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RALEIGH — If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter schools, open … more
Dear editor, This is an article I read as we approached Independence Day 2011. It sounds as if it was written for this Independence Day, 2020. The author was the Rev. Barry Howard, retired … more
I usually pepper my public presentations with some humor. After all, even I know economics can be a rather dull and dry subject. Injecting some jokes and laughter lightens the mood and makes me … more
An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, … more
These past few months have been difficult for many Americans, both economically and emotionally. The coronavirus has impacted the way we lead our daily lives, and that includes how we eat. With many … more
I had a conversation with a cousin a few days ago about fresh peaches. We both love them and, on more than one occasion, have shared a big basket between our two households. We both admitted that … more
All of us hope that we are fortunate enough to be able to have stable health and live independently in our retirement years. Oh wouldn’t it be nice to have that crystal ball? But life happens and … more
Police stormed Breonna Taylor’s apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood. The Louisville … more
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was shortlived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan. If you listen to some … more
Psalm 127:1 (ESV) “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” No task has eternal worth apart … more
As soon as he heard the news that a mob had torn down statues on the grounds of North Carolina’s State Capitol on the evening of June 19, Gov. Roy Cooper realized his mistake. He had not been … more
During the month of May, 38 states saw their unemployment rates drop as governments eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed more businesses to open and individuals return to work. In North … more
As they heaped praise on the Black Lives Matter movement, America’s big-city mayors were actively working to undermine it with harsh curfews that cut marches and rallies short. Minneapolis … more
A very important question: “Do I love justice only when I am being treated unjustly, and not when I am behaving unjustly?” Read that again, carefully. I’ve been blessed to live a long time, … more
Who would have thought in January, 2020, that a disease as scary or even scarier that cancer would pop on the scene and change the world? That has occurred and yet, there are many people in the … more
As North Carolina responds to the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to recognize that the effects are widespread and will be felt for months or even years to come. Small business owners and their … more
RALEIGH — Should Gov. Roy Cooper continue his current approach to reopening North Carolina’s shattered economy, speed up the pace to save more jobs and businesses or slow it down in … more
Should Fort Bragg keep on being Fort Bragg? Or do we need another name for North Carolina’s largest military base? I got my first lesson about that question in the summer of 1961 at ROTC … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online … more
RALEIGH — While announcing a cumbersome set of guidelines for schools to reopen in August, Gov. Roy Cooper pointedly made no promises about whether he will, in fact, allow North … more
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