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Most of the time, this column is pretty lighthearted and fun. Rarely do I take a step toward hard journalism or topics of controversy. That’s not to say there aren’t topics that catch my interest … more
“Admittedly, the story you are about to read is bizarre, incredible. Those of you who wish to avoid being unsettled, who wish to avoid thinking, will label it insane. And though you, the reader, … more
Dairy farming has not been prominent in Wilson County, but a Wilson resident, Arlene Rech, recalls that dairy farming was a way of life for her family and many others in northern New York in the … more
In my 33 years as a newspaper editor, I became accustomed to people complaining about press coverage or the “Mainstream Media,” a phrase popularized by Republican vice presidential candidate … more
Twenty years ago, my therapist helped save my life. And three months ago, with everything I prayed and worked for falling apart, I made the decision to go back. At 19, I was a straight-A student … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is doing well. With a headline unemployment rate of 4 percent and a healthy 2.8 percent jump in inflation-adjusted median household income last year, North … more
I hope to be just like my mother one day. Now in her eighth decade, my ma has arrived at a coveted place: Her “filter” is pretty much gone, and she has no problem telling anyone what’s on … more
A year or two ago, I shared a memorable story about my mother and her attempt to help me “man up” by locking me out of the house to face the neighborhood ruffians. She shared this story with me … more
On April 26, the N.C. House Judiciary Committee voted 14-12 in favor of House Bill 474, also known as death by distribution. The bill aims to reduce drug distribution and drug overdose by charging … more
Most of us have certain goals, aspirations or ambitions throughout our lives. At one time it seemed like the primary aims of many folks included such things as a good job, good health, wealth, … more
RALEIGH — Although the North Carolina House has approved its version of a biennial budget, there’s a lot that North Carolinians can’t yet know about how much will be spent, and on what, over … more
My wife has given me some constructive criticism regarding my use of words and phrases that may be difficult for some to understand and has suggested I need to make my submissions more … more
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I ask all North Carolinians to join me in thanking our hardworking educators. We are fortunate to have them. As state superintendent of North … more
Remember this name: Riley Howell. A college student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Howell was in his classroom Tuesday afternoon when a former student barged in and began … more
If you have been outside lately, it should come as no surprise that we are on the cusp of summer. Temperatures are rising, days are getting longer and that little voice inside you is telling you … more
Last week after an hour-long country drive in eastern Wilson County, a gift to myself, I returned home still in a country mood, positioned myself in a lawn chair with a vista of natural beauty in our … more
I must admit I would have thought that this week’s column would be headlined with the words “Spoiler Alert!” All indications from much of what I have written lately would lead you to … more
RALEIGH — At a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation committee meeting, my John Locke Foundation colleague Joe Coletti offered this blunt assessment to state policymakers: our system … more
The headline on Hans Bader’s piece at the Foundation for Economic Education is true as far as it goes: “Lifting the Ban on Kidney Sales Would Save 30,000 American Lives Annually.” Bader draws … more
Maybe it’s because I’m a mortician’s daughter, but I think a lot about how things will be when I’m no longer here. There’s no rush. I plan to live a long, good life, and I hopefully have … more
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