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RALEIGH — Most North Carolinians think it is reasonable for voters to show identification before casting a ballot. A solid, although not overwhelming, majority voted last fall to place a voter-ID … more
A friend made an observation earlier this week about the nature of peace: “Sometimes we want to keep peace. But Scripture says we are to make peace. You keep peace by ignoring it. You make peace … more
Human consciousness is a concept that has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person’s ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we … more
There’s been plenty of uncertainty recently swirling around the national economy. Trade tensions, stock market ups and downs and movements in interest rates have all captured headlines and … more
In this time of political rancor and hate, it is nice to find something that old-time politicos agree on regardless of political affiliation when they answer this question: Who is North Carolina’s … more
I recently heard a radio ad describing an archery dealer in Havelock that featured 14 bow-shooting practice alleys inside the store and promoting itself as a kids’ birthday party … more
Want to be your own boss? Set your own hours? Control your destiny by earning commissions, bonuses and even luxury cruises? You could hear that too-good-to-be-true sales pitch at the next … more
This week, there was good news and bad news on the budget stalemate. The good news is that we passed bills to provide pay raises to law enforcement and state employees. Both sides were in … more
RALEIGH — The latest ratings of highway systems are out — and for North Carolina, the news is mixed. In general cost-effectiveness, our state’s roads and bridges rank a bit better than … more
Every four years, in every presidential race, Democrats have a war between moderates and liberals. Most every time, a moderate wins. This may be contrary to conventional wisdom. But you can look … more
Nothing is more important in education than children learning to read. It is the foundation upon which all learning is built. However, North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master … more
The Gospel of Luke records an incident early in Jesus’ ministry after he read Scripture in the synagogue at Nazareth, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good … more
To misquote Julie Andrews from “The Sound of Music”: Let’s start at the very ending, a very good place to start! I said those very words a couple of times recently as I vaguely recall. My … more
There was a time when I enjoyed grocery shopping. My wife and I always went together, and we always had a good time. I know that sounds weird, but we did in fact have a good time at the grocery … more
Sunday school picnics have been held for generations, and they continue to be celebrated in late summer in many Christian congregations. People who remember many Sunday school picnics can tell … more
RALEIGH — When State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office in early 2017, he found North Carolina’s state health plan to be in even worse shape than he originally thought. Costs were soaring. The … more
Last week, I got an email from my friend Chris Casazza, a partner with the immigration firm Solow, Isbell and Palladino in Philadelphia. He reached out to tell me about something that had happened to … 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
My theme this in week’s column is different from previous ones because instead of writing about a topic and trying to reinvent the wheel, what I have done is selected what I call snippets of wisdom … more
President Donald Trump faces an exceedingly narrow path to re-election in 2020. In order to beat him, the Democratic nominee only needs to pick up 38 electoral votes. With more than 100 electoral … more
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