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You probably didn’t hear about the latest test of the U.S. missile-defense system. And that’s just the way the military wanted it. Not because it was bad news. Far from it. When two … more
A February Harris poll finds that 49.6% of Millennial and Generation Z Americans would “prefer living in a socialist country.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, … more
No one likes to be wrong. Being told I was wrong is the second-most hated critique that can be made. The most hated is a lie. May I submit that this would be true of everyone? All of us hate to be … more
Immigration has become the Gordian Knot of American politics, the issue that is impossible to unravel and keeps advocates on both sides tied up. It wasn’t always this way. In the late 19th and … more
Oscar Wilde is credited with the quote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Without parsing the entirety of that line, it has come to tell us … more
I don’t know what it is about restaurants that makes them difficult for some people. The concept is as old as time itself. You choose food from a list of available foods. The food is prepared for … more
This time of year when we begin to go outside and notice the green and flowering growth, we are more attentive to our friends and advocates, those wonders of the natural world and sustainers of life … more
Last month, more than 600 rural advocates from 85 counties traveled from across North Carolina, from the mountains and from the coast, to gather in Raleigh and make their voices heard. It was the … more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo “insisted Monday that New York will pass a law to legalize recreational pot before the Legislature adjourns in June,” The New York Post reports. He’s been promising … more
This week’s column is adapted from a 2013 blog post but has never appeared in print. For the past few days I have fought the urge to write. I kept thinking that I would get around to it as soon … more
RALEIGH — In North Carolina, political power is divided. Republicans control the state legislature, although without the supermajorities they once enjoyed. Democrats occupy such jobs as governor … more
Spring is finally here, which indicates a friendly change in temperature, blossoms that make up pretty scenery and formal wear. Yes that’s right, I said formal wear. Spring is prom season and … more
Donald Trump is celebrating his fake “complete exoneration” by pledging anew to throw 20 million people off their Obamacare coverage. Is this guy politically stupid, or what? What a gift for … more
Even if you’re not a sports fan, you probably heard about the mind-boggling amounts of money now being paid to Major League Baseball players, especially the superstars. In recent weeks, several … more
Local, state and international officials braved the chilly rain Tuesday to celebrate the placement of the final steel beam at Fresenius Kabi in its more than $100 million expansion. “This will … more
RALEIGH — As a policy analyst and opinion journalist, I have spent much of my career advocating the expansion of choice and competition in education. I purposefully use both of those terms, because … more
We added a new member to the family the weekend before last, Annaleigh Rayne, born at 3:56 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 8.5 ounces. Admittedly, I was asleep when this little bundle of joy came into … more
Socialism is back in vogue in some quarters. According to the website of dictionary maker Merriam-Webster, socialism is a political theory that advocates “governmental ownership and … more
Schools are important places, every one of them, and in today’s world, students can choose from a number of school settings. They learn academic as well as life lessons over a period of years in … more
What an incredible week this has been, and what a huge weekend it has culminated with! If you’ve been following this column for the past two years, you have probably noticed that when it … more
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