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As a kid, my nightly routine was to go to bed around 9 p.m. and turn off the TV at 10. My mom was always asleep by 11 p.m., and at 11:30, I turned the TV back on. On weeknights, I watched Johnny … more
The late television comedian Jack Benny was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money. On one show he was approached by a robber, who pointed a gun at him and said, … more
Greetings. I have been away from writing for a few weeks now because I have been settling into my new home. I know that these are trying times for everyone across the planet. We have been asked … more
Around the U.S., “essential” workers are going to work every day and doing their jobs, COVID-19 pandemic or not. Factory workers are producing things. Truck and delivery drivers are transporting … more
RALEIGH — As painful as it is to live under North Carolina’s partial lockdown, just imagine how much worse it would be if the COVID-19 outbreak were happening before the advent of the … more
Our way of life has changed, and it will change again. Atlantic Christian College professors taught me to think ahead of current world events that will drag us into a new age. They graduated me into … more
Sept. 17, 2019, was a significant day in American economic history. On that day, the New York Federal Reserve began emergency cash infusions into the repurchasing market. This is the market banks use … more
I wish it hadn’t happened. Already, the losses have been jarring. And there is much more to come. But, as with other catastrophes, such as floods, hurricanes, fires, Sept. 11, recessions, … more
It had consultant stuff like “Prepare a compilation of major accomplishments” and “Cement relationships and understandings with legislators.” Then there was this: “Welcome a good … more
Over the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the … more
On March 23, 14 U.S. senators from both major political parties asked Attorney General William Barr and Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to “transfer nonviolent … more
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation’s highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder. Supreme Court justices decided last … more
Having experienced quarantine once before has not helped me through this pandemic we’re experiencing, but it has given me some perspective. I was 3 or 4 years old when my older sister, four … more
If you find that you have time on your hands these days, consider reading some fine short stories to satisfy your need for a little surprise, humor or wisdom about human life. Short stories are … more
I know a lot of you are bored. I’m pretty bored myself. I find that being bored makes me more tired than being active. I think it should be the other way around, but that’s not what happens. … more
Many individuals express their opinions on these pages.  I therefore offer my opinion, which you can feel free to ignore.  The country and indeed the Northern Hemisphere is currently … more
For some courses in college, I worked hard, connected with the subject matter and the professor and wanted to always present my best work. For other courses, I carefully reviewed the syllabus to … more
Enough already! I can take only so much COVID-19 news, closed restaurants and long car lines at McDonald’s just for a morning cup of coffee. I’m hungry for other news and good-tasting food. … more
RALEIGH — The precise course of the COVID-19 outbreak and its medical, social and even political consequences are impossible to know at this writing. But there is at least one thing state lawmakers … more
Bernie Sanders is going to win the upcoming election for the Democrats. Does that sound like crazy talk? In light of Sanders’ recent crushing defeats on the primary campaign trail, maybe it … more
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