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Have you ever seen a Cary police cruiser or Greensboro sheriff’s SUV here in Wilson, and said to yourself, “What are they doing here?” The answer is: They’re here for training at Wilson … more
I know it’s very uncool — at least in the precincts of snarky lefty Twitter — to defend Joe Biden, but I’ll give it a try. The Democratic front-runner is currently touring Iowa on a bus … more
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday, or did you wait for Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you joined those spending a record $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday. As … more
An article in the December issue of The Atlantic addresses an issue that has disturbed me for some time: Did we go too far in the 1970s in removing political “bosses” from the presidential … more
Music is everywhere this time of the year. Sacred and secular sounds of the season permeate our homes, cars, markets, stores and places of worship. How can we not sing along? Christmas carols, … more
We are at the time of year when the name of Jesus is most prominent for the everyday person. Maybe the way it’s expressed is actually in the declaration of the forthcoming celebration of … more
“The holidays are times spent with our loved ones.” This has been imprinted on our psyche from a young age. Holidays mark the passage of time in our lives. They are part of the milestones we … more
As the three of you who read this column already know, I took off last week to celebrate Thanksgiving. While enjoying my time off from the column, I was thinking of some things I could do with my … more
RALEIGH — While the health care debate has usually focused on questions of insurance coverage and finance, the composition and delivery of medical services have been changing significantly. Some of … more
One of my favorite ways to enjoy a lazy day on my couch is to watch ’90s sitcoms. “Seinfeld” is one of my top five shows. Twenty-plus years later, the antics of Jerry, Elaine, George and … more
Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher is a highly decorated combat veteran who made the mistake of posing for a photograph with a dead ISIS combatant. It was a breach of etiquette, to be sure. And … more
These are bad times for newspapers. That’s bad news for us. It’s easy to gripe about newspapers — and especially big newspaper chains. Newspapers make mistakes every day. And the big chains … more
Remember those ad jingles, show introductions and songs or tunes contained within certain 1950s and ‘60s TV shows that somehow found their way into our brains and got stuck there? Here are some … more
RALEIGH — I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two … more
“After 36 Years in Prison, 3 Men Cleared in Killing,” a headline in The New York Times streamed last week. Such a story is more and more common as efforts to establish the innocence of people … more
Where is the literary capital of North Carolina? Hillsborough? Pittsboro? Chapel Hill? The big cities like Charlotte, Asheville and Wilmington? Or the Triangle or Triad? Recently, the center of … more
After perhaps the messiest legislative session of my own memory, many deserving groups got shortchanged because of today’s brutal political narrative. Government retirees are perhaps among … more
The statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the Chatham County Courthouse and within a traffic circle surrounding the old courthouse has been removed. During my four years of college, I drove … more
Each year, on the fourth Thursday in November, families across the United States of America experience a mass version of amnesia that erases memories of the fourth Thursdays of previous … more
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower — and paid a price for it. It was in 10th grade chemistry. After we learned about the periodic tables, I was lost. … more
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