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RALEIGH — I have devoted most of my life to building, inhabiting and sometimes leading organizations devoted to advancing the cause of freedom. But what I mean by that term may be quite different … more
My son is home for the summer. I can tell because a good number of my glasses and dishes are in his room. This is an ongoing battle, and I have been losing for a long time. Judging by the visits I … more
More than 800 people gathered in Raleigh this week to address the opioid epidemic. Five lives are lost each day and more than 13,000 deaths occurred between 1999 and 2017 due to opioids. In addition … more
I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag. With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York … more
OK, ladies, Father’s Day is June 16. It’s only fair that I give you girls some tips on sweet gifts for those special dads in your lives. I hope some of the fellas took some tips away from my … more
Ever since the beginning of creation, humans have been running away from and then trying to seek and find God, Creator, whatever name you use. We were formed in the image of our Creator, then he was … more
Late in the evening of June 5, 1944, Winston Churchill soberly asked his wife, Clementine, “Do you realize that by the time you wake up in the morning, 20,000 men may have been killed?” I … more
This week’s column will address several questions, comments and suggestions that have come across my desk (doesn’t that wording sound official?) from readers over the past few days in connection … more
Those of us from rural communities know the stories all too well. Neighbors who skip doctor appointments because they can’t afford insurance. Parents who worry about how long it would take for an … more
Nash County voters were recently treated to two more examples of why character matters. First, freshman Rep. James Gailliard wasted no time in recording his first “flip-flop” by changing his … more
RALEIGH — Although policymakers sometimes portray increasing access and reducing cost as separate objectives for health care reform, the two are closely related. When North Carolinians lack … more
Most of the time when economics makes the headlines it’s about big things, like recessions, trade wars, tax changes and jobs. But economics also deals with smaller, technical matters — things … more
It has been another busy week at the General Assembly. Many topics affecting the health care and well being of North Carolinians are highlighted in this newsletter. I remain energized to continue … more
A local fisherman thought he reeled in a turtle shell until he turned it over in his hand to find himself staring into the empty eye sockets of a human skull. Nearly 25 years later, the identity … more
Don’t mess with the leadership of the N.C. General Assembly. That seems to be the central message in a dispute between the legislature and Vidant Health, the corporation that operates the … more
A day or two ago, as I often do, I got a Facebook message from my daughter. Usually, she will check in and let me know how her day is going or how my grandsons are doing, but sometimes it’s … more
Spoiler alert for “Avengers: Endgame” — big-time! (Also, just a note of correction that last week’s headline was mistakenly printed as “Immortality in the Immutable Timeline” when the … more
Recently I shared with our local graduates a few ideas and messages from Thoreau’s masterpiece, “Walden,” and since then I have had the book so much on my mind that I decided to continue along … more
At the risk of sounding like Oprah, here’s what I know for sure: the blessings that God has for me are much too big for me to handle alone. I know this like I know my name. I’m not boasting in … more
RALEIGH — Although it may not appear so, the leaders of both major political parties in North Carolina favor lowering the tax burden of large businesses. Their real dispute is about the scope and … more
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