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“This county is my heart and soul. I am here because I chose to be here. I’ve made my home here, raised my family here, and I’m going to make every effort to stay.” We heard this inspiring … more
Please allow me to handle this matter as gently and properly as possible so as not to upset, offend, disturb or otherwise rile up anyone lurking out there and hoping to come across something said or … more
RALEIGH — A lot of North Carolina voters might have forgotten there’s an election primary coming up on May 8. TV viewers have seen few, if any, campaign ads. Only a few races have drawn news … more
Many people have asked me how I’m feeling as I await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. My answer changes moment by moment … more
For some time, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing or even speaking on the soccer training issue that occurred in March. I truly hoped after the school system completed its investigation that we … more
RALEIGH — On the question of how North Carolina should select its judges, and especially the justices of the Supreme Court, the state’s political leaders expressed sharply divergent … more
Note to readers: 55 years after graduation, members of our high school class reunited to reminisce and renew friendships. I wrote this piece for our hometown newspaper and it got so much comment I … more
SEOUL, South Korea — Throughout my latest visit to Northeast Asia, I’ve met with many governmental officials, business leaders, academics and activists, and seen firsthand that the people of … more
Inspectors from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons have finally arrived in Douma, Syria, to assess whether a gas attack took place earlier this month. It has taken a week for the … more
County commissioners’ recent decision to sell the certificate of need currently held by Wilson County Home Health is misguided. Thorough consideration of all the reasons the county home health … more
As long as there have been children, there have probably been playhouses, all of which allow children to act out being grown and practice working, solving problems and establishing … more
In a few weeks, my wife and I are attending the wedding of a good family friend. We are grateful to have been included in his special event and we are looking forward to it. We get together with … more
FINCH’S MILL Established on Bloomery Swamp in 1875 by Caswell F. Finch and covers 30 acres with a maximum depth of 10 feet. It is just north of the Route 264 bridge. The Finch Mill Post Office … more
It’s been almost three years since state legislative leaders hired longtime conservative politician Paul Coble to run the day-to-day operations of the General Assembly as state legislative services … more
It has recently come to my attention that an incident occurred during a women’s soccer practice at Fike High School causing coach Toni Varacchi to be suspended from her role as head soccer coach. I … more
April 20 was cannabis culture’s high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, … more
RALEIGH — Want to know why conservatives are more skeptical than progressives of the idea of government confiscating more of our money to throw at social programs? I’ve already given you the … more
Here’s to the cigar box, one of the most functional and useful items devised by man during the past century. On the invention importance scale cigar boxes might not get as much credit as they … more
I write to the voters of Wilson County — all voters in Wilson — because I see and hear unwarranted attacks on a candidate running for office. Please allow me to give an introduction to … more
RALEIGH — Most of us don’t have to deal with the most troubled agency in North Carolina government, but the crisis in our state prison system is bad enough to make headlines nearly every … more
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