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With our blessed Mother’s Day approaching, thoughts of our mothers and mother figures occupy our minds.  We think about what mothers mean to us and what they do for us, and when we think … more
Darden, Fike, Barton College and all the other schools in Wilson are in for a special treat this year — this 2020.  You will find no 2020 commencement address this year, in most cases. … more
I’m still in the goo. I wish transformation was an easy, quick process. I’m a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Microwave meals were (and sometimes still are) a diet staple, and … more
Fourteen years ago, I wrote a column for The Wilson Times titled “Don’t Call April Cruel.” I chided T.S. Eliot for calling April “The Cruelest Month” in his most famous … more
Occasionally, I get notes or emails from readers, often with a kind word, but sometimes not so kind. I am appreciative that people are willing to spend time reading my thoughts and one reader asked … more
RALEIGH — As we all follow the news about North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to remember that the most-tracked statistics offer at best a distorted and … more
It’s time to open up the state and the country. Give us back our right to choose. This coronavirus pandemic has created serious issues with our lives and livelihoods, but it is time to begin … more
Political pollsters often use a caveat that their audiences often ignore: “If the election were today…” The 2020 election is not today. It’s exactly six months away. There … more
The rapidly expanding scope of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the ultimate stress test on our country’s institutions. While doing so, the contagion continues to expose the strengths and … more
Writing at Reason magazine, Eric Boehm notes two trends revealed in data released by Apple and Foursquare. Trend one: Americans began reducing their outings and social interactions before, not … more
This week, we celebrate Teacher and School Staff Appreciation Week, and we are encouraging everyone to show gratitude for those whose strength and dedication to their students has shone brightly … more
My name is Victory, I stand strong and tall.  My name is Victory, I represent us all. To some I am but wood, the Y-shaped remnants of a tree in my owner’s yard that resembles a man with … more
Set aside for the moment how quickly and to what extent North Carolina and other states should reopen our economies. Set aside partisan wrangling ahead of the 2020 elections. Set aside the sweeping … more
Over breakfast the other day, my wife, who happens to be a physician, asked, “Whatever happened to compromise?” She was wondering why Americans can’t seem to put their political … more
Did you know Wilson Community College has an information technology degree program that could make you marketable in almost any industry? The IT industry rivals others for employment opportunities … more
Don’t expect Rep. Justin Amash to shatter the political duopoly and make the Libertarian Party competitive in national elections. But don’t be surprised if Amash becomes the prototype for … more
To say that I am notoriously skeptical of the #MeToo movement is an understatement. I have railed against a movement that has always struck me as extreme, partisan and motivated more by … more
I really thought I was going to have a hot girl summer. Google “hot girl summer.” Google “Megan Thee Stallion.” A warning: What you will find is not suitable for work. … more
RALEIGH — Are societies with higher levels of public spending and larger, more centralized governments better prepared to deal with crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic? Over the past … more
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan launched a presidential “exploratory committee.”  He wants to take on Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee-apparent … more
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