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There used to be a bumper sticker on cars that said “Ask Me About My Grandchildren.” We younger folks use to think it was funny when we got alongside the car and saw it was a tiny old lady who could barely see over the wheel or a … more
As celebrations go, this year is a big one for Protestants in general and Lutherans in particular as Oct. 31 rolls around to bring about the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of both of those movements in the actions of Martin Luther. But on a … more
In times past, country families would often go uptown on Saturday afternoon or, less often, on a weekday to shop and mingle with the town folk. As children, we heard that some people went uptown even when they had no intention of buying anything, … more
State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina’s prison system — as well they should be. The series found a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina House and Senate leaders have just fashioned a compromise budget for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years. The deal includes sizable pay raises for school teachers and principals, boosts for other state employees and … more
America is in trouble and that trouble is real, factual, chaotic and dangerous. We did not wake up this morning and learn of this trouble. It has been brewing for at least the past 10 years. We must admit, however, that someone turned the burners on … more
“I have just spent a couple of hours trying to negotiate the State Health Plan eligibility exercise and am still steaming about the difficulty I had following its directions. Others may have a better experience, but I kept thinking about … more
RALEIGH — Over the last four years, Republican legislators, fueled by veto-proof majorities in both houses, have refashioned the state’s tax code, voting laws and its policies on education, the environment and social issues. After the … more
I try to be a polite guy. I say “please” and “thank you” and I try my best to be sincere when I say something. I imagine, though, I have become too sincere. I have become sincere to the point that most conversations I … more
I’ve written about all kinds of big, grand-sounding Latin theological terms coined by Martin Luther 500 years ago in this column. I’ve hit on major historical events during the protestant Reformation that changed the course of history … more
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