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Whenever you hear statistics about unemployment on the news recently, they’ve mostly been skewed positively for the country. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for … more
Last week’s special congressional races in North Carolina show that both Republicans and Democrats face big dilemmas in 2020. The difference is that Democrats have a choice about what to do, but … more
Flipping through the hundreds and hundreds of cable television channels available from my “basic service” subscription recently left me appalled at the masses of offensive, crude, vulgar, … more
It was 18 years ago this week that Sept. 11 gained tragic significance as more than one of the possible 366 dates of the calendar year. It was that long ago when, for a vast majority of the … more
All citizens have a responsibility to make positive contributions to their community. Opportunities are around almost every corner, some of them simple acts of kindness and help that touch a few, … more
I get bored pretty easily. When I do, I have a few go-to things that I do when I get bored. Often, I am awake late at night and we all know that late-night TV isn’t so great. A lot of the time, … more
It’s “cruelty,” Salon’s Melanie McFarland scolds. “Offensive in all the wrong ways,” wails Vice’s Patrick Marlborough. Most popularly — to repeat a charge several critics have … 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
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
You may have read the headline of this column and thought, “What does that mean, we are not our minds?” That statement simply means we are not our minds — we are the force that controls our … more
I love well organized, carefully executed plans. My heart leaps at the opportunity to plan events, birthday parties, creative endeavors and my life in general. Oh, the plans I’ve had for my life … more
You probably haven’t heard about this because no shots were fired. A 15-year-old boy showed up Aug. 28 at Great Crossing High School in Scott County, Kentucky, with a handgun. It was fully … more
When my retired professor friend told me about it, my alarm bells went off. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, three academics founded a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal to … more
“Dear Lord, thank goodness I am not a racist like some of our top political leaders.” Is this how you open your public prayers? Or do you just blast out the racism charge whenever somebody … more
It’s a well-known fact most dogs enjoy riding in vehicles along with their owners, almost as much as the owners enjoy having the dogs along with them. Whether it’s a cute little yapper riding … more
RALEIGH — I remember when the inherent boredom of redistricting was a laugh line. During a Season Four episode of the animated series “The Simpsons,” for example, Homer turns on the TV one … more
More than a year out from the 2020 presidential election, we’re already starting to see “spoiler” fearmongering from supporters of America’s two largest political parties and their … more
The Medicaid debate in North Carolina is a battle between two big political figures, two big ideas and two big bets on the 2020 election. Gov. Roy Cooper believes that Medicaid expansion will mean … more
High-speed broadband internet service is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity for students to research and do homework, for businesses to conduct commerce, for telemedicine in underserved areas and … more
North Carolina Democrats are entitled to feel good about themselves after two successful elections. In 2016, their gubernatorial candidate, Roy Cooper, won the governor’s seat, but his … more
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