Op-Ed

Glad I started a year ago

I was at the gym working out. Music was playing over the gym’s sound system. I enjoy the beat of the music, but honestly, I hardly understood a word of the songs being sung. I don’t know if it is today’s popular music, or my old age hearing loss. It’s probably both.

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Op-Ed

Saying goodbye to the autoharp

I’m giving up the autoharp — and I know what you’re thinking: giving up an instrument to which one has devoted years of practice and playing sounds devastating, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not quite as traumatic as it sounds because the truth is: I’ve never actually played the autoharp; I’ve just fantasized about playing it. So, technically, what I’m giving up is a dream.

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Op-Ed

Is it okay to be lost?

“It’s okay to be lost.” That’s a line from a Facebook commercial I saw on TV a couple of times this past weekend while watching college football. The commercial was advertising for Facebook Groups, and the group highlighted in the commercial was called “Not Wasting My Twenties.”

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Op-Ed

Merrick — an inspiration to his race

Since the First John Merrick Memorial Tribute a decade ago on Sept. 7, 2011, efforts have continued to make the Sampson County community more aware of the life and accomplishments of John Merrick. The most recent event designed to generate more awareness about John Merrick, while celebrating his numerous achievements and growing legacy, was the Second John Merrick Memorial Tribute held on last Tuesday evening at the historic First Baptist Church, here in Clinton.

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Op-Ed

You can’t fix stupid

Comedian Ron White traveled some a few years ago with the very successful and funny Red Neck Comedy Tour. The tour was headlined by Jeff Foxworthy, the “You might be a redneck if …” guy. Ron White had his own catchphrase. He would end a joke about someone doing something dumb by saying, “You can’t fix stupid!” He often would add, “You can’t fix stupid. There’s not a pill you can take, or a class you can go to.”

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Op-Ed

A family above the law

OxyContin is a brand name for the opioid drug oxycodone. OxyContin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 1995. OxyContin was owned by the Sackler family. The FDA official who approved the marketing of OxyContin quickly left government and went to work for the Sacklers at a first year compensation of nearly $400,000.

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