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With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Hallmark forces us to look at our men and measure them by the gesture they make for us. I know there are women out there who will read this and say, “No, … more
Imagine traveling from Raleigh to Charlotte in about 22 minutes; not by train, plane or car, but instead in a pod, transported through an almost friction-free tunnel. This concept is under … more
“In Darkest South Carolina” by Brian Hicks tells the story of J. Waties Waring, a federal district judge in Charleston, S.C., and his largely overlooked efforts to have school segregation … more
At this point, “Aquaman” has been out for about a month now. And up until this past week, I haven’t said anything about the movie even in the kids Sunday school that I teach each Sunday … more
When I was attending public schools, I enjoyed most of my classes, but I especially loved language arts and English classes. Grammar was easy, and it taught me to appreciate the structure of the … more
I believe Beyonce when she says she posts up, rides ‘round and is flossin’ flawlessly. She’s amazing, and at this stage in her career, she’s allowed to brag a little. However, I do not … more
RALEIGH — Consider this scenario. A couple of years before a politician is elected to his current job, he signs a lease agreement worth as much as $1 million with a large private company. Later, … more
As state superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools, I often hear from other leaders that standardized tests help hold students, teachers and schools accountable. Accountability is important … more
I submitted a column last week for the first time since my self-imposed hiatus and, admittedly, I broke the one rule I had vowed never to do; purposefully write anything that could be readily viewed … more
The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has released its initial 2018 annual report, the pages of which are filled with colorful photos of smiling people and happy … more
Facing an unruly band of newly installed members of the House clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a voice of moderation, urging caution while … more
A couple of weeks ago I shared with readers a list of famous North Carolinians published in the 2019 “The World Almanac and Book of Facts.” I invited readers to suggest other people they … more
It’s time to brush up on your knowledge of speakeasies, bathtub gin, demon rum, homebrew, bootlegging and other icons of the Roaring Twenties. Jan. 16 marks the 100th anniversary of the … more
Shortly after arriving at my workplace at the Johnstonian News in Kenly on Friday morning, I received a phone call from fellow photojournalist Drew C. Wilson of The Wilson Times. Although Drew and … more
RALEIGH — Milton Friedman once observed that “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” To be sure, spending bills or regulations initially sold as limited responses to … more
In an ideal world, America’s break with King George III’s Britain would have been a clean, simple affair. We’d have announced our intention to leave, been told to suit ourselves and there’s … more
2019 was only four days old when we got the announcement the U.S. Supreme Court was going to hear arguments on North Carolina’s redistricting lawsuit in March. Once again, our state will be in the … more
I was born and raised in New Jersey and I moved to North Carolina 14 years ago. It took me a long time to adjust to the lifestyle here, but the hardest thing to try to ignore is the treatment and … more
As we begin 2019, I want to highlight some of the work the North Carolina Department of Justice has done in the past year to prevent crime, support law enforcement, safeguard consumers and defend … more
OK, I’m back. After writing a weekly column in this publication for nearly 30 years, it looks like I’m back in print following a 10-year hiatus. The old column aimed to be a personal conversation … more
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