has been dead three years and never lived in Lenoir, received an offer in the mail at my house last week to get a free hearing exam.

“You have received this invitation today because you best represent the segment of the population which is most likely to experience hearing loss and tinnitus."


Feb. 15, 2015 @ 06:25 AM

Column: Hate and anger only destroy

Choosing happiness or hate are both topics that I have encountered this past week.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 04:24 PM

Column: Don't be a balloon-popper

It takes a special kind of jerk to respond to a young person’s exuberance with bitter cynicism and bile.


Feb. 08, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

Column: Winning lottery would change me

I used to think that if I ever won the lottery, I’d quit my job and become a full-time man of leisure. Maybe set up a foundation like Bill Gates did to choose needy causes worthy of my support. But I was thinking about it a few days ago, after I didn’t win the $311 million Powerball jackpot, and now I’m not so sure.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:52 AM

Column: Men in your phone, women in my head

There’s an online service called Invisible Boyfriend that is intended to help women create a plausible online  I wondered if there would be a demand for an online service called Invisible Husband. But then the voices of all the married women I know started up in the back of my head, telling me what an Invisible Husband would be like.


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Column: Goodbye to good friend of the community

Saying goodbye is never easy, and such was the case Thursday. Hundreds of family, friends, members of First Baptist Church of Lenoir and community leaders gathered to say goodbye to their good friend Ron Stilwell.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 07:32 PM

Column: Misunderstandings can doom a romance

When the news came out last week that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified in court that his ex-girlfriend was a trained assassin, and he cited the things that made him think so, like a lot of people I had one thought: There are perfectly reasonable explanations for each of those things.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:27 AM

Column: Nothing can make me miss Minnesota winters

While most of us have spent the last few days complaining about the weather, I only needed a reminder from my daughter that we had lived in far worse conditions.


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 09:25 AM

Column: NASCAR Hall of Fame sure looked like safe bet

If a NASCAR Hall of Fame can’t make money in Charlotte, officials in all those other places that competed to be the spot to have it built must be breathing a sigh of relief.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Column: Plan your resolution for success

With a fresh year quickly approaching there is time to make a new list. We can think about our lives and make several New Year’s resolutions for 2015.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 01:25 AM

Column: Forbes' makes odd choices for retirement list

Last week Forbes put on its website, forbes.com, its annual picks for the top 25 places to retire.

Many of the picks seem utterly insane.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 06:22 AM

Career Day opened my eyes to job's purpose

On Tuesday, I visited Granite Falls Middle School for Career Day. My press badge swung from my deck. However, I was not there as a journalist -- well, not as one doing interviews and writing a story.


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:14 PM

Column: Magic meets its match

Did you know that the Internet broke? Apparently Kim Kardashian flashed her naked, oiled-up rear end at the Internet a week and a half or so ago, and the darned thing broke.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 01:37 AM

Column: Tuesday is more than just a day off

On Tuesday our country will once again honor veterans with the annual Veterans Day holiday. As with many of our holidays, our young people and many adults have little idea why they have a day off school or work.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 01:36 AM

Column: In a child's face you can see the future

My heart ached as the sixth-graders walked one by one to the microphone at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, gave their first name and said what they want to be when they grow up.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Column: When the polls close, let's still be civil

Pollsters say America today suffers extreme political polarization. I concur with that diagnosis, given the ill-will and loathing I’ve encountered with people from both the major parties. Nothing good will ever come out of hate and a lack of civility toward one another. Whether or not our culture has unraveled beyond repair of the breaches, I do not know, but I hope for reason to prevail. Information on an advice poster that I saw last week would go a long ways toward restoring civility.


Nov. 02, 2014 @ 03:02 AM

Column: It's all Bumgarner country

I had heard since I came to Lenoir in January 2013 that Bumgarner was “from,” depending on who was telling me, either Hudson or Granite Falls, and in the paper we have said he is from Hudson. I learned Thursday that both of those answers can be true, but even both together are incomplete.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Column: Hudson dinner theater did it again

Over the years community theater has become one of my favorite local things-to-do, and last Saturday was no exception.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:38 AM

Column: A timely tip arrives for avoiding Ebola

As I sat at the office daydreaming about a coming shipment of fresh, raw Liberian monkey meat – it’s Africa’s sushi, you know – a friend posted a link on Facebook to a list from Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper of the top 10 tips for avoiding catching the Ebola virus.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

Column: More than ever, be aware of cancer

Pink. We see it in ads in the newspaper and television. We see NFL players adorned in brilliant pink each Sunday in October. We see pink flowers at the garden store. We see pink shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters in every clothing store. We are surrounded with pink in October.


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Column: What people don't know is a lot

You can't have a serious discussion of budget issues if your knowledge of those issues is grounded in fictional numbers.


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

Column: What's the matter with journalists, governor?

Why is the governor picking on me?

Well, Gov. Pat McCrory’s not picking on me personally, but he says he wants journalists to go away. That’s already happening at a fast enough pace without any outside wishing.