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Three former governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was … more
“It is not that they were racists. Maybe we could forgive them for that. But they were terrorists, and that is something we should not overlook or forget.” My friend was chiding me for … more
RALEIGH — Though often skeptical about the benefits of government intervention, I am by nature an optimistic person. Indeed, I consider my skepticism and optimism to be two sides of the same … more
I don’t consider myself a young woman. I’m sandwiched somewhere between the unstoppable energy of my son and the slow, graceful works and wisdom of my father and mother-in-law. In the past … more
In pondering what I was going to write about in this week’s column, I became inspired to talk about a movement that is taking place all over the world — the awakening of consciousness. In the … more
“The Constitution,” Alan Dershowitz claims, “allocates to the president sole authority over foreign policy (short of declaring war or signing a treaty).” Dershowitz makes that claim by way … more
The Negro national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was sung by me and my wife and more than 400 standing attendees at the end of the MLK prayer breakfast Monday at the Darden Alumni Center. … more
While meatless burgers might be fine for some, I just don’t think they’re for me. I’ve never been a fan of meat substitutes of any kind, so I didn’t get excited when several fast-food … more
The 2019 long session ended last week with the legislature postponing a vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. Republican lawmakers remain unwilling to negotiate with Governor … more
RALEIGH — Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And … more
I have taught economic principles and lessons for more than 40 years. My hope has been for students and others to use these concepts in making better decisions for their personal and financial goals. … more
Did you know that Wilson Community College has a program that will prepare you for a job in advanced manufacturing in as little as seven weeks? The Advanced Manufacturing Institute, or AMI, … more
This week, thousands of pro-life teenagers will converge on the nation’s capital to rally in support of the unborn at the 47th annual March for Life. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable … more
This week I would like to offer up to you a wonderful invitation, a pointed synopsis and critique and an unexpected revelation — all of which, taken together, will make sense. The invitation is … more
Once in a while a person of humble beginnings, a person who was not educated at a fine college or university, a hardworking farm person, an ordinary citizen, rises to international fame through a … more
Recent news stories about a deadly vaping illness have reminded me of how much tobacco intertwined with my newspaper career. I edited newspapers in Wilson and Danville, Virginia, cities dependent … more
Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes. North Carolina politics will change dramatically by the end of the decade. Gary … more
RALEIGH — Garbage in, garbage out. This rule of thumb applies to every field of human behavior — very much including politics. For example, our political conversation about poverty is based on a … more
Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it. Nepotism, says Dictionary.com, is “patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family … more
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