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Most of today’s schoolchildren are no longer required to spell words correctly as part of the educational process as was once the case. Furthermore, instead of using actual words and sentences … more
August has finally arrived. The eighth month of the year that brings hot temperatures, last-minute summer vacations and the dreaded back-to-school routines. My son Owen starts kindergarten this year, … more
President Trump’s recent tweets expressing displeasure with the Federal Reserve’s (minor) interest rate increases led to accusations that President Trump is undermining the Federal Reserve’s … more
“Ninety percent of media coverage of my administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.” No need to check the math in President Trump’s recent tweet. … more
Two Shoppes at Brentwood businesses have recently undergone changes in ownership and branding, and both say they’ve heard positive reactions from customers. Jon and Rhonda Anderson were loyal … more
Dick Spangler, who died last week, changed my life dramatically and forever. That makes it hard to write an objective and proper tribute to the Charlotte business leader and former president of the … more
This has been a dizzying decade for North Carolinians. Nearly every day we have witnessed attacks on the rule of law, and the checks and balances of our democracy at both the federal and state … more
RALEIGH — When conservatives advocate lower taxes and less regulation, their critics often retort that conservatives are just advancing the interest of business. That’s either a … more
If a liberal like Jesse Jackson went on CNN and accused my father of being a “known womanizer” like President Trump, conservatives across America would go off the rails. They’d defend the … more
On July 26, Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater, Florida parking lot. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to charge Drejka, citing the state’s “Stand Your … more
The definition of insanity, as they say, is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. And yet critics insist that the U.S. shouldn’t have withdrawn from the U.N. … more
In case national Republicans needed another reminder of the power of women at the ballot box, pollsters at Quinnipiac University just handed it to them. With the November midterms still three … more
I occasionally get emails from my in-laws that relay reviews of my columns. A lot of them come from their fellow residents of the retirement community in which they live. Others are from family … more
Snakes give most people the creeps. A few people here and there might really like our slithery, slender neighbors, yet many of us have been taught since childhood to stay clear of them, since they … more
I have not bought a car since 2000. Actually, I should clarify that statement: I haven’t bought a car for myself since the year 2000, and actually I didn’t take ownership of the car I ordered … more
STEPHEN COBB, CONTINUED “...My wright of the said lands that lies below the road aforesaid is one fifth part of the same that was allotted to the said Patience Cobb widow as aforesaid as a part … more
RALEIGH — Hickory has a labor shortage. Given our state’s recent economic history, that claim may sound incredible. But it’s true. Not so long ago, the metropolitan area anchored by Hickory, … more
Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the … more
One of the most valuable benefits any local chamber of commerce should provide to its community is its ability to direct businesses to opportunities that might help them be more competitive in the … more
Adhesive tape was invented in the 1920s by Richard Drew who worked for 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.) while duct tape was first manufactured in 1942 by Johnson and Johnson Permacel … more
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