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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
I usually pepper my public presentations with some humor. After all, even I know economics can be a rather dull and dry subject. Injecting some jokes and laughter lightens the mood and makes me … more
For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and thinking back, I don’t believe we ever had a patio.  I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck or the … more
Over the past several weeks, as we’ve mourned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, North Carolinians and people across our nation have been having critical, overdue … more
In a typical year, the Fourth of July would be an occasion to celebrate America’s origins, history and future. Marking the anniversary of our nation’s founding should be an opportunity … more
This is the story of John and Eliza.  It is a Civil War love story. It is also a story of war, death, disease and battle. But most of all, it is a story of the trials, triumphs and tribulations … more
Hal Tarleton’s commentary on Confederate statues (“Confederate statues’ days are numbered,” June 19) is illustrative of the problems with so much modern thinking on this … more
If you were around in 1990, you probably remember the worldwide shock at the revelation that thousands of small children in Romania were housed in abominable conditions by the former Communist regime … more
RALEIGH — With hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians out of work and millions fearful about their futures, state and local policymakers are about to encounter a parade of companies, … more
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