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Last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t come wrapped in shiny paper and a bow, but it might as well have. It’s like a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. First came the raises and … more
Gene Roddenberry is fairly widely known to have pulled a fast one on network censors during the late 1960s by addressing all kinds of pertinent issues of the times in his legacy future universe in … more
It’s been a few weeks since Cooper has been mentioned in this column and he has become rather perturbed. He was online the other day and discovered I had written a column about Hobbs, the cat from … more
Dear Students, Many of you have already started back to school; others will begin the new school year in a couple of days. Our community wants this year to be the best year you have ever … more
RALEIGH — In the aftermath of a scathing report from State Auditor Beth Wood about mismanagement in North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control warehouse, some state lawmakers are renewing calls … more
The apple is a symbol of knowledge and education, and giving an apple to a teacher is a time-honored tradition, especially at back-to-school time. As we start a new school year, … more
One of the most insidious ways politicians expand government is by creating new programs to “solve” problems created by politicians. For example, government interference in health care … more
If you tell a lie long enough and often enough, people will eventually believe it. That certainly seems to be the theory behind trying to convince people that the press is filled with fake news and … more
Let’s examine the word “nice,” a short, simple, easy-to-pronounce word we use frequently. Nice has numerous connotations and is extremely versatile. Not only can the word mean many … more
Wilson Medical Center and the Wilson County Health Department are partnering again this year to offer a Maternity & Breastfeeding Fair to the community. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, … more
When the courts rule against laws our legislature has passed, which they often do, it never seems to enter lawmakers’ minds that those rulings are because of their own wrongheaded notions. Nope. … more
In mid-August, the New Haven (Connecticut) Register reports, more than 70 people suddenly fell ill at a local park, collapsing and losing consciousness. Terror attack? Accidental industrial … more
New salon owner Christy Whaley is relatively new to the business, but being a stylist has always been an aspiration of hers. “I’ve always wanted to do hair, but when I got burned out in the … more
The use of financial incentives to attract new businesses is a controversial topic in most states, including North Carolina. The debates might get more heated with the prospects of Apple and/or … more
Despite the recent hype about the state’s public unfunded liability, the sky is not falling.   North Carolina has the fifth-largest public pension system in the United States, with … more
RALEIGH — According to a recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of Democratic voters view socialism positively, more than the 47 percent who view capitalism positively. If that sounds utterly bonkers to … more
To hear some in the media tell it, the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks is a massive detour from common sense. “Highly problematic,” a … more
When we were children, my father and mother would remind my brother and me (usually when we were in the midst of trying to do bodily harm to one another) that there would come a day when all we would … more
Old-time country churches were an important part of rural life and were scattered all around the countryside. Most rural communities had and still have a church or two, some of them small and others … more
I couldn’t help but overhear the other day as a friend of mine argued with his girlfriend on the telephone. It wasn’t a heated argument, nor was it very loud, but it was clearly an argument. The … more
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