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RALEIGH — According to a recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of Democratic voters view socialism positively, more than the 47 percent who view capitalism positively. If that sounds utterly bonkers to … more
To hear some in the media tell it, the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks is a massive detour from common sense. “Highly problematic,” a … more
When we were children, my father and mother would remind my brother and me (usually when we were in the midst of trying to do bodily harm to one another) that there would come a day when all we would … more
Old-time country churches were an important part of rural life and were scattered all around the countryside. Most rural communities had and still have a church or two, some of them small and others … more
I couldn’t help but overhear the other day as a friend of mine argued with his girlfriend on the telephone. It wasn’t a heated argument, nor was it very loud, but it was clearly an argument. The … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s two most-populous counties, Mecklenburg and Wake, are home to about 21 percent of the state’s population and 28 percent of its jobs. Over the past four years, about … more
A decade ago, the entire nation suffered through a financial crisis that led to the brink of a global financial collapse. While Wall Street reckoned with its risky practices, America’s families … more
Are President Trump’s senior cabinet members working against him? It’s hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs … more
At 17, I imagined my future relationship with Wilson as a place I would occasionally visit family and friends. I had just graduated from high school and was preparing to leave the only town I had … more
Lucama resident Norwood Ivey, 80, served in the United States Army from 1958 through 1961 and although he has never considered it a big deal, he had what some might consider a temporary brush with … more
There are currently more than 100 million Americans who have smoked in their lifetime and are at high risk for the development of lung cancer. Until the 21st century, no reliable medical test was … more
What we are currently witnessing in state government feels like watching the movie “Groundhog Day.” Our legislature passes a bill, the governor vetoes it, lawmakers override the veto, then the … more
Let’s be frank. Congressional incumbents seeking re-election have a distinct advantage over their opponents. One of those advantages is the congressional franking privilege. For those far enough … more
The term “race” is the 21st century’s equivalent to the 15th century’s “the world is flat.” The earth was never flat and there has never been a race of humans. Race was the 19th … more
“I don’t have time.” That is one of the main excuses I hear from people when they talk to me about couponing. As a mom of two extremely energetic babies; who works full-time and part-time, … more
We’ve had no shortage of goofiness at the General Assembly in the past few weeks. And we’re not just talking about the recently convened short session, which seems to have little purpose other … more
RALEIGH — If critics of Confederate monuments truly want to accomplish their goal of removing such objects from the public square, I’m a good example of the kind of person they ought to be trying … more
When it comes to trade deals, the big ones such as NAFTA tend to grab headlines. But our interests are also well-served by one-on-one agreements between individual countries and the U.S. In fact, the … more
ENOS NORVILLE On Oct. 18, 1809, Joshua B. Eason of Edgecombe County sold Enos Norville Sr., for 225 current N.C. money 382 acres on both sides of Ward’s Run, adjoining Amos Johnston, William … more
Our grandparents’ farm in Anson County was a wondrous place for my siblings and me, just as it was for our numerous cousins and other relatives who lived in that area of western North … more
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