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I was 16 years old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother on a dark road, on our way to pick up my father from his second-shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a … more
This year is just half over, and it could get twice as bad. The COVID-19 pandemic could keep getting worse. The economic collapse and high unemployment could last for months and years. The … more
RALEIGH — History is full of cases in which people subverted their own just causes by acting impulsively rather than carefully considering the costs and benefits. As the ancient poet Horace put … more
Some North Carolina old-timers still talk about the disastrous 1943 train wreck south of Fayetteville. It killed 74 people, including the father of one of the central characters of beloved author … more
I almost blew it until a Sunday paper alerted me to National Pecan Pie Day.  So, it was time to make a pecan pie — not for me, but for Ashley Benton, my oldest granddaughter. … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
Protections for human trafficking survivors are being steadily eroded.  From cuts in funding to clandestine attacks on immigration rights for survivors, the current administration has … more
Did you know that Wilson Community College has a brand-new program starting this fall? The new two-year degree program, building construction technology, prepares students to apply technical … more
I’ve started doing something each night that I haven’t done since I was a young girl — kneeling beside my bed to pray before climbing under the covers. I have a dedicated space … more
This was the most unusual July Fourth holiday most of us ever experienced. It just wasn’t the same without the traditional bands, parades, fireworks and cookouts. With all we’ve been … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during … more
Lost among the news from a busy Independence Day weekend was a Washington Post report that the National Football League would begin its first game of the 2020-21 season with the playing or … more
Reciprocity, the act of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, is one of the laws of social psychology that we just cannot do without. We are taught as small children to do kind things for … more
Open up. Talk and listen.  Those words were the ending of my previous guest column.  Last weekend’s Fourth of July was special to us all for listening. Elizabeth and I celebrated … more
“Defunding the Police” has received mixed support throughout the nation. Though many people are against systemic racism and our current form of public safety, there is something about … more
RALEIGH — If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter … more
From police to portraits, from statues to school buildings, Americans are taking a new look at our racial — and racist — past. One legacy of that past is the Electoral College for … more
What would Joe Oxendine say to the Washington NFL football team about its nickname? Oxendine, a proud Lumbee Indian and a personal hero of mine, died in April at age 90. He was chancellor of … more
Have you ever wondered who teaches at your local community college?  Although Wilson Community College has 46 full-time instructors who teach classes at the college, we also have 87 part-time … more
An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, … more
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