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I have just returned from my fifth mission trip. Three trips were international and two were local.

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Thursday 05/26/2016
Column: Animals in a simple, endless quest
Posted: May 26, 2016

I’ve been watching animals all my life. When I was a boy, I cataloged all the different birds I could find. When I saw one I didn’t recognize, I scribbled a description and looked it up when I went to the library – which was often.

Letters to the Editor: Civil, moral rights violated by Obama
Posted: May 26, 2016

Our President (Mr. Obama) calls himself a Christian, yet he continues to support abortions.

Wednesday 05/25/2016
Column: Get to Ayden before it’s too late
Posted: May 25, 2016

Can a Louisiana food writer tell us something about North Carolina barbecue that we did not already know?

Letters to the Editor: Do you believe in our Constitution or not?
Posted: May 25, 2016

As Lincoln said America is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Our current on-going election process is illustrating why the two-party system is a cancer on our Constitution.

Monday 05/23/2016
Column: Reuse and recycle begins in every room of your house
Posted: May 23, 2016

Catawba County continues to be North Carolina’s leader in the amount of material recycled, per person. We have been ranked first in the state for three of the last four years.

Letters to the Editor: Reaction to Ducharme’s letter
Posted: May 23, 2016

When I first read Herbert Ducharme's letter I thought it was a satire. Then it became clear that he is serious.

Sunday 05/22/2016
Column: State economy getting more private
Posted: May 22, 2016

RALEIGH — If we want North Carolina to grow and develop robustly, we have to raise taxes and use the money to “invest” in education, Medicaid, infrastructure, and other public services.

Letters to the Editor: More on HB2
Posted: May 22, 2016

People do need to stand up for what is right. People should also be able to voice when something is not right.

Letters to the Editor: Warning not complete
Posted: May 22, 2016

Reading Lee Brinson's "Frightening Possibilities Of The Environment" has scared me straight on global warming, aka climate change. The ghostly specter of Al Gore is now seen wandering in my neighborhood moaning and clutching his Nobel Peace Prize, and I sleep with a bailing bucket and water wings.

Column: Q&A - How not to interact with wildlife
Posted: May 22, 2016

It’s a global epidemic: Knuckleheads interacting inappropriately with wildlife.

Friday 05/20/2016
The next big high-tech product: Why Concord?
Posted: May 20, 2016

Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, N.C., as the site of its operations, rather than some other place anywhere in the world?

Thursday 05/19/2016
Column: Park amenities are appreciated
Posted: May 19, 2016

Sunday was so beautiful, we took off to higher elevations. We ended up at Lake James State Park, the Paddy's Creek section. It's a great place to spend a quiet or energetic afternoon.

Column: Trump tries to comfort the skittish womenfolk
Posted: May 19, 2016

In his interview with the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night, Donald Trump tried to pull off a win-win straight out of "The Art of the Deal": at once trying to prove that he was a friend of women and that no woman gets the best of him. It's not clear how well he succeeded, but he was able to put an end to his feud with a star newswoman and make nice with a network he will need in the general election.

Monday 05/16/2016
Column: Rabies clinics scheduled across the county through summer
Posted: May 16, 2016

Regular readers of this column know I focus occasionally on the dangers of rabies. I have strong empathy for pet owners who must make tough decisions about a pet’s future. The kind of decision forced on someone if their pet comes in contact with another animal that tests positive for rabies.

Column: Rebuilding ruins throughout the city
Posted: May 16, 2016

We see them every day; those derelict, vacant buildings that stand as the ruins of Hickory’s past life.

Wednesday 05/11/2016
Column: The face in the mirror is the real power
Posted: May 11, 2016

I shuffle between amusement and dismay at those who want to stick it to “The Man.” You know, the people who want to spit in the eye of authority. They include those who would lead us into battle against the wielders of power.

Saturday 05/07/2016
Column: Being motherless on Mother's Day never gets easier
Updated: May 07, 2016 - 10:59 pm

On March 2, 2002, I was playing with toys that fart in a Spencer Gifts when my mom called me. She just wanted to say hi and tell me she loved me. At the time, we'd been fighting quite a bit. I was 14, and she was addicted to prescription painkillers. Both of us were hard to deal with.

Column: Tax choices define policy options
Updated: May 07, 2016 - 10:58 pm

RALEIGH — Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant, and underappreciated.

Friday 05/06/2016
Letters to the Editor: Thank you to all who helped Larry live a full life
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 11:32 pm

The family of Larry G. Pope wishes to thank the Hickory Daily Record for the memoriam recognizing Larry’s community involvement as printed on the front page of the Hickory Daily Record on April 21.  The article was most unexpected but very much appreciated.  To those who contributed to the article, “thank you.”  

Column: Unhinged McCrory, more bad news from business leaders, and the feds weigh in
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 11:33 pm

The sweeping anti-LGBT law HB2 dominated the news in Raleigh for another week, as backroom discussions about changing the discrimination law that’s damaging North Carolina were interrupted by a letter Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Justice advising state officials that the law violated the Civil Rights Act and federal education law.

Thursday 05/05/2016
Column: Republicans can drag democracy down with them
Posted: May 05, 2016

Donald Trump's pending presidential nomination has confirmed what many have argued for years: The Republican Party is not well.

Column: Monkey Action News Team investigates the great escape
Posted: May 05, 2016

I received this urgent request for the Monkey Action Team’s assistance via electronic mail from Jennifer, a reader who resides in parts unknown (though she makes it clear that wherever she is, she has a couch):

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Column: Charles Deal was a fine newsman, friend
Posted: May 04, 2016

I admired Charles Deal.

