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RALEIGH — During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run public schools. In Wake County and some other urban areas, the percentage was even higher. What … more
Sometimes in our part of the country, as well as in just about all places, we need to protect ourselves from the elements with headgear. It is interesting to think about the countless styles and shapes of hats, scarves, visors, etc. that have come … more
The other night, while cooking dinner, I asked my wife for something — I think it was a potato peeler — and she looked at me like I had three heads. You know the apparatus I speak of. It has a wide handle, usually metal and bowed and … more
With the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation approaching this October, it has become abundantly clear how many influences are so very current and relevant for our culture today. In last week’s column, I used a … more
RALEIGH — While the legislature debated the state lottery years ago, a veteran lobbyist dismissed my argument that it would amount to state-sponsored gambling. “Any fool knows that the odds of winning the lottery are so bad that you … more
The government of the United States is not a gyroscope or a merry-go-round. President Trump is acting like both. Without a political ideology and nothing else that relates one to a pattern of governing and nothing that directs your words and … more
RALEIGH — When Gov. Roy Cooper recently rolled out his new initiative to “Break The Majority” in the Republican-controlled legislature, his first interview wasn’t with a North Carolina news outlet. It was with Politico … more
Where else might laundry be done outside of one’s own home? There may have been another commercial laundry other than Carolina Laundry in Wilson during this time period. If so, I don’t recollect it. As for laundromats, while the … more
RALEIGH — For decades, the modern conservative movement, and Republicans as an increasingly conservative party, dedicated themselves to the proposition that government was too large, too costly and too intrusive into matters best left to … more
In their fervor to repeal and replace Obamacare, our Congress has run headfirst into a wall of political reality: once you extend benefits to people, it is almost impossible to take them away. Despite all the bluff and bluster, Congress … more
What exactly is homemaking? Answers to this question are numerous. Most people think of homemaking as the intricacies of managing a home and creating a nurturing atmosphere for a family. Early in the 20th century, the Cooperative Extension … more
I don’t really have a specific topic for this week’s column. Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with something each week. As mentioned before, I don’t have a surplus of columns that I can reach into and pull out a gem when I … more
If you know me at all, you knew eventually it was going to happen. Somehow I was going to tie my discussion about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the writings, thought and influence of Martin Luther’s vigilante … more
RALEIGH — William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in … more
RALEIGH — A fellow reporter and I tried recently to make a list of N.C. legislators who have traditional, 9-to-5 jobs. Our list was short. Few can balance the legislature’s grueling schedule with the demands of a boss and set hours. … more
“When I get to Washington, I’m going to ‘drain the swamp.’” That was another campaign slogan of Donald Trump that caught the imagination of many of his supporters. In that imagination, supporters must have seen swamp … more
RALEIGH — The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee. Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, … more
Many of us remember North Carolina U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ war against CBS news, complaining the “liberal press” consisted of “men and women who, if they do not hate American virtues…certainly have a smug contempt for … more
Why don’t we just haul off and give corn its deserved credit? For many centuries, Native American groups relied on corn — maize — for food and so many other uses. They introduced corn to the early colonists, who made it an … more
Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion? Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.” Why would he want to take on … more
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