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There’s good news and bad news in the war on COVID-19. The good news is that millions of adults have already been vaccinated (about 26% of the population), while many others in just about every demographic category plan to do so. A Pew Research Center study published on March 10 revealed tha…

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I suppose it’s natural to blame someone else for our own mistakes and shortcomings, or when something happens that we don’t like. We blame the teacher when we get a bad grade, and we blame the boss when we get fired. It’s always someone else’s fault but ours. We’re all guilty of this behavio…

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I can tell you from personal experience that hospice care is a blessing, and the professionals who administer that care are angels. Traditional hospice care is available to anyone who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and has six months or less to live. In that regard, end-of-life care ty…

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A wise man once advised me never to complain about a problem unless I was prepared to offer a solution, and, where possible, I’ve always tried to adhere to that advice in my newspaper columns. For example, I’ve criticized long-serving politicians by advocating for term limits, and I’ve criti…

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The late great Ernie Banks, a Hall of Fame baseball player, once said, “the measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.” If that’s true, then Daniel Seaman must be one of the most successful men in Heaven. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a loyal friend and confidant. He…

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Before the Pandemic came along, we were a nation consumed with erasing history. Every week, it seemed, there was another statue or monument being torn down, or a building being re-named, all in the cause of racial justice. Don’t get me wrong. I do not now, nor have I ever revered the memory …

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Every family in America has been affected by COVID-19, some from loss of life, and others from loss of employment. But another casualty of the Pandemic has been education. To put things in perspective, there are approximately 74 million children under age 18 living at home, and another 20 mi…

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The COVID-19 virus has taught us some painfully valuable lessons. For starters, it showed us how ill-prepared we were to deal with a pandemic, and it underscored disparities in our healthcare system. The pandemic has also given our elected officials an opportunity to either shine or shrivel …

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For over 20 years now, Richard Burr has managed to enrich himself through unethical means, mislead the American people about a deadly virus, oppose letting Americans buy cheaper drugs from Canada, take money from industries he was supposed to regulate (then push for tax breaks for them), and…

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I have lived through the last 17 Presidential Inaugurations, including one I attended in person and another that I was assigned to cover. In each case, I was struck by the majesty and awe of the occasion, and that includes our most recent inauguration, despite its scaled-down nature.

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Four years ago, Hillary Clinton made a statement that backfired on her. While enjoying a comfortable lead in the polls, she showed disdain for Trump supporters by referring to them as “Deplorables.” Not surprisingly, that slur served to motivate millions of folks to show up on Election Day a…

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In the annuals of pop culture there have been three great debates: Coke or Pepsi? Ford or Chevy? Ginger or Mary Ann? The answers to the first two questions may never be settled, but the third is a no-brainer. The overwhelming majority of men and women everywhere prefer girl-next-door Mary An…

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As I sit here and pen my last "Letter From the Editor" I am thinking of lyrics from the anti-war, biblical Byrds' bop, "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

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Looking back on 2020, no one would disagree that COVID-19 was the biggest story of the year, but for much of the first quarter, it wasn’t a story at all.  We began the year with President Trump being impeached for alleged abuse of power. Not surprisingly, the Republican controlled-Senate vot…

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There’s never a dull moment in Tenet, a globe-trotting, hi-tech, time-tripping action blow-out from writer/producer/director Christopher Nolan – but there are plenty of confusing ones.

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Party-going restrictions of COVID-19 notwithstanding, this holiday season is still the perfect time to remind folks not to drink and drive. Unfortunately, it’s a reminder that needs to be uttered in every season. That’s because, according to the Centers for Disease Control, intoxicated drive…

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As we do our best to celebrate this holiday season, let’s not forget that there are people beyond our immediate circle of family and friends who are suffering, and could benefit from our love and generosity.

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She’s your star student: the quiet teenager hunched over an SAT prep book in the back of a loud classroom, her schedule loaded with AP classes (all of which she is undoubtedly acing) and extracurricular activities. She’s your neighborhood tiger mom: the middle-aged lady rushing her children …

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Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I'm not talking about Bill Clinton hooking up with Monica Lewinski, or Donald Trump calling neo-Nazis “very fine people.”

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Not too many years ago, North Carolina was considered to be a politically inconsequential state. That’s because our voting patterns were predictable, and our presidential primaries were held so late that we hardly ever figured into the nominating process. But as our population grew in both n…

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Soon after the polls closed, I emailed YES! Weekly publisher Charles Womack and editor Katie Murawski to let them know I would not be turning in a column for this week’s paper. For one thing, I wanted to write about how our state performed on Election Day, but since military and overseas bal…

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In May 2018, The Broad Center—a nationally respected organization that develops and assists educators— published a report titled, “Superintendents stay in their jobs longer than we think.” That report concluded that an average school superintendent’s tenure is six years. 

