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I am thinking I need an office. I don’t need a big one, really. I just need someplace where I can write the column in peace. As those of you who follow the column regularly know, I write the … more
Summertime’s longer daylight and warm weather keep many people busy with yard work, gardening, sporting and other activities that make life hectic. By midsummer, my husband, Fred, and I start … more
The world dimmed a little darker this past week. Mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton took dozens of innocent lives and fueled even more discussion about the divisive rhetoric that has continued to … more
RALEIGH — When conservatives argue for judicial restraint, most don’t mean that the judicial branch ought to be supine and subservient to lawmakers and executives. They favor judicial review to … more
Democrats are seeing how far and fast they can run to the left. Meanwhile, Trumplicans — they don’t act like most Republicans we’ve known — are march-stepping to the right before falling off … more
It has to stop. What is “it,” you may be wondering? As we all know, there have been two mass shootings in the last week. “Is that what has to stop?” you might ask me. Yes, that is … more
About a year and a half ago, knowing I wasn’t fully walking in my purpose or utilizing my gifts, I made a simple request of God: Use me. I worked in political advocacy, but I wasn’t making a … more
Children carry burdens as best they can, in so many cases, burdens they never should have to carry. They walk through the halls of their schools chatting with friends, run and shout on playgrounds … more
My wife and I just returned from a short vacation to Buffalo.  "Buffalo," you might respond. "Not the beach or the mountains?" Mind you, we both love North Carolina's mountains and … more
The city council in Berkeley, California, recently voted to banish some gender-specific words from its municipal code and replace them with gender-neutral options. Included among the changes are … more
“Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity,” the editors of the New York Times wrote Sunday in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Then: … more
I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the continued dialogue on the notion that “charter schools cause segregation,” an unintended consequence of the school choice movement. As … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats and Republicans have sparred for years about the level of state funding for public schools. Democrats argue the GOP-led legislature has the wrong priorities, … more
They have no chance to win. So, why are they running? I am thinking about the 20 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination who participated in the latest round of debates. Of … more
It has been 26 days since Gov. Roy Cooper and the House and Senate Democratic caucuses proposed a compromise budget to Republican leaders in the General Assembly. There has not been any … more
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your … more
My July 20 column about constitutional amendments stirred up a response I had not expected. I did receive several favorable comments or suggested expansions from local readers about my suggestion … more
If you have not been to the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market, you are missing out on a taste of our community. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April until October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at … more
I suffered a mini-stroke a little over a week ago. The paperwork calls it a “TIA,” short for some long medical term, but from what I can decipher, you or I would call it a mini-stroke. What was … more
RALEIGH — Roy Cooper didn’t run for governor in 2016 as a hard-left progressive. He won the election — one of the narrowest gubernatorial contests in American history — by convincing … more
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