Jordan Rogers

My Issue with the Gun Control Issue

It takes only few minutes of cable news to see that Americans need to have a gun control discussion. However, I seem to be one of the few people willing to actually have it. This goes for both sides of the debate, which refuse to have any semblance of a “discussion,” and it’s why the most levelheaded refuse to join either side until there’s a sense of compromise between the two. In the right-hand corner is the 2nd Amendment crowd, which has still failed to form any workable definition of exactly what the Right to Bear Arms entails. They use flowery language about Constitutional Rights and personal liberties while continuing to ignore the fact that there are clearly issues in America that need concrete solutions, not symbolism and Country music. Unfortunately the Gun Control group in the left-hand corner has been even more addled. There is complaining that “gun control legislation in this country never goes anywhere” yet this likely because no one ever defines where it should go. How many people have demanded “gun control” without putting an ounce of thought into what this would need to constitute in order to curb gun violence? I only ask this because I am still — after decades of hearing about a gun control discussion — yet to hear anyone actually discuss the following: How would the proposed gun control legislation...

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Fresh Eats: Neal’s Deli

Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a postchurch ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week. – Guy Beringer, “Brunch: A Plea,” Hunter’s Weekly, 1895 The above is often cited as the first mention/coining of the term “brunch.” Don’t be put off that it’s coming from Wikipedia, which can be spotty on accuracy, because in the end that suits brunch perfectly. No one can define exactly what it is anyway. The only thing to be sure of is it has a lot to do with what Mr. Beringer said: brunch has its own vibe — it’s an atmosphere, an event. Everyone knows the components of a Triangle-area Sunday Brunch: a little breakfast, a little lunch, some fresh fruit, a specialty drink of some kind. But in the end the point isn’t that there’s an entire new menu or ingredients, just...

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The Art Alternative

Almost everyone enjoys a good painting. Those who couldn’t spell “Rembrandt” even if their life depended on it have probably hung a piece of art on their wall at some point. But ask a random person if they’d like to visit an art gallery and you might see some hesitation. While anyone can express why they like a movie or song, a meticulous painting can be trickier. The result is that someone who might really enjoy an exhibition could be worried that in a public setting they may not “get it.” This is understandable. To the inexperienced, art can be intimidating. The stereotypical undertone is that to appreciate fine arts one needs a degree or formal training. And even though most everyone does enjoy art to a degree, no one wants to be embarrassed by their lack of knowledge. In many ways traditional fine art has always carried a certain inaccessibility to the general public. But a growing trend in the Chapelboro community is helping to end this stereotype. Sprinkled around town are makeshift galleries in the most relaxed of places: locally owned coffee shops and restaurants. Of course these displays are not official exhibitions, but it’s more than just eateries decorating their walls with random hodgepodges of paintings. Not only are original works presented, but there is usually a cohesive style that ties the different pieces together. Jessee’s Coffee &...

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