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This month marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. war on Iraq. The “shock and awe” attack was launched based on “stove-piped” intelligence fed from the CIA and Pentagon through an uncritical … more
Gov. Roy Cooper is doing his best to woo Amazon’s second headquarters to the Triangle area with the promise of millions in tax incentives. The governor won’t say just how much incentive cash … more
This past week was Sunshine Week, not that we saw a lot of it, either meteorologically or metaphorically. What we got for the start of the week was dark clouds, some wind and even snow. Some … more
Cooking consumes a lot of time in some homes, especially those of the past when people ate at home most of the time. Experienced cooks know that cooking uses mathematics, art, chemistry and … more
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” Yep, that’s one that should be in your top ten list of commandments whether you count it as No. 3 or No. 4 (Come on, you knew there were two … more
This past weekend, my wife and I went to a local used book sale. It’s held a couple of times a year in a big hall downtown and is put on by the friends of the local library. A lot of the books are … more
In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a number of businesses have moved to distance themselves from scary-looking weapons like the AR-15, from younger purchasers of … more
SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — When Maddie Levy saw the students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, she saw something familiar. She saw her … more
On Tuesday, I received a call from school officials informing parents of activities for a “national school walkout” planned in response to the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, … more
RALEIGH — The state legislature regularly draws fire for its decision to end an old, very generous tax break for film and TV production and replace it with a smaller, more-targeted grant program. … more
Not long after my first-grade class at Winstead Elementary School in Wilson had mastered our ABCs well enough to suit our teacher, we advanced quickly into learning how to read and communicate using … more
RALEIGH — For the past three election cycles, I haven’t been able to choose my representatives in the state House and Senate. Sure, those offices appeared on my Election Day ballot. But the … more
I have written columns for The Wilson Times for one year. During this time, I accepted Donald J. Trump as the president of the United States. While I have spoken against impeachment, I have been very … more
People often refer to the United States as a democracy, but technically speaking, that’s not true. It’s a republic. Big deal, you say? If you care about your rights, it is. The Founding … more
RALEIGH — Isn’t “modern conservatism” a contradiction in terms? That’s one of the questions I received after teaching a seminar at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy … more
Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and … more
When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on — what is the country going to do about the national debt? … more
Our students need to be able to read proficiently by the end of third grade. If they can’t by then, they will likely always be working to catch up in school instead of excelling. Sounds … more
During Women’s History Month, I would like to acknowledge 55 percent of the 1st Congressional District’s voters — women. Durham-based women have achieved a 101 percent pay rate of their … more
N.C. GAZETTEER William S. Powell of the North Carolina Collection in the University of North Carolina Library has a new book in mind. There are all sorts of books about North Carolina, but there … more
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