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The Wilson Times recently published and posted on Facebook a letter to the editor I wrote stating what I thought to be the obvious reasons for the suppression of the testimonies of those who know the … more
Do you remember “Fiddler on the Roof,” the version featuring Zero Mostel, when he sings “Tradition”? I love that song, “Tradition.” It worms its way into my head and, well, there’s no … more
The Toltec tradition is a way of life. It is a way of life that offers you the complete freedom to be your authentic self. The path of change is unique to each of us and I have found that the … more
RALEIGH — In this New Year, there is a widespread assumption among North Carolina politicos that state policymakers will do little of consequence. Instead, they will position themselves for the … more
One of the things that frustrates me most as a parent or in my work is being questioned after I’ve delegated a task to complete. Time after time, I’ve watched my son drop and shake his head … more
Political correctness recently took a dangerous turn in the United Kingdom when the North Bristol National Health Service Trust announced that hospital patients who use offensive, racist or sexist … more
Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s No. 1 story in 2020. It starts early, as lawmakers return to Raleigh on Jan. 14 in hopes … more
With another Christmas come and gone, let’s briefly evaluate how we did. In the category of best or favorite performance by an actor in a Christmas movie as shown on TV, my choice would have to … more
RALEIGH — As another holiday season of shopping and gift-giving draws to its close, ask yourself which you enjoyed more: getting presents or giving them? If you’re like most people, you’ll … more
As 2020 dawns, we should note that election years ending in zero have reshaped America in dramatic and lasting ways throughout our history. Transformational leaders get elected. Profound social, … more
When I moved to Raleigh in 1978, it was a sleepy state capital with little excitement and few downtown residents. Now, more than 40 years later, construction cranes dot the downtown landscape. … more
Remember the schoolyard pushback to a bully’s taunts: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That advice doesn’t work so well in the age of social media and … more
In practical terms, Christmas is over. The after-Christmas sales have begun. But indulge me as I think of Christmas in the present tense on this fourth day of Christmas, with eight of the 12 days of … more
The year 2020 is not an ordinary year. The combination of numbers that will define our new year beginning in a few days requires us to have 20/20 vision about ourselves, our lives and our world. What … more
As a boy growing up in Goldsboro, I would sit in worship at the old church on Mulberry Street and stare at the ceiling and daydream. I would look at the planking on the roof and rafters and imagine … more
The bickering over impeachment did not stop the president and Congress from coming together last week to avert a government shutdown by passing a $1.4 trillion spending package. The bipartisan … more
Listen. What do you hear? Do you hear the jingle bell from the Salvation Army volunteers? What music do you hear at the mall? Christmas day is over. The carols are stashed away for another year. … more
RALEIGH — According to North Carolina regulators, Mecklenburg County needs 76 more hospital beds. Adding 80 would be excessive. Adding 72 would be inadequate. I’m sure their 76-bed prediction … more
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word: quarrelsome. We shouldn’t have been … more
As this year ends, I so badly want to be in the camp of people excited about the great things on the horizon and the clarity that supposedly will accompany the start of the next decade. I see … more
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