June 02, 2019

In every age, wherever people have built communities, the danger of fire has loomed on the periphery.

Calm summer evenings and quiet wintery nights have been spliced by the sound of a fire station alarm. Men and women from all walks of life have scrambled to the call, harnessing equipment and…


May 12, 2019

Most of you readers won’t recognize the name Mark Wilson. And that’s OK. Some will.

Most of us newspapermen from the old school had a favorite expression, “We would rather report the news than make the news.” So it is that most of us have been able to whittle away at…

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March 19, 2019

The state House has taken a long overdue step toward transparency, voting unanimously to add online video streaming of its sessions — so North Carolinians across the state can watch their government in action without driving to Raleigh.

The legislature currently offers online audio streams of…

Colin Campbell

March 10, 2019

I lost my older brother last week, and I still can't wrap my head around it.

Former longtime Telegram Editor Jeff Herrin died Monday at the age of 60 — five days short of one year since his retirement on March 9, 2018.

Although not related by blood, I have always thought of Jeff as my…


March 04, 2019

Michael Cohen was supposed to provide "bombshell" testimony against President Trump. Well, the bombshell didn't explode.

Not long ago, many were speculating that Cohen might have recorded conversations with Trump admitting that he had made payments to Stormy Daniels for political purposes,…


March 03, 2019

In Michael Cohen's historic testimony Wednesday, there was a moment when the long-lost spines of President Trump's political enablers, probably heaped in a clattering pile somewhere, must have felt a chill. It was when Cohen looked at his Republican inquisitors and foretold their future.

"I did the…

Eugene Robinson

February 21, 2019

Several local school districts have asked the General Assembly to free them from the rigid start-date and end-date of the academic year now embedded in law. They define the issue as "calendar flexibility."

What seems a prosaic procedural matter actually poses a test of policymakers' flexibility and…

Ferrel Guillory

February 19, 2019

There's one in every family: The embarrassing relative who spouts off conspiracy theories or racist opinions at Thanksgiving.

If that relative was in your circle of friends, you'd make sure they didn't get invited ever again. But because they're family, you're stuck putting up with the crazy.


Colin Campbell
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