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As a native North Carolinian with two great-great-grandfathers who served in the Confederate army and were killed in the Civil War, I never was a great fan of Ulysses S. Grant. But after reading Ron … more
William Wordsworth’s famous poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” the poem many of us memorized as schoolchildren, comes to mind this time of the year as we see daffodils, buttercups, … more
I intend today’s column to be a bit of explanation, an opportunity for clarification and a bit of frank confession on the part of the writer. My headline may seem like a typo with a missed hyphen … more
When I first joined Instagram, one of the things I was most excited about was the choice of filters. I loved playing with them and manipulating photographs to reflect exactly what I wanted to … more
RALEIGH — Democrats made substantial gains in the 2018 elections, both in the U.S. House and in state offices. They did so primarily by running against the incumbent president, as is usually true … more
Nancy McFarlane is my mayor. She has led Raleigh through explosive growth, including a new train station, the purchase of Dix Park, promotion of Raleigh as an arts scene and tourist destination and … more
So, is any of this hate justified? If you are confused by the question, you’ll need to read my March 14 column entitled, “The divisive politics of hate.” Short answer; yes and no. Some will … more
On the first day of the 2019 legislative session, Democrats introduced legislation to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. Among the justifications for expansion was that it would create more than … more
March Madness is here! For those of you who do not follow college basketball, this is the time of year all of the rest of us are engrossed in games, brackets and competitions. And it marks the … more
Is it just one more small-town business that has closed its doors? Or is there more to it? For North Carolina barbecue lovers, last week’s closure of Wilber’s in Goldsboro was like the loss … more
Last week, we received welcome news in our efforts to increase teacher pay in North Carolina. According to a new report released March 12 by the National Education Association, one of the … more
Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
The time is now to find a job or pursue a new career, and several organizations are working to help Wilsonians do just that. The Rose Resource Center at the Original Rose of Sharon Church … more
Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
Decades of irresponsible, out-of-control government spending has left the United States drowning in an unprecedented level of debt. Last month, our national debt topped $22 trillion. Divided up, that … more
RALEIGH — While election scandals, national issues and candidate announcements for 2019 and 2020 races have dominated the political headlines, North Carolina is continuing to head in the direction … more
I’d like to start this week’s column by proclaiming something. I don’t have any money. Well, I have some money, but it’s allocated to bills and such. I make enough to put a roof over our … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
As I write this column, the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament is already underway. The oddity about this annual event is that I’m not paying any attention — yet. Television networks are … more
The past week has been very full indeed! As I noted last week, Ash Wednesday had kicked off the season of Lent, and with it comes a sense of greater discernment of God’s will and the Spirit at … more
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