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Donald J. Ross and Gen. George Catlett Marshall Jr. are the two most famous residents of Pinehurst. They were contemporaries. Ross was born in 1872 in Dornoch, Scotland, and died in 1948. Marshall was born in Uniontown, Pa., in 1880 and died in 1959.

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There is a déjà vu quality to current deliberations about the future of the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives. In Pinehurst, one gets the feeling that when it comes to the Given Library’s future, we seem to always be going around in circles.

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Recently on a flight from Portland, Ore., to Ontario, Calif., I had a weird experience. I was walking down the aisle of the plane, heading back toward the restroom, when my brain received a message that told me, “You’re not going to reach the end of this aisle.” I had never had such an exper…

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Herbert Spencer, probably the most famous philosopher of his age, observed that, “Architecture, sculpture, painting, music and poetry, may truly be called the efflorescence of civilized life.” He also rightly concluded that “Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts — as the one w…

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I recently returned from a trip covering three states including Massachusetts, where I had an enjoyable lunch with Mike and Kitty Dukakis. Mike was the Democratic candidate for president in 1988 who lost to the late President George Herbert Walker Bush.

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Canada geese, often mistakenly called Canadian geese, are a valuable natural resource that provide enjoyment to bird watchers, hunters and the public. The sight of their loud honking V-formations always brings a certain thrill. Their distinctive calls define the changing seasons.

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North America’s whitetail deer population was an estimated 20 million when the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. There are 30 recognized subspecies. Since then, millions of acres of wildlife habitat have disappeared as forests were cleared for farming, homes and industry. North Carolina’s e…

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In Pinehurst we have bronze statues of great men, most of whom were associated with golf. They include Donald Ross, who stands in the center of the village and behind famed Pinehurst Golf Course No. 2. He is joined there by Payne Stewart, winner of the 1999 U.S. Open; Richard Tufts, presiden…

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“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy,” John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, in May 1780. “My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy and geography, natural history, naval architecture, to give their children a right to stu…

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For many more years than I can count on my fingers, I have been writing about the deadly intersection of political malfeasance on the issue of guns — and the predictable deaths of innocent, and often young, Americans from powerful deadly weapons owned by the wrong people.

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The Oct. 16 New Yorker magazine’s cover was blood-red and featured illustrations of black bullets. On each bullet, in white lettering, there was the name of someone who died from guns in America on Oct. 1, 2017.

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Whether he is loudly equating American Nazis’ misbehavior with that of decent Americans who opposed white supremacists’ actions (including the murder of an innocent young woman) in Charlottesville, or announcing a new Afghan War strategy, our golden-haired leader prefers to rant and rave.

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The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, were triggered in part by protests against the removal of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue.

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For 32 years, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. has been regarded by friends and foes alike as a competent political leader of even temperament. Senators cite him for tenacity and courage.

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When I served as historian of the Pinehurst Country Club, I relied upon the rich resources of the Tufts Archives to learn about the fascinating history of the famed golf courses created by Donald Ross under the aegis of several generations of the Tufts family.

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Using large cranes, New Orleans has been physically removing from prominent public places three venerable statues honoring the Confederate Civil War heroes Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard.

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Under federal law (the 1992 JFK Records Act), the U.S. government was given 25 years to make public certain files that had been kept from the American public after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Before President Barack Obama left office, many requested that he pardon Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is now facing a possible life sentence at Fort Bragg on charges of desertion and misbehavior while stationed in Afghanistan.

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A few years ago, Gary Player sent me his thoughts about Donald Ross, the golf course architect who had built his career in Pinehurst. Gary wrote, “I think Donald Ross did more for the golf industry than any other American golf course architect.”

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Recently I received from my publisher a copy of the book my late wife B.J. Dunn and I authored: “Great Donald Ross Golf Courses Everyone Can Play — Second Edition.” In it I rediscovered that golf has long enjoyed a prominent place in the lives of American presidents.

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“The Bonfire of the Vanities” was a hugely successful story about ambition, social class, racism, politics and greed, by writer Tom Wolfe, which ran in serial form for 27 installments in Rolling Stone starting in 1984. It later became a best-selling novel and film.

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As outgoing president Barack Obama, having delivered his Farewell Address, prepares to leave public office after eight years of remarkable service, this citizen believes he deserves a big “Thank You” from the American people.

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The year 2022 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Donald Ross. As the author of two books about Ross and the golf courses he designed, I believe the golf world would welcome a sesquicentennial celebration of his life.

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In his performance in the one and only vice-presidential debate, former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence attempted mightily to defend Donald Trump’s actions and outrageous statements made over the course of the campaign.