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Most Americans, exhausted by Trump’s demagogic lying and relentless pillaging of the values we hold dear, are understandably skeptical that impeachment will cleanse the stench and quash the … more
For those of you who do not like January, take heart. Even with the coming of some of our coldest weather of the year, there are blessings and ways to warm up to January with a little … more
North Carolinians are determined, tough people. For generations, our families have weathered brutal hurricanes. But recent history tells us there’s a new normal when it comes to these storms, and … 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
“It’s time for a change I’m tired of that same ol’ same The same ol’ words, the same ol’ lines The same ol’ tricks and the same ol’ rhymes.” Those are the opening words … more
A decade ago, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, business analysts and policymakers thought they saw a turn toward a new urbanism. Downtown lofts and dense developments were the vogue. There … more
COVID-19 has removed many parts of our lives that we have taken for granted pre-pandemic. Our ability to assemble in large groups, go out to eat, shop or participate in any form of event where we … more
The old wisdom says first impressions are the ones people remember. It’s been said that the first impression is always right and it is always stored in the back of the mind for future reference. I … more
RALEIGH — When all was said and done, North Carolina’s special congressional elections this year proved not to be particularly special. Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy easily defeated … 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
It was a Christmas greeting tailor-made for a pre-redemption Ebenezer Scrooge. A viral Facebook photo showed two police officers posing with a collection of taped-together cardboard signs seized … more
RALEIGH — Need a break from reading about COVID-19? I don’t blame you. The virus and the reaction to it have robbed us of precious lives, thrown our economy into a tailspin and subjected … more
There is no doubt that we have been living in extraordinary times these past few months. People everywhere are looking for hope, something to believe in and somewhere to place their trust in an … more
“Watermelon ­— it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face,” said Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. What other fruit allows us to do all three at the same … more
In a display touting Colonial Williamsburg’s three decades of inclusion of African American characters among its costumed interpreters in the restored Colonial capital of Virginia, the Colonial … more
North Carolina and Duke Energy have been leaders as solar power has grown as a portion of our energy mix. But in conversations around the state, one impression is hard to shake: Many people … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
I have stretch marks, and they’re not going anywhere. I tried to prevent them. During my pregnancy, I diligently oiled my growing belly. I stayed hydrated. They popped up anyway. These dark, … more
The following is a true story that has evolved over a bit of time. It is, in short, a land dispute between residents who claim ownership over the same domain. Were one to interview each party, it is … more
After a few weeks off, I’m returning with the first column of a new month, year and decade. I am also using a new laptop with an unfamiliar keyboard layout, so I am certain there will be more … more
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