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Of all the people who read this column this week, I think there will be no two people more pleased than my in-laws. I don’t think my own parents will hate the column, but I think it will be my wife’s parents who breathe a huge sigh and … more
RALEIGH — Do you keep up with your friends and family by typing personal letters and dropping them in the mailbox? Do you do all your shopping at the mall? When traveling, do you use a pay phone to get directions or to call a taxi? Unless … more
RALEIGH — You have to give credit to state Republicans: They’re pretty clever. They keep finding simple issues to drive their voters to the polls while putting Democrats on the defensive, like an income tax cap. If the House … more
Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years, her morning talk show made her one of … more
RALEIGH — Newly elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper gave his first State of the State address on March 13. The longtime leader of the North Carolina Senate, Phil Berger, gave the Republican response. Both men were clear and confident in their … more
My wife and I live in a small town. We didn’t always. I grew up near Baltimore and my wife grew up in the suburbs of New York City. We were accustomed to things the way they were in both places. Of course, as we look back on it, it seems as if … more
My sister and I should have known the wind was a significant force in our lives on that March day when we got on the bus after school. We were in the second grade. A mischievous neighbor boy said to us after we took our seats, “The wind … more
When Republicans were in the minority in North Carolina’s political power structure, they frequently complained that Democrats were like a broken record. Times are good? Spend more and expand. Times are bad? Spend more to prime the pump. … more
RALEIGH — Despite being vastly outspent by the campaign and supporters of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump won the 2016 election. Some are suggesting that the outcome has transformed the practice of American politics in fundamental ways — … more
RALEIGH — I love beer, especially craft beer, and from the look of things about 5 p.m. most days, so do many other North Carolinians. But as I enjoy my IPAs, I’m concerned that the big beer companies will someday crush small … more
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