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One of my favorite ways to enjoy a lazy day on my couch is to watch ’90s sitcoms. “Seinfeld” is one of my top five shows. Twenty-plus years later, the antics of Jerry, Elaine, George and … more
Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher is a highly decorated combat veteran who made the mistake of posing for a photograph with a dead ISIS combatant. It was a breach of etiquette, to be sure. And … more
These are bad times for newspapers. That’s bad news for us. It’s easy to gripe about newspapers — and especially big newspaper chains. Newspapers make mistakes every day. And the big chains … more
Remember those ad jingles, show introductions and songs or tunes contained within certain 1950s and ‘60s TV shows that somehow found their way into our brains and got stuck there? Here are some … more
RALEIGH — I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two … more
“After 36 Years in Prison, 3 Men Cleared in Killing,” a headline in The New York Times streamed last week. Such a story is more and more common as efforts to establish the innocence of people … more
Where is the literary capital of North Carolina? Hillsborough? Pittsboro? Chapel Hill? The big cities like Charlotte, Asheville and Wilmington? Or the Triangle or Triad? Recently, the center of … more
After perhaps the messiest legislative session of my own memory, many deserving groups got shortchanged because of today’s brutal political narrative. Government retirees are perhaps among … more
The statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the Chatham County Courthouse and within a traffic circle surrounding the old courthouse has been removed. During my four years of college, I drove … more
Each year, on the fourth Thursday in November, families across the United States of America experience a mass version of amnesia that erases memories of the fourth Thursdays of previous … more
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower — and paid a price for it. It was in 10th grade chemistry. After we learned about the periodic tables, I was lost. … more
Remember the 1% — the richest Americans? Meet the 2% — the most powerful Americans. They’ll pick the president in 2020. They’re not billionaires. They’re not political bosses. They’re … more
RALEIGH — During 2018, North Carolina lost some 338,000 private-sector jobs, or 9.1% of the total. Did you happen to notice this economic catastrophe? I doubt it, because North Carolina … more
The central message of this column is that we learn to live life in particular ways based on what we are taught to believe, which leads to actions and reactions that determine the experience we have … more
My favorite college basketball team lost in overtime this week, and I’m actually pretty happy about it. Let me be clear, I will always go hard for Duke. I am a proud Cameron Crazy. I’ve slept … more
Although 2019 has not yet officially ended, we can still proceed with our annual inventory of celebrity deaths from this past calendar year. Several sources listing more than 1,000 so-called … more
It is easy to give thanks when things are going well. It is harder to do so when life has dealt us difficult, demanding and depressing situations. But just as a smooth sea never made a good sailor, … more
RALEIGH — Coincidence or karma? You be the judge. On Nov. 20, at the same time Ambassador Gerald Sondland was testifying about the Trump administration’s pressure campaign against the … more
A milestone was recently set in the country, one that, quite frankly, I thought I would never live to see. For the first time in decades, the U.S. exported oil to more destinations than the … more
As you read this, my wife, Elizabeth, and I are into our second pecan pie for the season, a pie made right in Wilson, North Carolina. A homemade Wilson pecan pie is a must at our dining table … more
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