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Many people are not only fascinated by strange and unusual facts about almost everything; some also have the time to spend reading and researching the items, many of which can be found online. I … more
State Treasurer Dale Folwell administers the State Health Plan, the largest in our state. Folwell believes his office should know what various procedures cost his 700,000 present and retired state … more
We know that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other school-related factor, including services, facilities and leadership. Yet for years we’ve forced teachers to work in a broken … more
Ronald Reagan once remarked, “whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off.” As it turns out, Dutch’s assessment remains true today. Nine months ago, Congress delivered … more
RALEIGH — Wealthy North Carolinians pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than do middle-income North Carolinians, who in turn have a higher effective tax rate than the poor. This is a … more
I love Lindsay Graham. The witty South Carolina senator, who’s usually more entertaining than most comedians, has been one of the highlights of the otherwise depressing televised Senate … more
Last weekend, my wife and I drove to Raleigh to have lunch with friends. We drove up early, wanting to go to the big flea market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. We figured we would do a little … more
You may never guess it, but being a pastor (at least the way I do it) is a constant stream of writing something, building something or creating something, whether it is a story, program, concept or … more
Labor Day is a welcome break, a holiday between July Fourth and Thanksgiving and a great time for a leisurely day trip through the countryside. Since my husband Fred had not been to Henderson for … more
There is not a faster route to North Carolina’s political graveyard than an appointment as commissioner of motor vehicles. Most commissioners are predisposed to failure because they have no … more
Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another “regime change” operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new jobs, with our job-creation rate … more
I never had the chance to meet Marquise Anderson, but he was my cousin. He died Aug. 26 as a result of a gunshot wound. I think we’ve gotten lost in the vitriol of cable news commentators, … more
The funeral of Sen. John McCain in the National Cathedral on Saturday, the third service in three days following memorials in Arizona and then the U.S. Capitol, was an awesome display of American … more
Cholesterol. You probably know that it’s an important factor when it comes to your overall health and wellness, but what is it, exactly? This month marks National Cholesterol Education Month, … more
Classic literature has fallen from favor in English class. The movement away from the literary canon, begun decades ago, has accelerated rapidly following adoption of Common Core standards by … more
Call me a nuanced curmudgeon. I’m not so bothered by the AMOUNT of time that teenagers spend with the internet and/or digital devices as by the lack of QUALITY of their pursuits. I’m … more
Here are some new items for you to ponder. Slang terms • As related to overeating — Pig out, eat like a pig, about to pop, snarf down, gorge, wolf down, eat like a horse, full as a tick, … more
It’s back-to-school time for millions of American children, which means it’s time to debate the federal government’s role in deciding what our kids should eat for lunch. To understand how … more
A former Wilson athlete has returned home to pay it forward with the Saturday grand opening celebration for Power Plex Athletic Center. CEO Jeremy Jeffers knows well the challenge of balancing … more
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