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Thanks to this year’s legislative exercise in gerrymandering, the newly formed 13th congressional district now stretches across all or part of 10 counties, including Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Lee, Person, Randolph, and Rowan. What hasn’t changed is the political m…

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This year, the news media has been focused on the Presidential election, and understandably so. Here in North Carolina, we’ve also been bombarded with ads about candidates for Congress, Senate, and State legislature. But ask most people who’s running for State Insurance Commissioner, and you…

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Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books, which opened seven years ago at 304 S. Elm St., isn’t going anywhere in the real world but is leaving a major part of the virtual one. Steve Mitchell recently told YES! Weekly that he and co-owner Brian Lampkin are largely done with Facebook.

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“Kids. I don’t understand what’s wrong with these kids today. Kids. Who can understand anything they say?  Kids. You can talk and talk ‘till your face is blue, but they still do just what they want to do.”

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OK, with a title like Uncle Peckerhead, it’s fairly obvious that this is not a film that will win any Academy Awards. And, once you learn what it’s about, it’s not so much obvious as certain.

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That luminous red hair. Those piercing green eyes. No wonder Maureen O’Hara was called the “Queen of Technicolor.” She was a fine actress in any format, but her feisty, fiery radiance was made for color film. And, despite eschewing bimbo/sexpot roles, she was a knockout, as much for the  int…

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Chez Genese, pronounced “shay zheh ness,” means “place of new beginnings.” A script logo next to the door states that theme, extended on the website: “We believe food brings people together.”

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The theme for this week is restaurants whose names begin with the letter “M.” With recent re-openings, there are some really good opportunities in that category. These are chef-owned, food-driven establishments. Seating is limited everywhere, so reservations are a really good idea.

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Unlike our childish, mean-spirited president who thrives on name-calling and social unrest, I never intend to stir up controversy with my words. And yet, last week, my column, “Cooper’s Shell Game Could Ruin Us,” did just that. Not long after YES! Weekly publisher Charles Womack posted my co…

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Flip Wilson was arguably one of the most popular comedians of the 1960s and 1970s, and his signature routine was about how most Christians never take responsibility for their sins. Their excuse, he would say is, “the Devil made me do it.”  The fact is, none of us like to own up to our mistak…

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Rather than begin this week’s column with dessert, I’m going to put in my proverbial two cents worth of advice to policy makers, restaurant management, and patrons regarding a way to improve things: outdoor seating. Sidewalk or patio tables and chairs, placed at an appropriate distance, woul…

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Dudley High School and Wake Forest University each lost a good friend recently, and their loss was felt throughout the Triad, and far beyond. Harlem Globetrotter legend Freddie “Curly” Neal passed away on March 26, at the age of 77, and legendary basketball coach Carl Tacy lost his battle wi…

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To this day, Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) is regarded as the greatest mime ever. He may well be the only performer to have attained superstar status in that realm of performance art. Yet before reaching fame on an international scale, he distinguished himself as a hero in the French Resistance…

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I may not be good at very many things, but I’ve always been pretty good with words, so it is particularly frustrating to me that I can’t find just the right word to describe Sen. Richard Burr. “Congenial” comes to mind because that’s what he is whenever you meet him in person. “Humble” is an…

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Have you noticed that seafood boil restaurants are all the rage right now? They are popping up everywhere—and I’m not complaining! Greensboro’s most recent addition to the genre is Crazy Crab, and it’s really something special. 

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The senior pastor at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro has no interest in saving my soul.

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A married couple of cosmetologists/estheticians have started an esthetics school in Kernersville that caters to students’ financial needs as well as offers low-cost spa services to the public. Corey and Julie Barham are both cosmetologists, instructors, salon co-owners and the co-owners of t…

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Writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis makes an auspicious feature debut with Swallow, a film that operates on – and succeeds on – numerous levels. It’s a psychological drama, a character study, a subtle social satire, a queasy thriller, and an allegory on addiction and female empowerment. Th…

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Last week, this publication paid tribute to “Wonder Women of the Triad,” of which there are many. In fact, our area is not only replete with female leaders of various businesses and organizations, but we also have a pretty good track record of electing women to public office. Greensboro has …

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With the 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival on the horizon, another local film organization – the Triad Film Collective – will also be celebrating cinema, as it presents its second annual short film showcase on March 12 at Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem.