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RALEIGH — As established in the federal Constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope. It is neither. Washington … more
A Republican friend of mine was down in the dumps after the 2008 election. Democrats had won the White House, both houses of Congress and, in North Carolina, the U.S. Senate race, the governor’s … more
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, father of four young children, has signed a landmark bill that should serve as a wake-up call for educators and lawmakers across the nation. The measure addresses … more
Unless there’s some dramatic change in the political landscape over the next month or so, I believe that the U.S. House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump. Unless there’s … more
I recently received a letter that began, “Dear Fellow Student of History.” With a salutation like that, you know you are getting a fundraising appeal. The letter from Jim Lighthizer of the … more
I haven’t been right for almost 6 months now. Depending on whom you might ask, they may say either “It’s been much longer than that” or “How would anyone know?” You see, the last time … more
It’s no big secret that I am not a North Carolina native. I’ve lived here for almost 10 years. I wasn’t one of those folks who move from a northern place to North Carolina and try to make … more
Our friends from the patch are everywhere! What permeates many aspects of our culture this time of the year? Why, pumpkins, of course, those glorified gourds that are unapologetically orange and … more
RALEIGH — If you think very rich people pay a lower share of their income in taxes than you do, you are very likely to vote for Democrats and to support a range of government interventions in the … more
The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and superintendent for public instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education … more
What and how you express your beingness is the key to living your life’s purpose. Eckhart Tolle teaches “the modalities of awakened doing are acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm. Each one … more
I believe in the power of prayer. I have felt the energy change in a room when a group of people come together to ask God for provision, protection, direction and miracles. I have felt the peace … more
Picture it: It’s mid-July and 98 degrees, two screaming toddlers who need naps, one tired mama, and grocery shopping absolutely has to be done. I was that mama. The last thing I wanted to do … more
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, “he said, she said,” is quickly becoming, “she said, he cringed and remained silent.” Another variation is, “she said, he apologized profusely and then … more
My late mother used to tell me, “Be careful what you wish for; it may come true.” Her advice has relevance for today with all the talk about the possibility of an upcoming recession. I’m … more
Although I seldom have time to watch TV interviews on the morning news while I’m getting ready for work, last week I overheard a guest who sounded as if he was blaming those he thought responsible … more
RALEIGH — In 2012, 92% of North Carolina workers commuted to their place of employment by automobile. By 2018, that share had dipped to 90%. But before mass-transit advocates get excited, I … more
There’s a lot of confusion these days about what charter schools are and what they aren’t. Some of the confusion is sewn deliberately by people who don’t like the idea of parents having a … more
I may have discovered the real reason people living in blue states don’t contribute as much to charity as those living in red states. It’s not that they are hypocrites whose compassion doesn’t … more
A few weeks ago, I came across an article on WRAL-TV’s website that left me scratching my head.   In July of 2018, an illegal immigrant named Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar was arrested in … more
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