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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
North Carolina is not Virginia. And 2017 is not 2018 or 2020. But North Carolina Democrats and Republicans still watched what happened in our neighboring state’s elections last week for clues … more
It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious conservatives and the bane of civil libertarians. The … more
These off-year elections and the many special elections to fill vacancies created by citizens who are asked by the president to serve in his cabinet or on his staff have kept the nation focused on … more
RALEIGH — I’m a conservative without a conversion story. Plenty of others have such a tale — they read a certain book, had a certain teacher or somehow became disenchanted with their … more
That loud sound you heard last Tuesday night was Republicans in North Carolina gulping nervously as the election returns from across the state and across the country came in. In virtually every … more
Will someone please throw an ocean of ice water on the Pelosi-Schumer-MSM axis of evil? Their ecstasy over the results in Virginia’s election returns Tuesday night shows how desperate the … more
Tourism is a major revenue generator in North Carolina, creating more than 200,000 jobs and contributing almost $23 billion to our economy. Our No. 1 tourist attraction is the Biltmore Estate in … more
North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this fall when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation. But most of the discussion was about GenX, an industrial … more
My congregation was robbed at gunpoint during a Christmas Eve candlelight service. This was in the early 1990s in Fayetteville at the first congregation I served. A man entered our church … more
This is the time of year when social media seems to blow up with folks going on and on about what they are thankful for.  You see a lot of people being thankful for material things and such … more
Last weekend’s North Carolina Whirligig Festival captured our hearts and our town in the biggest way ever. People from far and near came to celebrate, to enjoy music and dancing, to eat and … more
I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me. The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. Most of us … more
Integrity, initiative, judgment, courage and enthusiasm — these are traits businesses across America seek in job candidates. They also happen to be qualities servicemen and servicewomen develop in … more
“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know … more
RALEIGH — If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I have some unwelcome news: lots of North Carolinians are dissatisfied with the quality of our political discourse and … more
I grew up in a very conservative, biblically based, Christo-centric home. Yeah, that is a mouthful, but each description is pregnant with meaning; meaning that I have come to realize is lost to, … more
RALEIGH — A law professor out in California could end up having a big impact in North Carolina’s 2018 elections for the state legislature. Nathaniel Persily of Stanford University recently got a … more
What is the worst idea floating around about the UNC system these days? Jesse White, who headed up the Southern Growth Policies Board and also served adjunct professor of government and city and … more
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