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Chapel Hill is still stunned. Folks here woke up on Tuesday last week to see the base of the Silent Sam monument gone, thanks to the surprising and decisive action of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor … more
Let’s start by destroying the common Wall Street/Trump assumption that all confrontations are a zero-sum game. One side wins it all. One side loses it all. That is simply not the case. I am not … more
Realizing how cellphones and handheld mobile phone devices have come to completely consume and dominate our world in so many ways, it might be difficult for some — especially younger folks — to … more
Well, I didn’t get any takers on my admonition to challenge my assertion concerning the belief that we have far too many American citizens relying on government subsidies and that it is just as … more
Everyone has guilty pleasures. Mine just happen to be DC and Marvel. With “Aquaman” dominating the box office right now at an amazing $483 million worldwide for DC, and “Spider-Man : Into The … more
A lot has changed since 1969, but Burger Boy has remained largely the same and now the popular eatery is celebrating 50 years of serving the community with some anniversary deals. “We made some … more
RALEIGH — The promise of “Medicare for All” polls well. But if Democrats endorse the concept in large numbers, and make it or some other large-scale expansion of government health plans a … more
My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher. Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as … more
One of the new Democratic House majority’s top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not … more
Fifty-five years ago this month, Barry Goldwater launched his quixotic campaign to be the Republican candidate for president. In the process, he turned American politics upside down. He won the … more
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Hallmark forces us to look at our men and measure them by the gesture they make for us. I know there are women out there who will read this and say, “No, … more
Imagine traveling from Raleigh to Charlotte in about 22 minutes; not by train, plane or car, but instead in a pod, transported through an almost friction-free tunnel. This concept is under … more
“In Darkest South Carolina” by Brian Hicks tells the story of J. Waties Waring, a federal district judge in Charleston, S.C., and his largely overlooked efforts to have school segregation … more
At this point, “Aquaman” has been out for about a month now. And up until this past week, I haven’t said anything about the movie even in the kids Sunday school that I teach each Sunday … more
When I was attending public schools, I enjoyed most of my classes, but I especially loved language arts and English classes. Grammar was easy, and it taught me to appreciate the structure of the … more
I believe Beyonce when she says she posts up, rides ‘round and is flossin’ flawlessly. She’s amazing, and at this stage in her career, she’s allowed to brag a little. However, I do not … more
RALEIGH — Consider this scenario. A couple of years before a politician is elected to his current job, he signs a lease agreement worth as much as $1 million with a large private company. Later, … more
As state superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools, I often hear from other leaders that standardized tests help hold students, teachers and schools accountable. Accountability is important … more
I submitted a column last week for the first time since my self-imposed hiatus and, admittedly, I broke the one rule I had vowed never to do; purposefully write anything that could be readily viewed … more
The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has released its initial 2018 annual report, the pages of which are filled with colorful photos of smiling people and happy … more
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