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Thursday marked one year since the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic. It has been a year of loss, sacrifice and hardship for most Americans. Union County has suffered its share of suffering and loss with more than 21,000 confirmed cases of the virus…

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Among President Biden’s first day executive actions is one that promised to tackle climate change, a primary concern of Congress. Included as part of the Biden administration’s climate change objectives are rejoining the Paris Agreement and leading what the administration called a clean ener…

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His fans knew it was coming, but they were still crushed to hear the news that Rush Limbaugh had died.

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In an emotional moment among emotional moments, lead House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) shared the story of a Black Capitol police officer and the racist abuse he endured when a mob with murder on its mind sacked the seat of government last month.

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“You teach English? I’d better be careful how I talk around you!” As someone who teaches English language and literature, I hear this a lot. It’s discomfiting and not particularly flattering to think of myself as a vigilante school marm, ruler in hand, ready to bust up grammatical offenses l…

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Joe Biden didn’t have to do a lot with his inaugural address Wednesday, just deliver a concise, clear speech that somehow knit together the soul of a deeply fractured nation. He needed to offer healing and comfort to the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose lives have been ripped apart b…

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Everyone should be outraged at Democrats and Republicans for the damage they’ve done to the country during the last year.

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The domestic terrorism that we witnessed Wednesday was always bound to happen. The feral creature who nurtured it had long signaled us that it was coming.

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Now that we are well into the month of December, my three teenage daughters have provided me with their extensive Christmas lists — both electronic and hard copies — in triplicate. Full of the typical objects of adolescent desires like designer clothing, electronics, jewelry, and luxury vehi…

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump released a video of himself standing behind a podium in the White House’s Diplomatic Room, where he delivered what he claimed was the “most important speech” of his presidency.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Todd Johnson is a N.C. State Senator who has unofficially won a second term for the District 35 seat, which includes most of Union County. The former Union County Commissioner has submitted an op-ed for publication in The Enquirer-Journal.

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Sure, we didn’t know who won right away, or the next day, or the day after that, but we still learned quite a bit from the election.

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Veterans Day parades? Veterans Day school essays? Veterans Day ceremonies on the courthouse lawn? Star-spangled Veterans Day memes on social media? Platitude-enhanced newspaper editorials?

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October 14, 2020: Obamacare

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The arts have always been a vehicle for human expression, sometimes reflecting reality or perception, sometimes provoking and antagonistic, sometimes fantastical and . . . well . . . weird. The highest calling of the arts, however, is to show us a better way, to uphold truth, virtue, and bea…

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Lots of people in politics and the media out here in California are blaming global warming for the 26 major wildfires that have killed at least 24, burned more than 3 million acres and destroyed thousands of homes.

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Climate Change, global warming, environment, California, wildfires. Oregon, Washington state

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Labor Day kicks off the final stretch toward the Election Day showdown between incumbent President Donald Trump and the Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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I am an only child, because my parents had me later in their lives (plus, they said a colicky baby was an effective form of birth control). Growing up, I spent a lot of time creating my own fun because there were few kids in my neighborhood and eventually they all moved away.

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Because of COVID-19 fears, several Major League Baseball players opted out for 2020. Others remained active but have since gone on the Injured List with discomfort or tenderness in various limbs. Players and dinosaur fans from earlier eras rejected discomfort and tenderness as legitimate injuries.

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Have very good reasons to be worried about catching the coronavirus.