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RALEIGH — While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make … more
RALEIGH — Friends and readers — lawmakers here in Raleigh are taking a swipe at your local newspaper. Last week, Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, won committee approval for a bill that would let cities and counties bypass the daily … more
On May 1, I’ll be commemorating my fourth anniversary as president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. As a president of another sort might do after four years, I thought this would be an appropriate time to reflect on what progress has been … more
In my very first column, I had written about spring cleaning time and how my wife made me part with some things I just wasn’t ready to part with. I found things in my hall closet that I had forgotten I even owned. As you can tell by the … more
As we remember Martin Luther this year for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there is probably no more widely reaching topic than the one that stands as today’s title: the Priesthood of all believers. Up until Good Friday, there … more
Marbles used to be a big-time, serious game. Way back when spring had broken and the weather became cooperative, children played marbles at school during recess where there was dirt, not grass and pavement. The teacher never seemed to organize … more
“There you go again.” Ronald Reagan uttered those words in a 1980 debate, possibly turning the tide of the election in the Gipper’s favor and changing history. North Carolina lawmakers would do well to remember that famous … more
RALEIGH — During a March 27 talk at North Carolina State University, Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett told the assembled faculty, students and other members of the audience that many of his allies on the political Right were … more
RALEIGH — One of the joys of growing up in the 1970s was rotting your brain with Saturday morning cartoons while rotting your teeth with sugary cereal. But darned if they didn’t sneak in some mental nutrition amongst the G.I. Joe ads, … more
RALEIGH — If anything useful can be said to have come out of the House Bill 2 controversy, it would be a broader understanding of how limited the powers of local governments are in our state. Before the dispute, many North Carolinians seem … more
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