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RALEIGH — Friar Laurence has the best of intentions. But in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the friar’s well-intended interventions do not yield happy results. Laurence’s initial … more
In my column a couple weeks ago, I wrote that at the core of America’s division lay the difference in how we understand and interpret the Constitution as set forth by the Founding Fathers, and … more
Heart health is important to the body’s overall wellness and function. The heart circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body. When the heart is not working properly, just about … more
North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border. Our state’s real emergency is a … more
February is greatly known for Valentine’s Day; however, it is a month to celebrate black excellence. Americans have annually recognized black history since 1926. Only, it was celebrated as “Negro … more
Unless you have been in a coma or living in a box with no electricity or phone over the past few days, you are well aware our nation experienced some mighty cold temperatures recently. While it … more
RALEIGH — I am a fiscal conservative. I recognize that government at all levels has important tasks to do, tasks that make us all better off if done at a reasonable cost. I think the list of such … more
When John Clark suddenly found himself unemployed, he decided it was God’s path for him to use his 25 years of experience and start his own company. Sunshine Prosthetics was born around the … more
During over four decades of teaching, I’ve enjoyed asking students the following questions in my introductory economics course: “What if you could write a check and never have to deduct the … more
Candidates are lining up to run in 2020 and we’ve heard those running on a more liberal or “progressive” platform, as well as those espousing a more conservative agenda. There’s one big … more
If you’ve been following my columns recently, you will hopefully see that I am working through an assertion I made in the column, “Diagnosing the source of political discord” published Jan. 28; … more
Black History Month is a celebration of an amazing culture! African-Americans have made tremendous contributions to the fabric of America. For example, Dr. Shirley Jackson, a theoretical … more
I just got back from the creativity conference I have attended annually for almost 10 years now. It’s a conference for church leaders held by Leadership Nexus which was founded by a very successful … more
Our famous American poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mary Oliver, died on Jan. 17, 2019, and she left a body of poetry that many people think of as an American treasure. One of the most famous … more
As proven many times, if you put letters together, you can form words. If you string words together, you get paragraphs. Assemble a number of paragraphs together, and you get a story. If you put … more
It is a pleasure and honor to serve on the Wilson County Board of Commissioners. Our board is dedicated to serving the citizens of Wilson County. Part of our commitment is to make tough decisions and … more
I grew up in what was called “The Space Age,” which superseded “The Jet Age.” Living in a rural area with very little light pollution, I was able to marvel at the stars and planets, identify … more
RALEIGH — I have written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers since 1986. Have I influenced how readers think about the issues I discuss? I certainly … more
Last weekend, my family took a road trip to Pittsburgh to see “Hamilton” and created memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives. If you have followed this column, you know how … more
The state of affairs in America currently is chaos, dangerous, stalemated, vain, unhealthy, bleak, broken and not understood or cared for by enough forward-thinking citizens to make a difference. We … more
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