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When U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., confessed her personal financial dilemma — “I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an … more
North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. … more
There are a lot of things in life we prepare ourselves for. We mentally prepare ourselves for that birthday when we reach double digits. From there, it’s becoming a teenager and finally an adult. … more
This past week, the world received the news that Stan Lee, famed Marvel Comics writer and icon, had died at age 95. Much has been on TV and in writing about his passing from the story of his … more
Yards come in all varieties, some small and cluttered and others expansive with little ornamentation. After an hour-long visit to our friend who lives just inside the Middlesex city limits, I … more
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how North Carolinians’ generosity extends beyond their own families to reach neighbors in need. However, there are some who view the holidays … more
I may be related to Alexander Hamilton. I have done no research to back up this claim, and I have zero evidence to support it. Still, anything is possible. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony … more
An immigration attorney coming to the defense of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who lost his job as U.S, attorney general last Wednesday, is akin to a Christian coming to the defense of the lions of … more
Election Day has passed, and the rush to vote is over. However, excitement is still evident throughout the U.S. after voters chose from the most diverse group of candidates to ever run. Breaking … more
Although 2018 is not yet over, the time has come for our annual listing of celebrity deaths from the past calendar year. Several sources listing more than 1,000 so-called celebrities were used to … more
Who will succeed Margaret Spellings as president of the UNC System? That is what folks in the university community are asking these days. The next question is: Can anybody be persuaded to take … more
The N.C. Whirligig Festival brought an estimated 50,000 people to historic downtown Wilson on Nov. 3 and 4, which had a big effect on local businesses’ bottom line. “We actually did really … more
RALEIGH — Democrats achieved significant victories this year in the “inner suburbs” of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and North Carolina’s other major cities — tossing out GOP incumbents in … more
I’ve waited 40 years to write this column. For it was in 1978 when I first came across my Uncle Carroll Hosbrook’s World War I letters, including one written from France on Nov. 11, 1918, … more
Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is being used to justify new infringements on liberty. Of course, opponents of gun rights are claiming … more
Bill Friday was right. Friday, the founding president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System, fought with then-Gov. Bob Scott in 1971 over the creation of the new system. Friday … more
Health care is the political football of the midterm elections. But unlike the game of football, there are no rules. And the goal is to win — not for the benefit of the team (the voters) but to … more
My wife and I are going on a trip. It’s not a long trip, and it was mentioned briefly in last week’s column. It’s a quick trip for a family party, just a couple of days, and then we are coming … more
How many of us have seen a duck with her little ducklings waddling behind her all in a row? If we have, we can take a lesson from the sight and apply the rule of “getting your ducks in a row” … more
I have been working now for well over three years renovating the very house where I grew up, where my parents lived and which our family has owned for more than 50 years in Goldsboro. By my estimate, … more
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