Ban assault weapons

         
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The Green Party’s Catfish gambit

Jill Stein, running for U.S. president as the leader of the Green Party, seems like a lovely woman. But her candidacy does no one any favors. It’s not that I fear she’ll edge us toward a Drumpf White House, with all the horror that entails. Unlike her Green Party predecessor, Ralph Nader, in 2000, she’s still
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A bathroom break

Shakespeare famously wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” A question North Carolinians are asking is why our state legislature is so focused on the stage that is public bathrooms. Full disclosure: I’m stealing this opening from a friend, the writer Jenn Bishop. While we were pursuing writing degrees together at the Vermont College of Fine
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Who will sound the alarm?

In a packed Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West campus, a distinguished older gentleman stood to speak. On stage was Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of Charleston Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, shot by a racist on June 17, 2015. Pinckney, a state senator, was leading bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church. With him died eight
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Fancy Gap Dilemma

Heading south on I-77 the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I had what I call the Fancy Gap Dilemma. I’d been driving for many hours. A heavy mist erased the lanes. Paired with the early dark of winter, the mountains would have been invisible but for the ups and downs of the road and often sharp curves.
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“The fierce urgency of now”: gun control

My wonderful colleague Joy Olson, the executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), posted this to her public Facebook page on January 6. It’s her account of President Barack Obama’s historic announcement on gun control on January 5. Yesterday I had an experience that will stick with me. I was at the White House
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Revision

Sometimes, revision is just about creating new problems to fix (note empty card on Scrivener screen shot).  
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Peculiar Motion

I’m thrilled to announce the March 11, 2016, release of my new (and FIRST) poetry collection, Peculiar Motion. The book will be released by Finishing Line Press, an award-winning small press out of Georgetown, Kentucky. Please preorder if interested (more preorders means a bigger press run!) by contacting them at flpbookstore@aol.com. Two wonderful poets, Jennifer Gresham
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Hope for Glenn — and refugees

Every Sunday evening this fall, you’ll find me clutching a cabernet in The Tavern’s back room as I watch “The Walking Dead.” Fans know this story isn’t really about zombies. What keeps us hooked is how the characters react to the zombies and struggle to retain their humanity in the apocalypse. The zombie has a
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Sheltering refugees is who we are as Americans

BY DAVID H. SCHANZER AND ROBIN KIRK The call by politicians across the country, including Gov. Pat McCrory, to halt the admission of refugees from the Syrian civil war is a travesty. This ill-considered decision strengthens the politics of fear that ISIS spreads, undercuts our long-term efforts to combat extremism and abandons long-standing American values
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