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Memorial Day is almost here, so I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the families of all who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for our country. Many people confuse this solemn occasion with Veterans Day, which celebrates all who served our country. Both are impo…


When I first heard that the Hickory Daily Record, my hometown newspaper, was moving to three-a-week print issues, I was saddened that the paper was moving in the direction of many local news sources — downsizing due to changing news and revenue markets. 

It has come to my attention that the FCC has recently granted approval for deregulation ( that permits telecommunication corporations to terminate their copper wire landline phone service and replac…

The passion of the newly elected Catawba County Board of Education member, Ms. Michelle Teague, for vetting books in the public school system is noteworthy, and the HDR gave it front-page exposure on Sunday, May 7. However, I feel great threats exist for our students. Here are a few:

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