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A trade war is raging, farmers are suffering, manufacturing and construction are slowing, the Federal Reserve has tightened credit and the stock market is wobbly. Sound familiar? These conditions … more
Say you’re an entrepreneur, and you’ve invented what you’re sure is a great product. Where would you go to get investors on board? Chances are, you didn’t say “Buckingham Palace.” And … more
This week, the state budget continues to be the top priority for lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly. Here are some state and local highlights from the week. CHAMBERS: CLOSE HEALTH … more
Check another box on the bucket list. Last week, I visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The JFK Library was just one stopping point in a weeklong trip to Boston, but it was the one thing … more
The old wisdom says first impressions are the ones people remember. It’s been said that the first impression is always right and it is always stored in the back of the mind for future reference. I … more
“Watermelon ­— it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face,” said Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. What other fruit allows us to do all three at the same … more
When I was very young and asked what I wanted to be, the answer was easy enough: Captain of a starship. How did I know that not enough time would pass for my first dream job to develop from the … more
A friend recently posited the question, “If things are so good, why is everybody so mad?” At first, I chuckled, later realizing his premise made two assumptions worth pondering. Are things really … more
RALEIGH — Do most voters want government to get bigger or smaller? This seemingly simple question obscures a range of complexities. The answer depends, in part, on whether we are building a budget … more
Is the bulging field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination a sign of strength? Or is it a troubling indication that wresting the presidency from Donald Trump won’t be as easy as it … more
I love taking walks in well-maintained, lush flower gardens. I admire the blooms with their eye-catching colors and gorgeous fragrances. I stroll along and am inspired, renewed and given peace to … more
On June 14 — Flag Day in the United States — Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., proposed a constitutional amendment: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the … more
Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control. I’m kidding, of course. Spending, deficits and debt have been out of control for years. It’s just that last week we broke yet another … more
It’s graduation time for high school seniors across North Carolina. As new high school graduates, you are now ready to embark onto the next chapter of your life.   Whether that is … more
I recently heard a radio broadcaster say the North Carolina Education Lottery that’s been around since 2005 and raised $5.5 billion in education funds is responsible for teaching today’s … more
RALEIGH — To the ears of politically engaged North Carolinians, it may sound strange to hear claims that changes in partisan control don’t yield significant changes in state policy. But among … more
This week, the state budget continues to be the top priority for lawmakers in both the House and Senate. Here are some state and local highlights from the week. MEDICAID EXPANSION, OPIOID … more
“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” That’s from President Trump’s last State of the Union address. I’m sure many people found it as … more
Baby Boomers are the musical generation, not because of the quality of their music (some of it is pretty worthless) but because of their capacity to have music all the time everywhere. It was this … more
Greeting card companies can keep their homestyle homage to fishing rods, golf clubs, remote controls and “Kiss the Cook” barbecue aprons. This Father’s Day, I’ll remember the day I walked in … more
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