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It is obvious that we live in as polarized a society as has ever existed in America since the Civil War. Some may argue that we are just as polarized as was the country in the 1860s, but it is easy … more
The creation of a system of taxpayer-funded public schools accessible to all is one of America’s greatest achievements. Public education evolved in this country to not only serve the needs of … more
In last week’s column I wrote about federal District Court Judge Waites Waring and his efforts to bring justice to African-American teachers and students in South Carolina from the 1940s to the … more
I’m kind of a gunslinger. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s definitely a metaphor and not based in reality. In fact, I don’t own a gun nor do I have the hubris to think that, despite my … more
Someone posted this on my personal Facebook the other night and I looked at it for a moment or two. Certainly it was funny, as some things on Facebook currently are. It was a simple list of … more
Last year’s January report on our backyard winter garden stated that the temperature had killed most of our produce, which had thrived until a couple of days into the new year. This year’s … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans lost their General Assembly supermajorities in the 2018 midterms, and the GOP nationally lost ground in both legislatures and governorships after years of … more
Lawmakers return to Raleigh next week for the 2019 session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Pledges of harmony and bipartisan cooperation were frequently heard on opening day but are more … more
My name is LaMonique, and I’m a Girl Scout cookie addict. My main cookie dealer is about 10 years old, and her mom knows that I’m an easy target. I don’t believe I’ve ever denied a Girl … more
Since the government shutdown began, we’ve seen plenty of posturing and finger-pointing — but not much common sense. Sadly, this is the new normal in American politics. At the heart of the … more
Say what you will about the state of things in North Carolina, but Florence’s raging floodwaters and fierce winds couldn’t stop us from living out the Golden Rule. This is especially true for … more
Chapel Hill is still stunned. Folks here woke up on Tuesday last week to see the base of the Silent Sam monument gone, thanks to the surprising and decisive action of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor … more
Let’s start by destroying the common Wall Street/Trump assumption that all confrontations are a zero-sum game. One side wins it all. One side loses it all. That is simply not the case. I am not … more
Realizing how cellphones and handheld mobile phone devices have come to completely consume and dominate our world in so many ways, it might be difficult for some — especially younger folks — to … more
Well, I didn’t get any takers on my admonition to challenge my assertion concerning the belief that we have far too many American citizens relying on government subsidies and that it is just as … more
Everyone has guilty pleasures. Mine just happen to be DC and Marvel. With “Aquaman” dominating the box office right now at an amazing $483 million worldwide for DC, and “Spider-Man : Into The … more
A lot has changed since 1969, but Burger Boy has remained largely the same and now the popular eatery is celebrating 50 years of serving the community with some anniversary deals. “We made some … more
RALEIGH — The promise of “Medicare for All” polls well. But if Democrats endorse the concept in large numbers, and make it or some other large-scale expansion of government health plans a … more
My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher. Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as … more
One of the new Democratic House majority’s top priorities is so-called campaign finance reform legislation. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, campaign finance reform legislation does not … more
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