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In Aurora climate change is not decades away. It is here, now, and it has flooded my church twice in the last decade. As a minister at St. Paul AME Zion Church and a former marine biologist, I see firsthand the effects of climate change on God’s human and marine creation. I also see the immediate need for resilient policies and institutions that will protect these people and places that I, and my Creator, care for so deeply.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

There are three presidential debates scheduled before the Nov. 3 election. The first will be on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The second will be on Oct. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. And the third will be on Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville.

Why would you not want to see a presidential debate? A debate where you can see how a candidate thinks on their feet and how they handle themselves in a potentially stressful environment.

Friday, August 07, 2020

There’s a little uncertainty about the ceremony for renominating President Trump during the Republican National Convention in Charlotte later this month. On Saturday, a GOP spokeswoman said it would be conducted in private, without members of the press present. She cited the coronavirus as the reason.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

There’s a little uncertainty about the ceremony for renominating President Trump during the Republican National Convention in Charlotte later this month. On Saturday, a GOP spokeswoman said it would be conducted in private, without members of the press present. She cited the coronavirus as the reason.

Peter Hans officially became president of the UNC University System on Monday. One of his first official acts was to send a message to the employees of our state-supported universities. We thought it significant enough to share with you.

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As if the COVID crisis and economic recession weren’t bad enough, here’s some more bad news to process: homicide rates are spiking in many North Carolina communities.

Thursday, August 06, 2020
Wednesday, August 05, 2020

There is very little new under the sun. The monument and statue destruction that we are witnessing has been witnessed in other times and other places. A tyrant’s first battlefield is to rewrite history. Most notable were the political purges of Joseph Stalin. The Soviet government erased figures from Soviet history by renaming cities — such as the Imperial capital of St. Petersburg to Petrograd and Leningrad and Stalingrad — and eradicating memories of czarist rule. Stalin’s historical revisions also included changing photographs and history books, thereby distorting children’s learning within educational establishments.

When baby boomers protested the ills of society in the 1960s, we didn’t trust anybody over 30. Now that we’re in our 60s and 70s, we don’t seem to trust anybody under 70.

I predict that a vaccine for the coronavirus will be found, at least one will publicized, shortly before the election. It may turn out to be a hoax, but that won’t matter once the election is over.

Marjorie and I have lived, or rather survived, under 14 presidents — seven Democrats and seven Republicans — dating back to Herbert Hoover who took the hit for the world depression which began in Europe.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Buckle up. The next six months are going to provide a show — a comedic tragedy America has never previously witnessed. It will be acted out amid protests, a pandemic, an election, and an economy in turmoil. The show’s star, of course, will be our president, Donald Trump as himself.

At the moment, Congress has two tasks more important than any others: Providing the resources and leadership needed to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping the country climb out of the deep recession that the pandemic triggered. Sadly, the coronavirus relief package from Senate Republicans falls far short on both fronts.

As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county-commission races in North Carolina. But I am. I’m just that weird.

The Daily Advance published a cartoon on the opinion page of its July 31-Aug 1 edition showing an elephant and donkey aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter named “US Congress” cursing over which would throw a life preserver overboard to rescue a drowning individual.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

An article in Politico got a lot of buzz in Washington, D.C., by reporting that Sen. Kamala Harris might not be a very strong front-runner, or even a front-runner at all, in the Democratic vice presidential selection race. Politico reported that 76-year-old former Sen. Chris Dodd, a member of 77-year-old former Sen. Joe Biden’s VP selection committee, was unhappy that Harris showed “no remorse” for her rough attacks on Biden during the Democratic presidential primary season.

Asheville City Council members are to be commended for the historic and courageous move they took July 14 when they approved a resolution that calls for reparations for Black Ashevillians and issued an apology for the city’s role in the enslavement of Black people.