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Thanksgiving, for many people, is not a single day but a season, a remembrance of heritage, a way of life. As we recall our American heritage, we think of how Native Americans were present at what … more
“Wasting resources, capital and income on stuff nobody really needs,” Charles Hugh Smith wrote in 2017, “is a monumental disaster on multiple fronts. Rather than establish incentives to … more
RALEIGH — When the Democratic Congress and the Obama administration enacted the Affordable Care Act a decade ago, the part that got the most attention was a set of insurance exchanges where … more
“Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s … more
I can’t stand being embarrassed. My embarrassment surfaces in a variety of ways, some of which could have been avoided had I stopped rushing, taken a little more time to prepare or heeded the … more
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wanted to write in this week’s column, and it came to me last night. Before I start into the theme for this week, I want to preface this by saying it is … more
When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing markets — the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other — in September, they said … more
Where do you go for pancakes or waffles in Wilson, besides Grandma’s house? Often, it is Cracker Barrel. Closer to home it is Denny’s. Or, Amy Jo’s. Waffle House serves up a great waffle … more
The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just … more
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In a bench trial, a judge convicted Roy’s 17-year-old … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
Last weekend provided a cup overflowing with televised football games — Thursday and Friday night games between high school and college teams, more college games on Saturday with ever-expanding … more
Five days after his steepest fall from grace, Cam Newton was already plotting his comeback. Critics and commentators dogged the Carolina Panthers’ franchise quarterback and 2015 league MVP … more
We are entering my favorite time of year right now. It has my affection for any number of reasons, but this past week reminded me of one of the primary ones in the form of the meteorological shift. … more
It’s no secret what my name is. I mean, it’s right there in the newspaper every week for everyone to see. That way, the people who want to send nice letters to the paper and make nice … more
Did you happen observe all the cultural elements that were on display at the North Carolina Whirligig Festival last weekend? That’s right. Culture of our region during the first quarter of the 21st … more
What is your vision for retirement? Sunny beaches, romantic travels or idyllic sunsets at your ivy-covered home? Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions. Forbes says that 55% of … more
RALEIGH — I know the following plea is probably futile. But I’m going to offer it anyway. Can we please stop making every event into a partisan slugfest? Case in point would be the recent … more
The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own … more
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