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October is here and students as well as teachers have been pushed into the school year at full force. The summer is over and suddenly it feels like I have about 99 problems. As a senior, I can speak … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools are among the best in the country at delivering academic value for the tax dollars spent on them. If you haven’t heard that before, … more
There is nothing I love more than the cool crisp air and colors of fall. It’s the perfect season for getting outdoors before the cold sets in. The other awesome thing about autumn is that there … more
About this time each year, we looked forward to receiving the Sears Wish Book. This wonderful catalogue was about three inches thick, packed with thousands of items. It was the official kickoff to … more
With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.” I come from a long-ish line of … more
Last week the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Sadly, instead of replacing NAFTA’s … more
Driving home this evening, I called my wife and asked what was for dinner. There was a long pause and, for a second, I could hear a deep sigh. I could hear the exasperation in that sigh and I … more
I had a philosophy professor in college who loved to pose as his final question on every exam: “compare, contrast, and critically evaluate...” — and then he would usually choose two of the … more
In one of his novels, Alexander McCall Smith wrote the following about one of his characters:“She believed in getting as much use as possible from everything, and thought that as long as machinery, … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping … more
My mom died 14 years ago from breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs. She believed in her community, and she worked tirelessly to make it better. Everything she did was centered around … more
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and offers us an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember and reflect on those who have lost their life to this disease, and gaze into the … more
Several years ago, former Wilson mayor Ralph El-Ramey presented me with a copy of a book titled “Code of the City of Wilson N.C. – 1952 ” that contained various ordinances and regulations. … more
A few weeks ago I was asked to be a part of the campaign to defeat two misleading constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot in November. It was easy to say yes, because as a trial … more
No one puts out a welcome mat for the Grim Reaper, but those who’ve built up successful businesses have even more reason to dread his approach. Why? Because they know the death tax will soon exact … more
A Wilson-based pimento cheese company that earned acclaim earlier this year has laid down roots in historic downtown Wilson. OMGoodness Pimento Cheese owners Donna and James Flowers Sr. are … more
Last month’s flooding from Hurricane Florence brought such bad news to New Bern and its neighboring cities, towns and communities. There is a little bit of good news for New Bern this … more
RALEIGH — Do political movements ever really accomplish anything? The English writer G.K. Chesterton had his doubts. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and … more
Current U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield got it wrong again. Just as he was “disappointed” in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, his response was almost verbatim and parroted by other liberal … more
The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process has stumbled forward like a 10-year-old pushing a marble pedestal twice his size up a four-story stairwell. You could say that Dr. Christine … more
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