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RALEIGH — It might sound odd to hear this from someone who’s been writing a syndicated column on politics for more than 30 years, but politics has become vastly more important in our lives than … more
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Lawmakers in this rural corner of Tennessee near Knoxville passed an interesting resolution the other night, making Blount County a sanctuary. Sanctuary municipalities are … more
We’ve all been in a conversation at least once in our lives where we will be talking with someone, finish with what we were saying and — bam! — they will say something, have an automated … more
A large majority of retirees work between 25 to 30 years in public service before receiving their retirement, contributing 6% of their pay each month. For many public sector workers, that monthly, … more
Philosophy was a favorite discipline of study in college. Apparently, this isn’t a popular subject among millennials today, much less those of the political left. One of the primary subjects … more
We’ve all experienced a myriad of sounds or noises during our lives, including some that stay with us and become either pleasant or not-so-pleasant memories. As you read about sounds I recall, … more
RALEIGH — We all want North Carolina to be an attractive place to live, work, create jobs, rear families and build communities. When we move from ends to means, the level of disagreement moves from … more
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, adding his voice to calls to “break up” the social media giant, calls it a “powerful monopoly, eclipsing all of its rivals and erasing competition.” In … more
In many aspects of life, there are rules we follow. These rules are usually based on experience, and they give us a general idea of what to expect. The rules don’t always work, but they do give us … more
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been on a steady decline over the last two years, but the past week or two have seen things getting alarmingly worse. Almost as concerning, however, … more
Events this week have made it clear that it’s party affiliation or even suspicion of partisanship, not competence, that matters in North Carolina government. On Monday, the recently reconstituted … more
This past week, the dynamic duo who tout the attributes of the comic book genre heeded the “Bat signal” and spent Superhero Day at Red Oak Elementary School, taking up the challenge of teaching … more
Every day we see and read news of this season’s graduation activities. We see pictures of students in their commencement regalia, and we read excerpts from addresses given by prominent citizens for … more
When people think of things that are decidedly American, I’m pretty certain flea markets are somewhere on the lists. In almost every part of this nation, on any given weekend, you can find a … more
RALEIGH — Congressional elections in odd-numbered years? Odd is certainly one way to describe what many North Carolinians are experiencing right now. But in some ways, the special elections of 2019 … more
I have a point every morning, right after mentally scrolling through my to-do list but before reading my devotional and praying, when I want to give up. But I’m still here. I used to have all … more
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend. Our traditional tribalism — Republicans and Democrats — … more
Humans are addicted to suffering. Let me repeat that — humans, on the whole, are addicted to suffering. Look at the nightly news. Look at daytime TV. How about horror-slasher movies? I used to … more
“Finding a lane” has become this election cycle’s shorthand advice to candidates attempting to separate themselves from the competition and focus on a predetermined course that will lead to the … more
The following suggestions are not sanctioned by any governing body or organization and are provided merely to help make life easier. Never assume the shortest checkout line at the grocery store … more
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