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A few months ago, we had some trouble here at the house and had to call a plumber.  Well, as renters, we actually called the emergency maintenance number and the tired woman at the other end … more
With sheriffs and district attorneys openly defying enforcement of state stay-at-home orders, the governor is quickly losing control of his statewide public health order. The #ReopenNC effort has … more
Gov. Roy Cooper is showing us the difference between competent government and the mess in Washington.  While Republicans complain that he’s reopening the state too slowly, the governor … more
Human beings need to find beauty and peace in creative ways during difficult times. Now that our lives are stressed and our habits and schedules have changed in ways that are uncomfortable and … more
Being home can bring its own set of distractions. I’ve created an exhaustive list of home improvement projects. The sink can’t stay free of dishes for more than 20 minutes. … more
There are new jobs being forecasted for beyond 2020. They have to do with the fourth industrial revolution.  It’s here and has been for a while. The new jobs coming are merging digital … more
Congress has appropriated more than $2 trillion to compensate for the loss of jobs and income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The spending is unprecedented, greater even than the recovery spending … more
For a while, it appeared North Carolina’s leaders were heading down the road of bipartisan cooperation, something we can all applaud. But in recent days, that journey has taken a partisan … more
RALEIGH — So far, the federal government has agreed to borrow some $4 billion and then transfer the money to North Carolina state and local governments to address the health, education and … more
As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority should be focusing on keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy.  At the same time, this pandemic has also left more than 1 … more
A month ago I said it will be the public that makes the decision to reopen America, not the government. It took too long, but that’s exactly what has happened. From the beaches of … more
One laudable side effect of the COVID-19 panic is a nationwide effort to promote “vote by mail” as a universal alternative to standing in line at polling places. One reason that effort is … more
Politics, like basketball, has an inside game and an outside game. You can win either way. But rarely do you see a political player who is good at both. Two of the North Carolina Democratic … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is opening up after nearly two months of lockdown. I wish the reopening was faster, broader and more reflective of the varying conditions across the … more
What do you give an aging man on his birthday during this time of deadly pandemic? As an important birthday milestone approaches for me, my children and grandchildren may be wondering what in the … more
Did you know that you could become a certified paralegal in two years or less? A paralegal works under the supervision of an attorney and is responsible for many essential law-related tasks.  … more
The coronavirus crisis continues to be “the” story of our day. Few events have hit our lives and our economy with such force. We anxiously watch the daily data on cases and deaths, hoping … more
When it comes to freedom of speech, Generation Z is like a chemistry student who aces the written test but flunks the lab experiment. Students support First Amendment rights in theory but often … more
I’d like to take a few moments this week and thank some of the readers for their contributions to the column.  I got a nice letter from Billy Lamm, who is rapidly becoming a good friend … more
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. While the world continues to focus … more
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