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Most Americans, exhausted by Trump’s demagogic lying and relentless pillaging of the values we hold dear, are understandably skeptical that impeachment will cleanse the stench and quash the … more
For those of you who do not like January, take heart. Even with the coming of some of our coldest weather of the year, there are blessings and ways to warm up to January with a little … more
North Carolinians are determined, tough people. For generations, our families have weathered brutal hurricanes. But recent history tells us there’s a new normal when it comes to these storms, and … more
I know it’s very uncool — at least in the precincts of snarky lefty Twitter — to defend Joe Biden, but I’ll give it a try. The Democratic front-runner is currently touring Iowa on a bus … more
“It’s time for a change I’m tired of that same ol’ same The same ol’ words, the same ol’ lines The same ol’ tricks and the same ol’ rhymes.” Those are the opening words … more
The old wisdom says first impressions are the ones people remember. It’s been said that the first impression is always right and it is always stored in the back of the mind for future reference. I … more
RALEIGH — When all was said and done, North Carolina’s special congressional elections this year proved not to be particularly special. Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy easily defeated … more
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday, or did you wait for Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you joined those spending a record $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday. As … more
It was a Christmas greeting tailor-made for a pre-redemption Ebenezer Scrooge. A viral Facebook photo showed two police officers posing with a collection of taped-together cardboard signs seized … more
In many aspects of life, there are rules we follow. These rules are usually based on experience, and they give us a general idea of what to expect. The rules don’t always work, but they do give us … more
“Watermelon ­— it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face,” said Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. What other fruit allows us to do all three at the same … more
In a display touting Colonial Williamsburg’s three decades of inclusion of African American characters among its costumed interpreters in the restored Colonial capital of Virginia, the Colonial … more
Property crime is a category of crime that includes burglary, larceny, theft, auto theft, arson, shoplifting and vandalism. It also involves obtaining money, property or other benefit by force or the … more
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been on a steady decline over the last two years, but the past week or two have seen things getting alarmingly worse. Almost as concerning, however, … more
I have stretch marks, and they’re not going anywhere. I tried to prevent them. During my pregnancy, I diligently oiled my growing belly. I stayed hydrated. They popped up anyway. These dark, … more
The following is a true story that has evolved over a bit of time. It is, in short, a land dispute between residents who claim ownership over the same domain. Were one to interview each party, it is … more
After a few weeks off, I’m returning with the first column of a new month, year and decade. I am also using a new laptop with an unfamiliar keyboard layout, so I am certain there will be more … more
The fact that a “Mobile World Congress” will soon convene in Barcelona, Spain, probably doesn’t interest very many Americans. And yet what will be going on there could affect something that … more
RALEIGH — When State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office in early 2017, he found North Carolina’s state health plan to be in even worse shape than he originally thought. Costs were soaring. The … more
Recently, I read a novel that awoke my interest in the work of naturalists, those scientists who study plants and animals, document their discoveries and raise the level of awareness of natural … more
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