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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
“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” My mom taught me that song when I was a toddler, and I taught it to my son. I’ve always enjoyed hearing a children’s choir or Sunday school class … more
The late Sen. Kay Hagan’s one term and two campaigns epitomized the volatility of North Carolina’s Senate races. They also showed how our Senate elections rise and fall with national political … more
President Trump has accomplished many great things in less than three years in office. His longest-lasting legacy is his transformation of the federal judiciary through the lifetime appointment of … more
Anthropologists tell us the spoken language of our earliest caveman ancestors probably amounted to very few actual words like we have today, with most conversations being more like lots of grunting, … more
“The late.” It is a term I am having to insert too many times as I revise and update “North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries,” my book on local North Carolina restaurants near our … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is a likeable and experienced politician. But he’s not made of Teflon. His administration has taken a number of heavy blows over the past month, and his aides have done … more
North Carolina still does not have a state budget in the traditional sense, but much of the state budget has passed into law. That is why you do not see parks closed or public services shuttered — … more
A president teetering on the brink of impeachment…whose public approval is as much as 15 points underwater…who trails the leading opposition candidates… who may cost his party its majority in … more
Woodrow Wilson, who was completing his second term 100 years ago, was one of the most popular of all presidents, despite his having only minimal experience in government before ascending to the White … more
Recently, a line from a novel included an idea that stood out strongly, an idea that nature lovers might view as one of their own. The novel is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by the contemporary … more
I heard an interesting phrase at a conference I attended last week: “Tradition is peer pressure from dead people.” This pronouncement brought forth laughter from the crowd and contextually … more
RALEIGH — When it comes to North Carolina redistricting, the handwriting is on the wall. The old system for producing legislative and congressional districts is going away. But we still don’t … more
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word, how would you answer? My word would be trust. Republicans don’t trust Democrats; Democrats don’t trust Republicans and the public … more
When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American … more
The words weren’t aimed directly at me, but I was recently flummoxed by an unexpected undercurrent of animosity. In an online post, a military veteran refused to confine his anger to people who … more
Anyone who knows me knows how much I care about my family. They come second only to God in my heart. I leave my comfort zone for them, push limits and break barriers to help them achieve their goals, … more
A wave of new and young voters has come ashore in North Carolina ­and could reshape politics in the state and nation in 2020 and beyond. Political scientists have long said that millennials … more
One of the biggest changes in recent decades has been the revival of big cities. Through the birth and development of the automobile age — when the auto brought enhanced mobility to households and … more
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