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RALEIGH — In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy and unfinished business. During several of these interviews, Reagan went … more
For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.” The reason it’s your right … more
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all … more
Tonight, my wife burned dinner. Well, perhaps burned is not the appropriate word. The dinner was supposed to be a wheel of brie surrounded by puff pastry and topped with caramelized bacon and … more
Quilting has been around for centuries and was brought to the United States by English and Dutch settlers in the early days of colonization. Many homes have quilts in use and in storage, quilts … more
Ash Wednesday was this past week, and with it came the beginning of the season of Lent. In many ways, the Lenten journey recognizes that our life is lived searching for love in a constant shadow of … more
One of the hazards of aging is that you begin to feel left out of all the latest trends in food, music, movies, fashions, health, sports and organization. I’ve quit watching awards shows because I … more
Democrats applying to be their party’s next presidential nominee constitute the second-largest growth industry in America surpassed only by those providing legal advice to Trump administration … more
RALEIGH — In any human enterprise as complex, varied and challenging as education, we shouldn’t expect a great deal of consensus, much less unanimity. Politicians, educators, parents and citizens … more
After listening to the stories I’ve heard over the past few weeks (and over the past 25 years) in the waiting area of the Lyndhurst Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, I will … more
The Boston Globe’s Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020’s formally declared “major party” presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. … more
“While I’m feeling good, let’s go get some things done.” My aunt, Bettie Jean Barnes Lucas, called me one morning to get me to hang out with her while she ran errands. Less than three … more
Remember the good old days? Did you have a favorite disco outfit? Did you ever get dropped off to meet your friends at the roller rink or spend hours by the radio in high school during the ’80s, … more
How did a close election in the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina lead to this column? It does not have anything to do with the recent contest between Mark Harris and Dan McCready that … more
It’s March, and for most of my colleagues, neighbors and friends, this means only one thing — “March Madness” and the NCAA basketball tournament. This is a big deal in the country, but … more
February, the month that just ended, is a strange sort of month in that is has provided us with more questions, confusion and quirkiness than all the other months combined. To begin with, let’s … more
RALEIGH — If you own it, you control it. That’s what it means to enjoy a property right, in a nutshell. It is a right safeguarded by North Carolina’s constitution as well as the 14th Amendment … more
Today, state Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham will once again bring the Equal Rights Amendment before the N.C. General Assembly with a request for ratification. If our General Assembly … more
It was springtime two years ago and I was out to dig up what remained of a palm tree that had not survived the winter. After only five strikes with my ax, I was gasping for breath and on my knees. … more
The fact that a “Mobile World Congress” will soon convene in Barcelona, Spain, probably doesn’t interest very many Americans. And yet what will be going on there could affect something that … more
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