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This weekend is Mother’s Day, as you all know. This weekend, I imagine the candy makers, printers of greeting cards, growers of flowers and florists will find themselves firmly in the black. Valentine’s Day was only the … more
Our country observes many holidays, some of which should be remembered every day, not on just one day of the year: Easter, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and, of course, our blessed Mother’s … more
It may seem odd that the headline for a column in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Christian Reformation has a phrase from Chinese philosophy front and center. But yin and yang seem to sum up for modern culture the idea of … more
The last major effort to repeal North Carolina’s anti-union right-to-work law occurred in 1949, so you can see the urgency of the legislature in moving this year to enshrine the law in the state Constitution. Can’t be too careful, you … more
RALEIGH — The past six years have brought significant change in North Carolina government and policy. Conservatives tend to like the budget restraint, tax cuts, school choice initiatives and other reforms that the Republican-led legislature … more
RALEIGH — It should come as no surprise to anyone that things are not always what they seem in politics. A state Senate-passed bill calling for a constitutional amendment to cap the personal income tax is one such thing. Should it pass the … more
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is useful to remember that North Carolina was very divided about entering “the war to end all wars.” For many Tar Heels, World War I was another in a long list of bloody … more
As luck would have it, our aging cars we were so enamored of started to falter. At first, the repairs were minor. A hundred dollars here and there, $200 now and again. This was not cheap, but it was acceptable for a while until those $100 repairs … more
I’ve been writing this column to lift up the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for a couple of months now. So it just recently struck me that I have yet to just tell the story of how the Reformation happened. To be honest, there are way … more
Children’s toys and games are numerous and varied, especially those that are made at home using imagination. We recently looked back to a time when children were fascinated with glass collecting and all its charm. There were many toys of … more
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