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As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is useful to remember that North Carolina was very divided about entering “the war to end all wars.” For many Tar Heels, World War I was another in a long list of bloody … more
As luck would have it, our aging cars we were so enamored of started to falter. At first, the repairs were minor. A hundred dollars here and there, $200 now and again. This was not cheap, but it was acceptable for a while until those $100 repairs … more
I’ve been writing this column to lift up the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for a couple of months now. So it just recently struck me that I have yet to just tell the story of how the Reformation happened. To be honest, there are way … more
Children’s toys and games are numerous and varied, especially those that are made at home using imagination. We recently looked back to a time when children were fascinated with glass collecting and all its charm. There were many toys of … more
In the late 1970s, I was appointed to the Economic Development Board. At the time I lived in northeastern North Carolina and believed rural areas deserved to get their share of the economic growth and prosperity locating in more urban areas. I … more
RALEIGH — Almost exactly one year ago, South Carolina’s state Senate was presented with a measure to raise the default age at which those accused of committing crimes were treated as adults rather than as juveniles. For decades, that age … more
RALEIGH — My heart isn’t in this. A month ago, I walked away from this column, leaving it in the most capable hands of Mark Binker, a 43-year-old veteran old-school journalist who was as smart and dedicated as they come. Then Mark … more
RALEIGH — There are just as many fads in politics as there is in other fields of human endeavor, from entertainment to home remedies. Speaking of which, a current fad in political discourse that neither entertains nor remedies is to accuse … more
I think it’s safe to say winter is over and not coming back. The argument could be made that summer has already arrived. Here in eastern North Carolina, we seem to have two seasons. Those seasons are “hot” and “not … more
Reactions to the so-called repeal of House Bill 2 show one reason why Democrats are already in trouble for the 2018 and 2020 elections. They had hoped this year would be a time of unity to mobilize opposition to the “mis-administration” … more
RALEIGH — While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make … more
RALEIGH — Friends and readers — lawmakers here in Raleigh are taking a swipe at your local newspaper. Last week, Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, won committee approval for a bill that would let cities and counties bypass the daily … more
On May 1, I’ll be commemorating my fourth anniversary as president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. As a president of another sort might do after four years, I thought this would be an appropriate time to reflect on what progress has been … more
In my very first column, I had written about spring cleaning time and how my wife made me part with some things I just wasn’t ready to part with. I found things in my hall closet that I had forgotten I even owned. As you can tell by the … more
As we remember Martin Luther this year for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there is probably no more widely reaching topic than the one that stands as today’s title: the Priesthood of all believers. Up until Good Friday, there … more
Marbles used to be a big-time, serious game. Way back when spring had broken and the weather became cooperative, children played marbles at school during recess where there was dirt, not grass and pavement. The teacher never seemed to organize … more
“There you go again.” Ronald Reagan uttered those words in a 1980 debate, possibly turning the tide of the election in the Gipper’s favor and changing history. North Carolina lawmakers would do well to remember that famous … more
RALEIGH — During a March 27 talk at North Carolina State University, Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett told the assembled faculty, students and other members of the audience that many of his allies on the political Right were … more
RALEIGH — One of the joys of growing up in the 1970s was rotting your brain with Saturday morning cartoons while rotting your teeth with sugary cereal. But darned if they didn’t sneak in some mental nutrition amongst the G.I. Joe ads, … more
RALEIGH — If anything useful can be said to have come out of the House Bill 2 controversy, it would be a broader understanding of how limited the powers of local governments are in our state. Before the dispute, many North Carolinians seem … more
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