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Can you name the three branches of government? What are the three rights guaranteed by the First Amendment? Can you name the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? Sadly, almost … more
My wife and I have this friend who is quite beautiful. No, really. She’s one of those women that people see and say out loud, “You know, she’s really pretty” and they mean it. One guy, … more
Six months ago, on March 11, I wrote the column that was to be the basis for all my ruminations on Martin Luther, his theological insights and the historical ramifications of his words and actions … more
The country store in the past was an important institution. It was a place to shop, socialize and discuss politics, and it was a place where you never had to introduce yourself. A few … more
RALEIGH — In September, the GOP officially became the third-largest group of registered voters in North Carolina, as the number of unaffiliated voters surpassed Republican registration for the … more
There are those who like to refer to America as a nation of immigrants. For the most part, that notion is true, with the exceptions of Native Americans and African-Americans. We know that America was strengthened by its growth and the number of … more
RALEIGH — The decision to oust the incumbent mayor of North Carolina’s largest city came down to a margin of just 3,398 voters — 0.6 percent of the registered voters in Charlotte. Pathetic voter turnout in municipal races is nothing new, … more
RALEIGH — Now that North Carolinians can put “First in Freedom” on their license plates, again, it’s worth taking a moment to remember key moments in American history when people from our state played an outsized role in the fight for … more
Today we received the news that our expected grandchild is going to be a boy. I can’t speak for his parents, but my wife and I are extremely excited. We would be no more or less excited had the news revealed a girl. I have experience with … more
Each time I walk through our dining room and see the old, wooden bread bowl that was made by my great-grandfather in the late 19th century, I think of all the bread that was made in it, as well as the physical work that was exerted over it. My … more
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