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Debbie Moehnke’s heart attack took her by surprise. It happened in March 2018, while she and her husband were waiting for treatment at a Vancouver, Washington-area medical clinic. The medicos there … more
Budgets are moral documents. Budgets tell us what communities, issues and people are most important to their authors. Let’s place this budget in context. In the 2018 election, nearly 3.6 … more
The American public has taken little notice of the collapse of a great American industry, one that helped British colonists win the American Revolution and American families to follow the battles of … more
In mid-August, we begin to think about school starting again, about new clothes, school supplies, new teachers, opportunities for new friendships and those wonderful, roomy backpacks that have a … more
This column begins with death and ends with life. This column begins in this world and ends peeking into the next. This column begins where we are and ends where we might hope to be. Too often, I … more
Just the other day, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out for a fancy dinner and a show. There was no dancing involved. There were no elaborate gifts or overwrought … more
RALEIGH — The political temptation to protect “domestic” industries from “foreign” competition is strong, persistent and understandable. But for the vast majority of North Carolina workers, … more
This week’s column is one I have been thinking about for forever now, and even though it may seem more as a rant than anything else, I promise you it isn’t. First off, one thing it’s about … more
It is summer in Wilson and we have been buying lots of ugly, misshapen or damaged fruits and vegetables. Have you? Grocery chains such Walmart and our neighborhood Piggly Wiggly and those pop-up … more
When I worked in finance a lifetime ago, one of my first big projects was working with a team to make sure we had updated insurance on all major accounts. Not the most glamorous thing, I know. But … more
Was the notorious King Herod from the New Testament anything like today’s political leaders? We learned a lot about King Herod from reading New Testament stories about Jesus’ birth, including … more
We all have our own thoughts and suggestions about how to solve the world’s problems, so please allow me to offer mine. • We should consider eliminating the instant replay system now being … more
RALEIGH — Duke Energy can’t win. Well, perhaps I should clarify that. Duke is a gigantic company with lots of institutional and political heft. It wins plenty of battles. But when it comes to … more
“Hey! Did you pay taxes on those drugs, mister? Probably not, right?” Unless you are buying your marijuana from a dispensary in a state where it’s legal, you probably aren’t paying taxes … more
WalletHub.com released a ranking of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., on where Americans receive the best and worst health care across 43 measures of cost, accessibility and outcomes. North … more
I watched all four episodes of a program called the Democratic presidential candidates debate held in the past two months. I lost sleep I will never recover and came away with a few impressions of … more
I am thinking I need an office. I don’t need a big one, really. I just need someplace where I can write the column in peace. As those of you who follow the column regularly know, I write the … more
Summertime’s longer daylight and warm weather keep many people busy with yard work, gardening, sporting and other activities that make life hectic. By midsummer, my husband, Fred, and I start … more
The world dimmed a little darker this past week. Mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton took dozens of innocent lives and fueled even more discussion about the divisive rhetoric that has continued to … more
RALEIGH — When conservatives argue for judicial restraint, most don’t mean that the judicial branch ought to be supine and subservient to lawmakers and executives. They favor judicial review to … more
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