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  • Great reviews for Baldwin’s new book; brings back buzz for his first

    May 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    While we were getting ready for out primary elections last week, the people of France elected a new president. Out with Nicolas Sarkozy, in with the Socialist Francois Hollande. Who can explain to us what it means and why we should care? Maybe it could be done by Chapel Hill author Rosecrans Baldwin, whose latest […]

  • How did God vote on Amendment 1?

    May 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Where was God in all this, really? North Carolinians heard God speaking in contradictory voices during the weeks leading up to the vote on May 8 when voters approved Amendment 1, which added to the state constitution a provision that “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall […]

  • Ben Fountain's long wait brings us the "Catch-22" of the Iraq War

    May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    What is really going on inside their minds when the soldiers come home? Before they can tell us, the call comes to go back to the Middle East for another long tour. In North Carolina, such brave soldiers and their families surround us. We try to honor them and show our appreciation for what they […]

  • The last three inhabitants of Yaupon Island

    May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What do North Carolina pirates and the daughter of Thomas Jefferson’s vice president have in common? They are both an important part of North Carolina author Michael Parker’s recent book, “The Watery Part of the World.” Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia was shipwrecked off the coast of North Carolina in 1812 and may have been taken […]

  • Amendment One to Obama's rescue

    April 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Amendment One. Whether it wins or loses, the effort to defeat it could be a crucial factor in a successful outcome for the Obama campaign in North Carolina this fall. Prospects for the effort to defeat the proposed marriage amendment to the constitution are still uncertain, notwithstanding a well-organized and impressive effort on the part […]

  • Hillsborough author’s book is 'superior' to 'The Help'

    April 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    “…‘The Dry Grass of August’ is a superior book to ‘The Help,’ even if it doesn’t sell three million copies.” So writes Christina Bucher in the North Carolina Literary Review about “The Dry Grass of August.” Hillsborough’s Anna Jean Mayhew takes us all the way back to the racially-segregated Charlotte of 1954 and a poignant […]

  • The pain of losing a town's only factory

    April 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    “You ain’t never going to understand until you’ve been through it.” Politicians from the president on down will hear this plaintive statement when they campaign in North Carolina this year. It will happen when they talk about jobs and their plans for economic recovery in towns that have lost the furniture factories or textile mills […]

  • UNC professor who writes about the struggle lived it in Chapel Hill

    April 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wouldn’t it be great if Carolina had a professor of African American history who actually lived through the Civil Rights struggles and the desegregation of the public schools? Wouldn’t it be even better if that professor had grown up in the town where the university is located and experienced the tough adjustments that came with […]

  • The Primary of All Primaries – Still Not Over

    April 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Early voting is under way this week in North Carolina’s primary elections. So far there is not much excitement. Sixty-two years ago we had a much different primary and run-off election experience. Voters came out in record numbers. Today, a surprising number of people still remember that election and can tell you how the bitter […]

  • Ron Rash's "The Cove" – Laurel Shelton or Shelton Laurel

    April 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Laurel Shelton is the central feature of a new and powerful anti-war novel set in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. If I made that statement to anyone familiar with North Carolina’s Civil War history, I would be quickly corrected. “No, you’ve got this name reversed. It is Shelton Laurel, the place in Madison […]

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