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The interstates, bridges, roadways, rest areas and truck stops are a trucker’s office. However, some of these offices have closed. Others are in disrepair or just dangerous. Trucks you see each day … more
North Carolina does not yet have a state budget for fiscal year 2019-20, but unlike with the federal government, there is no government shutdown. State law allows operations to continue to be funded … more
The nation’s outrage over Jeffrey Epstein’s terrible crimes have reached a fever pitch — leading to the resignation of Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, trending hashtags and story after story of … more
My wife and I watched the first two Democratic Party debates June 26-27 because we didn’t know much about most of the Democratic candidates for president and wanted to see what kind of choices … more
“All good things must come to an end.” It is an oft-used saying, which is sadly very true. The superlatives in life can only last so long before they, unfortunately, are gone. That phrase has … more
Our miraculous world is a busy place; our environment is crowded with things to see and experience; our lives are sometimes overcrowded with activity, worry and responsibility. People have … more
RALEIGH — The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20% since 2014. That was one of the largest increases in the nation. According to the latest … more
Like all Americans, I was shocked and heartbroken by the heinous and tragic murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson by someone impersonating her Uber driver. As I considered … more
I wish more people would be honest about the transition into new things. Whether the new thing is a relationship, a new job or a change in location, chances are it did not come without some … more
In the beginning of creation, when humans partook from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil instead of choosing to eat from the Tree of Life, that’s where this whole idea of self originated. … more
When a woman keeps talking over a man who refuses to listen and is trying to interrupt her, that is at most an annoyance and a breach of courtesy. If the woman and the man happen to be in a romantic … more
Colin Kaepernick and Nike are right about one thing. The original American flag, the one we think Betsy Ross fashioned for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, does not belong on the … more
In mid-May, San Francisco became the first American city to ban use of facial recognition surveillance technology by its police department and other city agencies. That’s a wise and ethical policy, … more
While listening to a conversation between two people in a local business, recently I overheard the terms “stubborn as a mule” and “blind as a bat,” phrases that most of us, depending on our … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, … more
My wife taught elementary school (grades pre-K-5) for 32 years. She was an excellent teacher. Even though she worked with numerous principals, she never received an annual review less than the … more
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That old saying came to mind the other day as I read the following paragraph: “The onrushing press of issues, combined with big … more
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the court has no jurisdiction over partisan gerrymandering constitutes a baffling abandonment of basic democratic principles. The court sent the … more
A few weeks ago, my friend, Jean, sent me a lovely, handwritten letter — not a text or email message, but a mailed letter that painted a picture of family life from the natural world. The … more
Starlord is a Lutheran. Or to be more exact, Chris Pratt, who plays Starlord in the movies, grew up Lutheran. That’s a notable enough fact for a Lutheran pastor who pays attention to geek … more
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