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What was the political climate 2,000 years ago in Palestine? Short answer: pretty much just like it is today, except for the occupation of a foreign empire, namely the Romans. I find this … more
If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down each Sunday, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the final season of “Game of Thrones.” And if, like me, you’re one of the … more
The pinhead-size dot on my right wrist is hardly noticeable, but it bookmarks a miracle. That dot marks the spot where cardiologists inserted a catheter into the artery just below the skin, then … more
Most of us have encountered words, catchphrases, statements or tunes that became stuck in our minds, like that song that we were unable to forget. These have mostly come in the form of poems, … more
Staff at 14 area companies were honored Tuesday by N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie K. Berry. “We’re all in this together, so our goal should be to make our lives and the lives of … more
RALEIGH — Did you know that manufacturing employment in North Carolina has gone up more than 10 percent since 2010? I didn’t either, until I took a recent dive into economic statistics. In … more
I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement. One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled “Facts and Figures: How … more
On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country’s London … more
“You ain’t from around here, are you?” These words, loosely translated, were probably first uttered by Manteo and Wanchese when Walter Raleigh’s settlers first landed on our Outer Banks. … more
April is National Poetry Month in the United States, a time to raise awareness of poetry and to celebrate the ways it enriches our lives. The designation of April as National Poetry Month began in … more
My wife has informed today that I am an anachronism. It’s been a running joke for the entire time we have known each other that I was “older” than my chronological age. My interests always … more
This next week is Holy Week in the church year. It’s the week that leads up to Easter. And the church for the past two millennia has celebrated it as almost a real time day-for-day remembrance of … more
As a preacher’s kid, I grew up hearing my grandpa’s mantra about gambling. “If you win, you are a thief. If you lose, you are a fool.” The Christian ethic in those days was that you earned … more
I’m a wildly optimistic person, a believer of miracles, signs and wonders, and I somehow manage to hold on to this in a world that feeds off negative energy and situations. It’s not easy. … more
RALEIGH — If you live somewhere other than the western side of North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, you may not have thought that a long-planned light-rail line between Durham and Chapel … more
Will Roy Cooper have a wall this summer? Could it be something like Donald Trump’s wall on the Mexican border that he promised to build? Do you remember how he said he would veto the … more
Business leaders know firsthand that a strong workforce is essential to North Carolina’s economy. We also know that employee health is a big contributor to the strength of our workforce. That’s … more
If someone contacts you to tell you that you’re in trouble with law enforcement or the government, or someone you love is danger, it’s understandable to feel panicked or afraid. It’s also … more
In 2011, a then-new Republican majority in the N.C. General Assembly was alarmed at an expensive new trend in local government. Residents in Wilson, Salisbury, Mooresville, Davidson and Morganton … more
“Fine line” — when I hear those words, I imagine a tightrope walker. Constantly balancing and moving forward toward her goal. She must face her fears and believe in her own abilities to … more
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