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Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is being used to justify new infringements on liberty. Of course, opponents of gun rights are claiming … more
Bill Friday was right. Friday, the founding president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System, fought with then-Gov. Bob Scott in 1971 over the creation of the new system. Friday … more
Health care is the political football of the midterm elections. But unlike the game of football, there are no rules. And the goal is to win — not for the benefit of the team (the voters) but to … more
My wife and I are going on a trip. It’s not a long trip, and it was mentioned briefly in last week’s column. It’s a quick trip for a family party, just a couple of days, and then we are coming … more
How many of us have seen a duck with her little ducklings waddling behind her all in a row? If we have, we can take a lesson from the sight and apply the rule of “getting your ducks in a row” … more
I have been working now for well over three years renovating the very house where I grew up, where my parents lived and which our family has owned for more than 50 years in Goldsboro. By my estimate, … more
Seems like it was about 10 years ago or maybe more when I first heard the words gluten or gluten-free being used. I didn’t know then what gluten was all about and despite doing some research on … more
In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton ran on a platform of “change.” He used the word a lot. His first campaign slogan was “for people for change.” “Change” here, … more
The 2018 midterm was one of the most interesting elections held in our state. While there wasn’t the “blue wave” many had predicted, this was a change election. It will be a few days before the … more
The village of family and friends who guided me through childhood — parents who loved me, grandmas and aunties who fed me and uncles who watched out for me — hold a special place in my life … more
RALEIGH — If you expected the 2018 midterm elections to settle all scores and clarify all unanswered political questions in the era of Donald Trump, you were just asking for disappointment — and … more
“November” naturally conjures thoughts of family, cool weather and comfort food. But November is important for another reason; it is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, represented by purple … more
In a week or so, my wife and I are going back home for a visit. My grandmother’s birthday falls on a weekend and we are able to get away for a few days. Usually, we wait until Christmas, but … more
Historic downtown Wilson will soon be the location for an emerging industry: hemp and cannabidiol. “Marijuana contains high THC, low CBD while the hemp plant contains high CBD and low THC,” … more
Miriam Moore Dunn, beloved teacher and mentor to dozens of local people, died at the age of 91 on Oct. 20, 2018. "Mickey" Dunn, as she was affectionately called, taught Spanish, English, … more
If you’ve ever been involved in political campaigns, you know there comes a point when you have drained every ounce of energy and resources available and exhausted, you declare, “it’s all over … more
RALEIGH — Where is the best place to find good employment opportunities in the technology industry? According to a new study by the Computer Technology Industry Association, it’s not Silicon … more
A little more than 20 years ago, a Danish-Norwegian group named Aqua released the single “Barbie Girl.” The lyrics were pretty scandalous, but I was striking out on my own as a college freshman, … more
The N.C. General Assembly has had its share of face-offs with the courts. Repeatedly, judges have ruled unconstitutional any laws that would give executive power to the legislature — most recently … more
November has arrived, bringing beautiful fall colors, cooler temperatures and the anticipation of Thanksgiving gatherings. Another event that occurs during November is National Diabetes Month. You … more
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