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We were sitting at dinner the other night with a friend of ours. She’s 30, single and frustrated at the state of dating in the current world. A recent relationship broke up and she was wondering, as we all do when a relationship ends, what the … more
Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, North Carolina as the site of its operations, rather than some other place anywhere in the world? There are several answers to … more
One of the many repercussions of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, is that it has forced McCrory to finally take a side in the debate about North Carolina’s future. Would he try to cling to his … more
My wife and I were driving home from a short road trip not long ago. Both of us had not eaten since lunch and we mutually agreed to stop for a quick meal before we ate the seat cushions of the car before strangling each other. To say we were hungry … more
RALEIGH — The presidential contest is now set. It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump (vs. likely Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson vs. likely Green nominee Jill Stein, both of whom will attract voters disenchanted with the major-party … more
An African-American has never served as a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina and Sen. Richard Burr apparently intends to keep it that way, judging by his knee-jerk opposition to President Obama’s latest nominee to fill a … more
Every morning, I go out to the mailbox, reach into the plastic box attached just below it, and retrieve my morning paper. I have read a morning paper every day since the day I was able to buy one of my own. I have read the Baltimore News-American, … more
RALEIGH — Relatively speaking, North Carolina has a low rate of property taxation. That’s a basic fact of public finance — but its implications are varied, significant and underappreciated. Let’s run the numbers. According to … more
RALEIGH — It took no longer than the first budget meeting before the battle lines were drawn in what will become the biggest spending-related debate of 2016. It will be about raises and bonuses for state employees and teachers, as well as … more
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending. During good times we can spend more and invest. … more
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