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Facing an unruly band of newly installed members of the House clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a voice of moderation, urging caution while … more
A couple of weeks ago I shared with readers a list of famous North Carolinians published in the 2019 “The World Almanac and Book of Facts.” I invited readers to suggest other people they … more
It’s time to brush up on your knowledge of speakeasies, bathtub gin, demon rum, homebrew, bootlegging and other icons of the Roaring Twenties. Jan. 16 marks the 100th anniversary of the … more
Shortly after arriving at my workplace at the Johnstonian News in Kenly on Friday morning, I received a phone call from fellow photojournalist Drew C. Wilson of The Wilson Times. Although Drew and … more
RALEIGH — Milton Friedman once observed that “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” To be sure, spending bills or regulations initially sold as limited responses to … more
In an ideal world, America’s break with King George III’s Britain would have been a clean, simple affair. We’d have announced our intention to leave, been told to suit ourselves and there’s … more
2019 was only four days old when we got the announcement the U.S. Supreme Court was going to hear arguments on North Carolina’s redistricting lawsuit in March. Once again, our state will be in the … more
I was born and raised in New Jersey and I moved to North Carolina 14 years ago. It took me a long time to adjust to the lifestyle here, but the hardest thing to try to ignore is the treatment and … more
As we begin 2019, I want to highlight some of the work the North Carolina Department of Justice has done in the past year to prevent crime, support law enforcement, safeguard consumers and defend … more
OK, I’m back. After writing a weekly column in this publication for nearly 30 years, it looks like I’m back in print following a 10-year hiatus. The old column aimed to be a personal conversation … more
With winter’s fury assailing us this weekend, it’s the time when I like to hunker down with a book like a comfortable old blanket and ruminate upon some of those longstanding words of wisdom from … more
A few weeks ago in this column, I lamented the loss of the Sears Wish Book. A lot of you were kind enough to share your memories of the Wish Book and my wife and I shared a few hours looking at them … more
On some of our country rides when we find ourselves with free time, my husband Fred and I see beaver dams and sometimes lodges near the road. On a recent excursion we decided to stop, walk … more
I watched dream hampton’s documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in small doses. Actually, I haven’t finished it. I don’t know if I will. Hearing young black women’s stories of being … more
RALEIGH — Over the past eight years, conservative lawmakers have done much to constrain the excesses, expenses and abuses of governmental power in North Carolina. They have cut taxes, controlled … more
As I write this, the U.S. government is in its 18th day of a putative “shutdown.” Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but … more
WASHINGTON — It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of the National Mall. Jefferson’s famous … more
So we got this “build the wall” narrative heating up. Government — at least “part” of the government — is shut down and our president doesn’t appear he is going to budge on the issue of … more
Although most of us do not enjoy the grocery store shopping experience at what comedian Jerry Clower called “super-dyna-whopping” stores, these places are nonetheless a necessary evil in … more
When Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “technical corrections” bill before Christmas, he sent the General Assembly a spare three-sentence message. In doing so, he signaled that large issues lay behind … more
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