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It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, … more
Last fall, Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed on a new trade deal to update and replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, … more
For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on … more
One of Wilson’s hotels near Interstate 95 recently got an overhaul with a new name and massive renovations. “The carpet was taken out, so we have new wood floors and furniture,” said … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the North Carolina General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to … more
The interstates, bridges, roadways, rest areas and truck stops are a trucker’s office. However, some of these offices have closed. Others are in disrepair or just dangerous. Trucks you see each day … more
North Carolina does not yet have a state budget for fiscal year 2019-20, but unlike with the federal government, there is no government shutdown. State law allows operations to continue to be funded … more
The nation’s outrage over Jeffrey Epstein’s terrible crimes have reached a fever pitch — leading to the resignation of Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, trending hashtags and story after story of … more
My wife and I watched the first two Democratic Party debates June 26-27 because we didn’t know much about most of the Democratic candidates for president and wanted to see what kind of choices … more
“All good things must come to an end.” It is an oft-used saying, which is sadly very true. The superlatives in life can only last so long before they, unfortunately, are gone. That phrase has … more
Our miraculous world is a busy place; our environment is crowded with things to see and experience; our lives are sometimes overcrowded with activity, worry and responsibility. People have … more
RALEIGH — The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20% since 2014. That was one of the largest increases in the nation. According to the latest … more
Like all Americans, I was shocked and heartbroken by the heinous and tragic murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson by someone impersonating her Uber driver. As I considered … more
I wish more people would be honest about the transition into new things. Whether the new thing is a relationship, a new job or a change in location, chances are it did not come without some … more
In the beginning of creation, when humans partook from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil instead of choosing to eat from the Tree of Life, that’s where this whole idea of self originated. … more
When a woman keeps talking over a man who refuses to listen and is trying to interrupt her, that is at most an annoyance and a breach of courtesy. If the woman and the man happen to be in a romantic … more
Colin Kaepernick and Nike are right about one thing. The original American flag, the one we think Betsy Ross fashioned for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, does not belong on the … more
In mid-May, San Francisco became the first American city to ban use of facial recognition surveillance technology by its police department and other city agencies. That’s a wise and ethical policy, … more
While listening to a conversation between two people in a local business, recently I overheard the terms “stubborn as a mule” and “blind as a bat,” phrases that most of us, depending on our … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, … more
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