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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
’Twas the week before Thanksgiving And all through the state. The turkeys were frightened They’d end up on your plate. We look back at the record of 2019. No budget or great … more
The latest Democratic presidential debate was disappointing. Not because the participants weren’t articulate — in fact, many of their answers were excellent — but because the DNC and the … more
If you like a good newspaper to linger over on a Saturday morning breakfast table, you might have to rearrange your table soon. McClatchy, which owns The News & Observer of Raleigh, The Charlotte … more
I used to love the subtle beginning to the monologue each week to “A Prairie Home Companion” as the almost whispering tones of Garrison Keillor would pronounce without deviation: “It’s been a … more
I was looking through the TV listings — well, that scrolling thing on the television that tells you the television schedule — and I noticed that now, one week before Thanksgiving, the Christmas … more
As attorney general, protecting North Carolinians is my top priority. My dedicated colleagues at the North Carolina Department of Justice and I have been hard at work in 2019 to protect the people in … more
During the mid-1980s, North Carolina faced a difficult challenge. The state’s population had been surging for decades, placing great demands on the state’s transportation infrastructure. The … more
Imagine for a moment that you are in a dream. In this dream, you find yourself at a huge party with thousands of people, where you are the only sober person and everyone else is drunk. The other … more
As I look forward to spending next week with my family, catching up with various life changes, playing with kids I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like, and eating good food, I realize that, … more
The fellow from down east was fed up with his neighbors calling Democrats “socialists.” He fumed, “Some of the people yelling loudest about socialists are the biggest socialists … more
Lost in the media’s obsession with the impeachment circus last week was Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony on the state of the economy before the Joint Economic Committee. In his … more
If you’re old enough to remember watching “The Lone Ranger” on television during the 1950s, you probably also recall the show’s opening segment when The Lone Ranger rode his white horse named … more
Are we, politically speaking, more like Virginia, or more like its sister state, West Virginia? As William Galston pointed out in the Nov. 12 issue of the Wall Street Journal, it might depend on … more
This time of the year, money can be tight with all of the added expenses, like gifts, food, travel and parties. I am constantly trying to come up with gift ideas that are meaningful but … more
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