Letters to the Editor: "Leaders should be informed about climate change"
Posted: May 04, 2016

Leaders should be informed about climate change

Monday 05/02/2016
Letters to the Editor: 'Not for the corporation'
Posted: May 02, 2016

Not for the corporation

Column: Air quality action days likely to return soon
Posted: May 02, 2016

It’s time again to think about ways to reduce ozone pollution. Daily ozone forecasts resumed at the start of April, but the months when the conditions are best to bring ozone readings to dangerous levels are just beginning. As I write this, the Hickory area had recorded “moderate” ozone levels for two straight days.

Saturday 04/30/2016
Column: Road policies deserve attention
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 7:19 pm

RALEIGH — When you ask North Carolina voters to name the top election issue in state politics, the most common answer — unless we are in the midst of a recession — is education.

Column: Demagoguery is the challenge of our time
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 7:18 pm

The following is an adaptation of an address to the University of Michigan's class of 2016.

Friday 04/29/2016
Column: Cruz picks dream team but can't escape reality
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:52 pm

What a day: On Wednesday, we got to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduce his imaginary friend and vice-presidential pick, Carly Fiorina, to jump-start his imaginary path to the White House. We were also treated to Donald Trump's jumbled foreign policy speech that invoked the Nazi-appeasing America First movement of the 1930s.

Column: McCrory can’t seem to tell the truth about HB2
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Another week, another round of falsehoods from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2, the sweeping anti-LBGT law HB2 he signed last month that is costing the state thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in private investments and tourism revenue.

Column: How racism and bias criminalized marijuana
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

The Controlled Substances Act is not outdated. It is a law structured in a way meant to protect science, medicine, patients and the public. It is not absolutist. It has an administrative structure built into it to control for mistakes, new scientific discoveries and even evolving public or medical understanding.

Column: Bikers, young’uns and snakes on a Saturday afternoon
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

In the tourist town of Lake Lure in the shadow of Chimney Rock, there’s a funky little screened-in bar and grill, part of a roadside lodging establishment on the banks of the Rocky Broad River.

Letters to the Editor: Response to ‘Year of the Outsider’ letter
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:49 pm

In “Year of the Outsider” (letter, 4-23-16), David Turman argues that, “Insider versus outsider is not the answer.  Unless a president has the luxury of strong majorities in both the House and Senate, little to nothing gets done without compromise.”  

Letters to the Editor: ‘Stand up for what is right’
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:48 pm

The first principle of business: Always, always, protect the brand.

Column: Experience highly rates law officers
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:47 pm

I caught a mere glimpse of a news report on TV the other morning about a police department wanting parents to tell their children that cops aren’t the enemy, they’re the good guys. I think it was part of an overall program to improve police relations with the community.

Column: Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:44 pm

Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon?

Letters to the Editor: Response to Medicare article
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 10:44 pm

This letter is in response to the article “Medicare’s ‘innovation center’ rebalancing quality, cost” published April 18 in the Hickory Daily Record via The Associated Press.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Letters to the Editor: HPS, CCS revolving door at top
Posted: April 26, 2016

Having spent 23 years as a teacher in the Hickory area, I'd like to express my concern with the constant turnover at the top of both Hickory Public Schools and now Catawba County Schools.

Column: How to be presidential, the Donald Trump way
Posted: April 26, 2016

If in the early hours of a Saturday morning, there's a traffic jam in your neighborhood, it won't be because it's the opening day of the county fair. These days, it's more likely to be Donald Trump.

Sunday 04/24/2016
Letters to the Editor: Kenworth clean-up
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:47 am

Today a small group of dedicated Kenworth neighbors met at Christ Lutheran Church and armed with orange / blue bags did a sweep of the Kenworth Neighborhood.

Column: Two ways forward on HB2
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:46 am

RALEIGH — Is there any way for the opposing sides debating North Carolina’s House Bill 2 to move beyond the current impasse? The odds may be against it. But on two outstanding matters, in particular — access to state courts and access to public restrooms — I think action is possible.

Letters to the Editor: ‘Congress and political hacks are the problem’
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:32 am

Why are sitting congressmen running for president telling us they can fix what is wrong with the country? Congress and political hacks are the problem. Ergo, they cannot be the solution.

Column: Fire in Fayetteville leaves a gap in Chapel Hill
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:34 am

Why did a fire in Fayetteville cause a panic in Chapel Hill?

Letters to the Editor: Glad HB2 signed into law
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:35 am

I appreciate Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly for signing HB2 into law and overturning Charlotte’s harmful Bathroom Ordinance for the protection of businesses, women, and children in North Carolina.

Column: Everything you need to know about Chinese space mice
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:39 am

In science news, China has developed space mice – or is at least well on its way to developing space mice.

Column: Hubris made Volkswagen settle with the U.S.
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:38 am

Volkswagen is apparently setting aside $10 billion to settle all U.S. claims against it for cheating on emission tests. As part of the settlement, it's offering American VW owners $5,000 each or a buyback of their cars. If a deal with U.S. regulators and plaintiffs has indeed been reached on these terms, it's a high price to pay to maintain a presence in a relatively unimportant market, especially since paying it will result in losses to its reputation in bigger markets.

Column: It’s not about bathrooms; it’s about a last stand against LGBT rights
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:40 am

Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other supporters of HB2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, are desperately still trying to convince us that it’s all about bathroom safety, protecting children from sexual predators masquerading as transgender males.

Column: County government month spotlights a variety of services
Updated: April 24, 2016 - 12:31 am

Week three of County Government Month continues to shine a light on the many services offered by Catawba County including some that are related to this year’s theme, “Safe and Secure Counties.”

Letters to the Editor: ‘You didn’t fool this one’
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 11:34 pm

I think the legislators and governor of North Carolina should be proud of themselves for lowering my payroll income tax.