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    Thirty years ago this month, former N.C. State Basketball Coach Jim Valvano gave one of the greatest speeches ever given in the history of sport. While dying from cancer, he accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s Espy Awards.


    I recently watched the video of the County Commissioners' pre-agenda meeting posted online by Burke County Commissioner Phil Smith, and was very dismayed. It appears we now have a County Commissioner who is using his position to redefine words at the risk of avoiding social progress. Smith s…

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading in Sunday’s News Herald (Commissioner Questions equity training, 01/08/2023) was serious; so I checked to see if the author was Scott Hollifield, presenting one of his hilarious, tongue-in-cheek screeds. Nope! A new Burke County Commissioner, Phil Smith,…

    I understand that there are legitimate and deeply felt views on the issue of abortion. I believe that it would be good for us as a community/country to realize that people feel deeply about the issue and both sides have important concerns. That would mean respecting and listening to each oth…

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