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RALEIGH — In any human enterprise as complex, varied and challenging as education, we shouldn’t expect a great deal of consensus, much less unanimity. Politicians, educators, parents and citizens … more
After listening to the stories I’ve heard over the past few weeks (and over the past 25 years) in the waiting area of the Lyndhurst Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, I will … more
The Boston Globe’s Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020’s formally declared “major party” presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. … more
“While I’m feeling good, let’s go get some things done.” My aunt, Bettie Jean Barnes Lucas, called me one morning to get me to hang out with her while she ran errands. Less than three … more
Remember the good old days? Did you have a favorite disco outfit? Did you ever get dropped off to meet your friends at the roller rink or spend hours by the radio in high school during the ’80s, … more
How did a close election in the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina lead to this column? It does not have anything to do with the recent contest between Mark Harris and Dan McCready that … more
It’s March, and for most of my colleagues, neighbors and friends, this means only one thing — “March Madness” and the NCAA basketball tournament. This is a big deal in the country, but … more
February, the month that just ended, is a strange sort of month in that is has provided us with more questions, confusion and quirkiness than all the other months combined. To begin with, let’s … more
RALEIGH — If you own it, you control it. That’s what it means to enjoy a property right, in a nutshell. It is a right safeguarded by North Carolina’s constitution as well as the 14th Amendment … more
Today, state Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham will once again bring the Equal Rights Amendment before the N.C. General Assembly with a request for ratification. If our General Assembly … more
It was springtime two years ago and I was out to dig up what remained of a palm tree that had not survived the winter. After only five strikes with my ax, I was gasping for breath and on my knees. … more
The fact that a “Mobile World Congress” will soon convene in Barcelona, Spain, probably doesn’t interest very many Americans. And yet what will be going on there could affect something that … more
After Congress rejected President Trump’s request for $5.7 billion for the border wall, the president declared a national emergency at the southern border. President Trump claims this … more
According to comedian Jeff Allen, not to be confused with Tim Allen of “Home Improvement” or “Last Man Standing” fame, women, apparently, have their own language called, “woman.” Jeff … more
“The days of our life are threescore and ten, and even by reason of strength fourscore years; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” — Psalm 90:10 Here … more
While driving not long ago, I was listening to the car radio as I do on almost every drive. The only time the radio is not on is when I am on the phone. I don’t have one of those fancy setups that … more
Ideas about the school lunchroom of the past have been mentioned previously in this column, yet details were few and basic. Here is the expanded account of that vital element of elementary … more
“The Truth, as we see it, is that differences don’t have to divide. In fact, diversity is what makes us stronger. Celebrating differences and gifts is one of the things that St. Paul talks about … more
The day after Valentine’s Day, I said a prayer and put my wedding rings away in my jewelry cabinet. Separation. It is a shock and a long time coming. It is inner peace and outward chaos. It is … more
In case you missed it, there was an enormously important ruling issued last Friday by a Wake County Superior Court judge that ought to rekindle the public’s belief in (and support for) democratic, … more
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