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Events this week have made it clear that it’s party affiliation or even suspicion of partisanship, not competence, that matters in North Carolina government. On Monday, the recently reconstituted … more
This past week, the dynamic duo who tout the attributes of the comic book genre heeded the “Bat signal” and spent Superhero Day at Red Oak Elementary School, taking up the challenge of teaching … more
Every day we see and read news of this season’s graduation activities. We see pictures of students in their commencement regalia, and we read excerpts from addresses given by prominent citizens for … more
When people think of things that are decidedly American, I’m pretty certain flea markets are somewhere on the lists. In almost every part of this nation, on any given weekend, you can find a … more
RALEIGH — Congressional elections in odd-numbered years? Odd is certainly one way to describe what many North Carolinians are experiencing right now. But in some ways, the special elections of 2019 … more
I have a point every morning, right after mentally scrolling through my to-do list but before reading my devotional and praying, when I want to give up. But I’m still here. I used to have all … more
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend. Our traditional tribalism — Republicans and Democrats — … more
Humans are addicted to suffering. Let me repeat that — humans, on the whole, are addicted to suffering. Look at the nightly news. Look at daytime TV. How about horror-slasher movies? I used to … more
“Finding a lane” has become this election cycle’s shorthand advice to candidates attempting to separate themselves from the competition and focus on a predetermined course that will lead to the … more
The following suggestions are not sanctioned by any governing body or organization and are provided merely to help make life easier. Never assume the shortest checkout line at the grocery store … more
“We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight.” That was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman making a prediction on election night in 2016 about what we could … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now … more
Can you remember what the commencement speaker said at your graduation? We are in commencement “season” and platitudes aplenty will be spoken to graduates across our state. Most will be … more
Most of the time, this column is pretty lighthearted and fun. Rarely do I take a step toward hard journalism or topics of controversy. That’s not to say there aren’t topics that catch my interest … more
“Admittedly, the story you are about to read is bizarre, incredible. Those of you who wish to avoid being unsettled, who wish to avoid thinking, will label it insane. And though you, the reader, … more
Dairy farming has not been prominent in Wilson County, but a Wilson resident, Arlene Rech, recalls that dairy farming was a way of life for her family and many others in northern New York in the … more
In my 33 years as a newspaper editor, I became accustomed to people complaining about press coverage or the “Mainstream Media,” a phrase popularized by Republican vice presidential candidate … more
Twenty years ago, my therapist helped save my life. And three months ago, with everything I prayed and worked for falling apart, I made the decision to go back. At 19, I was a straight-A student … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is doing well. With a headline unemployment rate of 4 percent and a healthy 2.8 percent jump in inflation-adjusted median household income last year, North … more
I hope to be just like my mother one day. Now in her eighth decade, my ma has arrived at a coveted place: Her “filter” is pretty much gone, and she has no problem telling anyone what’s on … more
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