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False idols: Claims against prominent figures show cracks in pedestals

Apologies offer too little, too late. Such can certainly be said for the victims of the increasing number of alleged sexual predators being named publicly. The latest in the cavalcade of falling stars might be the hardest for those of...

Kindness, revved: Bikers' toy run fuels Christmas cheer for all

On any other day of the year, you might not give them a second look. They are the leather-clad, well-worn denim and boot-wearing sort from whom you might avert your eyes as they throttle past you on the highway. Their...

Tax troubles: GOP yet to inspire confidence that it can deliver on reform

While the Roy Moore saga in Alabama turned from deeply disturbing to downright bizarre Wednesday, what happens today could be all the more troubling for the GOP. Despite all the sexual improprieties alleged against Moore there are now indications of...

Steaming hot: Temper tantrum on coffee machine only deprives the smasher

Don't throw the coffee out with the coffee maker. Well, you can if you want, but you already paid for it. Perhaps by now you have seen the videos of coffee drinkers smashing their Keurig single-cup coffee makers. Apparently there...

Moments: Autumn has a way of putting things in perspective

The leaves have mostly turned now, and it seems they'll never stop falling. Funny how more of them seem to pile up in our backyards versus our neighbor's. But as we head into this week having celebrated Veterans Day and...

All too prevalent: Spate of accusations should make would-be harassers think twice

There is a fine line. It is almost a tightrope walk. It is best to avoid all possible conflicts or even the perception of conflict by never being alone in a room with one other person, and certainly never with...

Appreciation: Dinner for law enforcement conveys what often goes unsaid

Some thank yous are in order, although none can match the display of gratitude plated out at the Goldsboro Event Center Thursday night. George Williams, in association with Mickey's Pastry Shop, the event center and an anonymous donor, all did...

Arm and a leg: Americans are at their breaking point on health care

We are sick with the cost of medical care and health insurance in this country and what it is doing to small businesses and to employees. When businesses have to choose between jacking up rates for employees or scrapping their...

Sinister signs: Hindsight clarifies much about deadly shooting spree

With the benefit of another day to process the happenings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we can at least begin to focus on a few key facts. For starters, a good guy with a gun -- as is often...

The list grows: A killer adds dozens more names to a somber national count

The youngest was 5. The oldest, 72. Among the dead is the pastor's daughter, 14. The shooter, his own soul among those dispatched Sunday, was 26. Do their ages matter this time? Does the setting? Does the shooter's race or...

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