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Let’s be frank. Congressional incumbents seeking re-election have a distinct advantage over their opponents. One of those advantages is the congressional franking privilege. For those far enough … more
The term “race” is the 21st century’s equivalent to the 15th century’s “the world is flat.” The earth was never flat and there has never been a race of humans. Race was the 19th … more
“I don’t have time.” That is one of the main excuses I hear from people when they talk to me about couponing. As a mom of two extremely energetic babies; who works full-time and part-time, … more
We’ve had no shortage of goofiness at the General Assembly in the past few weeks. And we’re not just talking about the recently convened short session, which seems to have little purpose other … more
RALEIGH — If critics of Confederate monuments truly want to accomplish their goal of removing such objects from the public square, I’m a good example of the kind of person they ought to be trying … more
When it comes to trade deals, the big ones such as NAFTA tend to grab headlines. But our interests are also well-served by one-on-one agreements between individual countries and the U.S. In fact, the … more
ENOS NORVILLE On Oct. 18, 1809, Joshua B. Eason of Edgecombe County sold Enos Norville Sr., for 225 current N.C. money 382 acres on both sides of Ward’s Run, adjoining Amos Johnston, William … more
Our grandparents’ farm in Anson County was a wondrous place for my siblings and me, just as it was for our numerous cousins and other relatives who lived in that area of western North … more
I have been on vacation this week and it has been pretty nice. We didn’t go anywhere this summer and we chose to have a “staycation.” A staycation, for the two people out there who have … more
Last week I got pulled into some quick “fix-it man” service when my cousin from New Jersey found himself unable to complete his own to-do list. He got to the family beach cottage for his two-week … more
RALEIGH — In North Carolina politics, Democrats dominate urban areas while Republicans win suburban and rural voters. Outcomes are determined largely by which counties have the highest turnout in a … more
The issue of international trade — particularly with the world’s largest nation, China — has been much in the news of late. In Washington, the Trump administration continues to pursue a … more
You can always count on the neocons in Congress to ignore reality, ignore evidence and ignore common sense in their endless drive to get us involved in another war. Last week, for example, Sens. … more
Obama’s astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector. While both involved backroom deals, the … more
In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio and internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones’s number was due to come up. The big players in … more
In a recent column, we mentioned some facts related to 1950s and 1960s television shows that included some medium-difficulty trivia questions. A reader contacted me and said he enjoyed the … more
With summer drawing to a close, it will soon be time to focus on getting back into more “normal” routines. Afterschool practices, homework, carpool duties and the like become the order of the day … more
Just as more private-sector organizations are calling telecommuting workers back to the office, two politicians in Washington hope to encourage federal agencies to allow more government employees to … more
Most of this column is going to be copied from another writer. He knew how to say what I want to tell you much better than I. While I am at it, let me confess that most of what I write for you … more
Once, August was a tranquil time on Capitol Hill. But that’s no longer the case. After months of contentious wrangling over health care, taxes, tariffs, Supreme Court appointments and … more
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