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RALEIGH — It requires a certain kind of person to think that a 300-page policy report could ever resolve a longstanding political dispute. I fear that, in my early days as a journalist and … more
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes no bones about his position on the likely upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. “I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my … more
Would you believe that half of North Carolina’s nurses received their degrees from a community college? Nurses are in high demand, and it’s such an exciting and desirable career. Some nursing … more
Most Americans, exhausted by Trump’s demagogic lying and relentless pillaging of the values we hold dear, are understandably skeptical that impeachment will cleanse the stench and quash the … more
Forget the phony solemnity about the Constitution and the rule of law. Forget the malarkey about the president committing high crimes and misdemeanors. We all know the real reasons Democrats … more
We could use a good snowstorm right about now. I love a good dusting of snow. I love how it disrupts our routines and throws everything out of whack. I lived in Washington for nearly eight … more
“The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter — ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning,” Mark Twain said. I spent most … more
It seems like we got cheated this holiday season. Thanksgiving fell as late as is possible, and therefore, the normal marker of when “the holidays” begin was as late as possible. Am I the only … more
So, here are ideas about what we can do to give our lives comfort, meaning and diversion during times of division and uncertainty. That is right. Ideas to keep ourselves from becoming overwrought … more
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9% 2010 high we experienced following the Great Recession to 4% in October. But that’s not uniform across the state. The low was … more
Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! Removing Donald Trump from office before he can get reelected is the only thing in Washington that Democrats and the national media really care about. But while … more
RALEIGH — Walter de Vries passed away in Wrightsville Beach on Nov. 27, shortly after his 90th birthday. His legacy includes an accomplished career in politics and academia, venerable institutions … more
On Nov. 29, FBI agents arrested hacker and cryptocurrency developer Virgil Griffith. His alleged crime: Talking. Yes, really. The FBI alleges that Griffith “participated in discussions … more
I can’t always wrap my brain around the idea that the same God who grants me direct access to Him through prayer, who is my confidant and my comforter, who allows and prefers me to be exposed and … more
It’s the Christmas season. It’s the time when God is blessing all of us with His gift of time. It’s the time when strangers greet strangers. The birth of baby Jesus is represented in so many … more
What’s the best gift you ever received? Whatever it was, it surely wasn’t a material item bought in a store. An experience, rather than a material good, is the best gift to receive. That’s … more
For me, and likely for many of you, the most vivid Christmas memories come from the time when we were between 6 and 9 years old, coincidentally about the same age as Ralphie, the main character in … more
The Democratic presidential race is ultimately a debate about whether to promise America a revolution or a restoration. For much of 2019, revolution seemed to be winning. But then, in late … more
RALEIGH — After Democrat Roy Cooper narrowly defeated Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016, the GOP-led General Assembly moved quickly to dispossess the incoming governor of some of the office’s … more
Modern technology has done wonderful things for us. Take my job — university professor — as an example. I began teaching at North Carolina State University in 1978. I used dust-creating chalk … more
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