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RALEIGH — So far this decade, North Carolina’s economy — as measured by inflation-adjusted gross domestic product — has expanded by an average of 1.7% a year. That’s a bit faster than the … more
Why aren’t the alarm bells ringing? But the bells are ringing. Then why aren’t we listening? Here is one bell ringing true and clear. Writing in The New York Times last week, Alan Rappeport … more
Fall’s arrival is a good thing for lots of us as it means apple season is here once again. Apples are not only delicious, but also one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Information … more
Why do cheerful vendors try to tempt you with cubed cheese and sausage slices in the supermarket? Because it works. About 35% of people who sample a product in the store will place it in their … more
President Trump says he wants to get our troops out of the “blood-stained sand” of the Middle East. Most sane Americans would agree with that goal and hope he’s successful. Unfortunately, … more
Maybe they thought they were standing up for principle. How else can you explain the Republican lawmakers who dramatically barged into a closed-door meeting of the U.S. House Intelligence … more
At our daughter’s urging, my wife and I took a recent trip to Chicago, which neither of us had ever seen. We planned to see the sights and major attractions, the Lake Michigan waterfront, the … more
In an effort to be a more transparent journalist, I am informing the readers of this column that it was written about five minutes after I ate some hazelnut almond biscotti ice cream directly from … more
Today’s younger people are really into coffee and sometimes tea. They are familiar with the myriads of blends and flavors available at fancy coffee shops and other establishments, one on almost … more
There is something rather enticing about this week. For most Americans, it is simply Halloween week. There are all sorts of special scary events, decorations and costumes all over the place. Fall is … more
RALEIGH — If North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $5 billion tax increase, his Republican rivals would be both furious and gleeful — furious about the potential economic consequences, that … more
My brother-in-law, Richard Thackston, died in January 2019 in Duke Hospital. His heart just gave out. He was there 30 days. There were lots of hopeful statements by many doctors and the daily … more
The president’s acting chief of staff stood in the White House briefing room and confessed to activities considered by some impeachable, by others at least illegal. In closing, he proclaimed: “I … more
My son is a high school senior, and as he navigates all the activities and programs that come with senior year, I have noticed he has one of my best and worst traits. He is stubborn. My mother … more
When I was a child, I never fit in with the “in crowd.” I wasn’t good in school and I probably would’ve been labeled ADHD. I was always drawing, creating things in my bedroom, writing stories … more
If only the Democrats could fight like the Washington Nationals. The new National League champs won four straight on the way to the World Series, with great pitching and clutch hitting. End of story. … more
Schoolchildren across the country recently skipped school or walked out of class to rally for new restrictions on our economic and personal liberties in the name of fighting “climate change.” … more
Nov. 4 will mark the birthday of Will Rogers, who was born in 1879 and died in 1935. I would love to have met this man. Rogers has most often been described as being a humorist, one who uses … more
I’m on the fence about this, if you want the truth. You see, more school districts are banning childhood games that were staples when I was growing up in the 1970s. Some say dodgeball, … more
RALEIGH — As established in the federal Constitution, America’s national government was meant to be small and tightly focused on matters of truly nationwide scope. It is neither. Washington … more
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