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Fear. Fear has gripped us all in one way or another during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns about COVID-19 encourage people to stay physically distant, especially when and in those places we think the virus may be present, and those fears may be keeping sick people away from hospitals.

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Our United States Constitution guarantees Americans many rights, most notably those contained in the Bill of Rights. The right of every eligible citizen to vote is fundamental to our democracy…

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There has been a lot of debate over the years on the Town Link Trail in Charlotte. Much of that debate has included the constructive give-and-take that is the hallmark of a healthy democratic …

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The loss of a prom is an odd thing. Prom is an event that – through movies, TV and memories shared by the previous generation, has joined American mythology.

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We are now two months into the societal shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it honestly feels much longer.

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On Saturday morning, the fire in the wood stove snuffed itself out. The day then rolled in, warm and bright. It continued through a hot Sunday as well. The sun warmed our bones.

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In a society driven by high-speed technology and worship of the “new,” few phrases have the enduring positive impact in the American lexicon as one that seemingly stands in a different era: vi…

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In 1981, I was with friends celebrating the Fourth of July weekend at New York’s Fire Island Pines gay enclave when life changed.

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Amid the vital and often heart-wrenching news about the current pandemic, it might be easy to lose sight of a significant milestone that happens next week.

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Just about two weeks ago, most of us were barely aware of the spreading COVID-19 across Asia and Europe. It was so far away.

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Even before this “corona moment,” poetry was having a moment. It seemed like The New York Times had an article every other day: Elizabeth Warren with a poet on her campaign staff, Astro-Poets …

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Writing a column during a pandemic is an exercise in doing what’s not important. So much in my life these days pales in comparison to what’s going on in my town, my state, my country and my wo…

The ongoing pressure of being a parent is hard. It is super hard. The choices we as parents and caregivers make now will have an impact on the rest of our children’s lives.

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The ubiquitous news regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to pervade our consciousness. The Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Emergency Management, and the various health ca…

Kittens. This is an experiment to see how many people really care about kittens.

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