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August 25, 2019 - 36 minutes ago

What does a story told by a Jewish rabbi late last month at Chautauqua, N.Y., have to do with the North Carolina Board of Elections?

First a word about Chautauqua. Founded in 1874, it is the host to more than 100,000 visitors each summer. They participate in a series of lectures about religious,…


Tourism boost economy so boost tourism in return

August 25, 2019 - 36 minutes ago

The travel and tourism industry is one of the most mid-understood industries across our nation despite its huge contribution to the national economy.

The United States Travel Association reported that $1.1 trillion was spent by travelers to the U.S. in 2018, resulting in a $2.5 trillion output…


Throwing Goodwater after Bad

August 25, 2019 - 21 minutes ago

Badwater all starts as Goodwater.

Badwater Basin is the name of the lowest location in the United States, within Death Valley National Park. It is a saltpan valley 282 feet below sea level. If it wasn’t surrounded by mountains, it would flood Underwater.

It looks like a sea of ice in the hot…


Empty gas tank, broken gauge and you’re still on my mind

August 24, 2019

In the middle of a lake is no place to be powerless. But there is usually a measure of life-affirming experience that comes from running out of gas.

It was a long time ago, and I’m not sure if I was there or if I’ve just heard the story so many times. What I know happened is that the…