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RALEIGH — Never an hour goes by without partisans on either side of the political spectrum ranting and raving at each other on social media and newspaper websites over government policies and issues. They attack each other relentlessly on … more
Over the last two years, I’ve had the honor of representing Wilson in the United States Senate. I’ve worked to help advance commonsense, bipartisan initiatives, including reforming the VA, supporting military families, confronting the … more
I am writing this column tonight grateful that I am alive. I have apparently tempted fate more times than I could possibly remember. I have walked a tightrope, dangled from a skyscraper and jumped from an airplane without a parachute. I have walked … more
I have strong opinions. You probably do, too. Most people have deeply felt convictions about at least some matters of public controversy. Given the right context, most are willing to express their views to others and debate their disagreements. How … more
RALEIGH — I walked into the Division of Motor Vehicles office on Avent Ferry Road at 9:20 a.m. The line for a ticket was 30 people deep and every chair in the waiting area was filled. Another dozen customers stood along the walls. I learned … more
At my age, a lot of the things that used to get me excited don’t really do much for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still get excited. There are some things that get me as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. There are some things that … more
RALEIGH — It’s a fad — if not an obsession — for politicians to blame the “liberal mainstream media” for just about everything. What they write about. What they don’t write about. How they write about what … more
Most everywhere you go, people repeat a familiar refrain. They can’t vote for Trump and don’t like Hillary, or vice versa. These are the two most unpopular presidential candidates since they started these polls. What’s a voter to … more
RALEIGH — Try something new? I’m all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career or changing your government’s public policy, it’s often wise to proceed in stages. When it comes to … more
A lot of you have said to me that I don’t like a lot of things. I was asked once if I was as negative in person as I am in the newspaper. I was asked if the whole curmudgeon thing was a big put-on or I was really like this. Well, yes and no. … more
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