Columnist: Stanley Peele

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 07:07 PM

To kill a pit bull dog

According to the N.C. Court of Appeals, the facts in the case of the State of North Carolina Vs. Gerberding are these:

In December 2012 Nester Gerberding and her brother Kevin lived together in a home in Durham with Tank, a pit bull dog. 


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

What are limits of free speech on the web?

Anthony Elonis, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, posted several messages on Facebook that were graphically violent rap lyrics.  The messages were about killing and mutilating his estranged wife, firing a weapon in kindergarten class and assaulting an FBI agent.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Twelve reasons we should be thankful

There are an infinite number of things we can be thankful for.  We can forget them when times are rough.  Here are some of the things we can be thankful for.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Brittany Maynard takes her own life

Brittany Maynard did exactly what she promised to do.  She caused a national debate about physician-assisted suicide.  A few months ago she told journalists that she planned to end her life November 1; and did exactly that.   She did so by swallowing lethal drugs allowed under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She was 29 years old.


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Contenders for Martin seat on Court of Appeals

A strange thing happened during the first week of August 2014.   The Martin seat on the NC Court of Appeals was vacated.  The election will be in the November general election. On the morning of Aug. 1, no candidate had filed for that seat.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

A judicial quagmire on Election Day

In November, the voters will face an extremely important appellate court race.  However, it will be a judicial quagmire: too many candidates!


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

Don’t let grievances hide ‘light of the world in you’

 “A Course in Miracles” is a book that has given spiritual guidance to people since 1976. It contains many lessons.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

The sad case of the confused canine

Once upon a time, not too long ago and not far away, in the State of Confusion, I was living in my home, minding my own business.

As a matter of fact, I was sleeping. Suddenly, in the late darkness of night, there is a tap-tap-tapping at the front door.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

The sad recent fate of historic Colonial Inn

No building is more beloved by the people of Hillsborough than the Colonial Inn.  It was built in 1838 and originally called the Orange Hotel.  Folks recognized the special nature of the hotel right off the bat.  Here is part of an ad that was published by the original owner, Isaac Spencer: 


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Pilot Mountain, an iconic and beloved landmark

Pilot Mountain is one of the most recognized mountains in the state. It dominates the scenery for miles around it. A twisting 2.5-mile road leads to the top.

But a bill now before North Carolina legislators would let state officials rent out the park for private use.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

The essence of forgiveness

In Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables,” Jean Valjean spends 19 years of his early life in prison.  After his release from prison, he is befriended by a bishop, who invites him into his home.  During the night, Jean Valjean wakes up, steals silver plates from the bishop, and flees.  He is caught.  The police bring him back to the bishop.  


Jul. 05, 2014 @ 03:23 PM

A tale of two fracking cases

Denton, Texas, is considering a permanent ban on fracking within the city limits.  While they are considering the matter, they have banned fracking.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 12:39 AM

A moment of enlightenment

This is the story of a woman named Cora.   She was the only child in her family, and love and affection had been lavished on her by her parents.   Her parents were not wealthy, yet they continued to support her, even after she graduated from college. She did not work for a living.


May. 24, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Solitary confinement and unexpected kindness

Atul Gawane wrote an article for the New Yorker about a man named Robert Felton who was imprisoned in solitary confinement for many years.  Felton was considered to be impulsive, incorrigible, violent and dangerous. 


May. 08, 2014 @ 12:33 AM

The mistreated Sherpas of the Himalayas

On April 18, an avalanche on Mount Everest killed 16 Himalayan Sherpas.

As a result, the Sherpas have threatened a boycott of Mount Everest, and have left the mountain for the season.

Good for them!