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No one should be fooled by Democrats' sudden "concern" about women and sexual harassment.  It's nothing more than a public relations move to keep them from becoming known as the party of … more
It's admirable, in a way, that so many left-leaners are calling for Al Franken to quit the Senate. Columnist Paul Waldman says Democrats have "a good opportunity" to take the high road against … more
It's that time of year, and like most of you I'm planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I'm also thinking back over the previous year … more
Happy Thanksgiving! Traditionally, it is a national holiday celebrated in the United States with its roots beginning as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the current year’s harvest when … more
RALEIGH — State Reps. Grier Martin and Cynthia Ball, both D-Wake, agree on most of the issues that come before the legislature, but it’s possible that 2018’s election could pit them against … more
Does the life of a Jewish woman who was born, lived and died in the same house in Goldsboro have lessons for today’s historians? The answer is, yes, lots of lessons, which is certainly one of … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina has already accomplished what Republicans in Washington want to pass — historic tax reform that caps or eliminates special-interest deductions, cuts tax rates and … more
Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: • For natural beauty — Cumberland Gap, 1895 Since … more
Hello, Senator Franken. Welcome to the growing list of creepy guys in Hollywood and Washington who apparently think it’s OK — or funny — for men in power to sexually harass or assault women … more
This month marks the half-century of one of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs. It’s not the War on Poverty, Medicaid or the Voting Rights Act. It’s public broadcasting. … more
Every two months, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to fill dumpsters, lined back to back, across the entire length of Interstate 40. Our 10 million residents generate some 12 million tons of … more
As President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a … more
If I were a betting man, and sometimes I am, I would bet that most of you know someone with one of these. Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes it’s little. Sometimes it rears its head at the worst … more
With Thanksgiving a few days away, most families have settled on a place to gather and to celebrate one of our most popular holidays. Many who are orchestrating the Thanksgiving feast in their … more
Shutting down the U.S. Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of … more
Monday morning, around 1 a.m., my husband woke up in severe pain. He knew what this was. By 1:15, we were in the car on our way to the ER. Kidney stones. They’re not life-threatening, and … more
I attended a forum in Wilson last week that talked about how fiber is transforming their city. They talked about how they are trying a new model for economic development. The traditional economic … more
RALEIGH — I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him. The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter and host of the “McLaughlin Group” public-television … more
A couple of years ago, my wife had the enormous joy and fortune of purchasing for herself, I mean us, a brand-new, front-loading washing machine with matching dryer. She was so excited when they … more
RALEIGH — An unusually contentious season of municipal elections has come to an end, and 2018 races for legislature and Congress are already well underway in North Carolina. Nationally, Election … more
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