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Before I continue writing a column in The Wilson Times, I would like to thank the editor, Corey Friedman, for agreeing that I could do so. As an introduction to the readers, let me note that I am a teacher and student of history for well over 40 … more
Public funding of law enforcement agencies and the courts is meant to promote a fair and publicly accountable justice system. Yet more than 100 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina are undermining public trust as they rake in big bucks from … more
Voter ID is dead in North Carolina — or is it? U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ pronouncement on the matter raises many questions, and whereas opponents of the 2013 voter ID law were quick to celebrate victory, they … more
The time of year when my wife and I plan our vacation has come again. In nearly 20 years of marriage, we have never agreed on a vacation. To be honest, we don’t agree on much of anything, so why should vacation be any different? I … more
School used to come to a close around here in May and start up again after Labor Day, giving students three full months of summer vacation. Students could feel the school year winding down when May came around. The end-of-year activities were … more
Looking back 500 years to the pivotal role that Martin Luther had in history at the Reformation, I sometimes forget how pivotal his voice is even today for those of us who struggle with the challenge of theology. This column had a different idea … more
RALEIGH — The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up 4 percent from the 2015-16 school year. That was the largest pay hike for teachers in the United States, and boosted North … more
RALEIGH — It was unclear if the dismissive remark was aimed at me or at my column of the day before. “Naïve,” the new Senate president pro tem, the late Sen. Henson Barnes, D-Wayne, said at the Senate chamber’s press … more
On May 8, Americans were informed that President Donald Trump had dismissed James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Reasons for his dismissal have become the latest firestorm in the Trump administration, as those reasons change … more
What’s the biggest issue facing North Carolina today? That was the question posed at a recent lunch with Leslie Boney, the newly named director of the Institute for Emerging Issues. Boney wants to ensure that future Emerging Issues Forums … more
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