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There was a clear message in Robert Mueller’s testimony last week before two House committees, but it wasn’t just about the danger Russia poses to our elections. It was the risk that aging … more
I would like to clarify something from last week’s column. First of all, here are the Five Levels of Attachment, as described by don Miguel Ruiz Jr of the Toltec tradition and one of my brothers: … more
I don’t think we give cheerleaders enough credit. It’s understandable. We’re often paying attention to the game itself, watching the stars make moves that defy logic on the field or court. … more
Last week, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania (my old employer) ruled that rapper Meek Mill was entitled to a new trial on his 2008 drug conviction, the same conviction that kept him on probation for … more
For three decades, Trent Mayo’s culinary dishes brought diners from throughout the region to a historic home in Elm City. Now Mayo is back in the kitchen, offering his own take on brunch, lunch and dinner items at Carolina Cheese Co. “If you grew up in Rocky Mount or Wilson and went to weddings … more
Idioms, words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally, have been covered extensively in this corner over the past several weeks. While it’s been fun, I promise this will be the last … more
RALEIGH — To the extent Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and other online companies engage in viewpoint discrimination against conservatives and Republicans, they deserve condemnation and … more
The boundaries of the university should be “coterminous with the boundaries of the state.” Leaders of the University of North Carolina often use this language to embrace a wider partnership … more
North Carolina’s state budget runs on the fiscal year, July 1 through June 30. We are now nearly a month into the 2019-20 fiscal year with no state budget. The budget is the roughly $25 billion … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
“Digital circuits are made from analog parts.” That’s what my fortune cookie said at the Chinese buffet where I was eating as I pondered some rather deep thoughts this past week in … more
I would like to state, before this column starts, that I love writing the column. It’s been a pleasure for the last few years to bring to you a little insight, a little opinion and a lot of words. … more
Spring cleaning is nothing new. The tradition goes back for centuries in numerous cultures around the world as an effort to clean dirt and dust, smoke and clutter from the house after a winter of … more
My wife and I have been going through boxes and throwing away things that we once thought we’d like to keep forever, or at least a year. Among these boxes are several boxes I brought home from my … more
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Democrats’ wunderkind from South Bend, Indiana, has made only a modest mark in national polls, yet he’s a boffo attraction in Iowa as well as in … more
RALEIGH — Most Democrats have a favorable view of socialism. Most Democrats also have a favorable view of capitalism. But socialism and capitalism are usually considered to be opposites. Are … more
In order to completely and thoroughly explain the concept of the five levels of attachment, I will be doing a two- to three-part series about them. Growing up in North Carolina in the 1970s and … more
My family had a rite of passage this week: the college tour road trip. We talked, listened to music and explored each city and school to make sure they would be a good fit for my son. We sat with … more
I grew up in the “separate but equal” school era, although we knew black schools weren’t equal. The 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ruled that segregation in public … more
Is something missing? The 20 candidates who qualified for the July 30 and 31 CNN Democratic presidential debates are Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President and Delaware Sen. Joe … more
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