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When millions of Americans fear a virus, when millions lose their jobs overnight and when millions are told to stay home, you can bet we’re in for a political revolution. Or revolutions. Look … more
Is the Corona 19 virus the result of a plot by the Chinese to bring down the United States? Or is it a plot by the United States to punish China? Knowing that some of us are prone to believe … more
Does North Carolina lock up too many people? I’ve long thought so. I’ve advocated criminal justice reforms that employ intensive parole and probation, restitution and other alternatives to … more
Forget air fryers and Snapchat filters, social distancing is the new trend of 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic now upon us, we are facing many transitions. Schools are shifting to online lessons, … more
The last two weeks have highlighted exactly how competitive North Carolina will be in November. For those of us who have lived and breathed politics, it’s no surprise. Still, we’re in for … more
Fearing persecution from the Roman Empire, early Christians huddled together in private homes to pray and study the Scriptures. Nearly two centuries later, the coronavirus pandemic and its sweeping … more
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has changed our lives, our culture, our habits, our relationships and our economy more than any other event in my memory, and it’s not over yet. The threat is … more
We began the Lenten season with a story of Jesus in the wilderness. We may have it in our heads that it was his choice, but the writer of the second Gospel is clear that it was not some conscious … more
What different times we are experiencing now! All of us can feel what Ariel referred to in Shakespeare’s last play, “The Tempest.” Ariel sang about suffering a “sea-change, into something … more
I’m tired. You would think with all this stuff about staying at home and not doing anything, I would be well rested. I’m not. Nowhere close to it. I truly believe that now that I am doing … more
As a kid, my nightly routine was to go to bed around 9 p.m. and turn off the TV at 10. My mom was always asleep by 11 p.m., and at 11:30, I turned the TV back on. On weeknights, I watched Johnny … more
The late television comedian Jack Benny was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money. On one show he was approached by a robber, who pointed a gun at him and said, … more
Greetings. I have been away from writing for a few weeks now because I have been settling into my new home. I know that these are trying times for everyone across the planet. We have been asked … more
Around the U.S., “essential” workers are going to work every day and doing their jobs, COVID-19 pandemic or not. Factory workers are producing things. Truck and delivery drivers are transporting … more
RALEIGH — As painful as it is to live under North Carolina’s partial lockdown, just imagine how much worse it would be if the COVID-19 outbreak were happening before the advent of the … more
Our way of life has changed, and it will change again. Atlantic Christian College professors taught me to think ahead of current world events that will drag us into a new age. They graduated me into … more
Sept. 17, 2019, was a significant day in American economic history. On that day, the New York Federal Reserve began emergency cash infusions into the repurchasing market. This is the market banks use … more
I wish it hadn’t happened. Already, the losses have been jarring. And there is much more to come. But, as with other catastrophes, such as floods, hurricanes, fires, Sept. 11, recessions, … more
It had consultant stuff like “Prepare a compilation of major accomplishments” and “Cement relationships and understandings with legislators.” Then there was this: “Welcome a good … more
Over the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the … more
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