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I read an article a few weeks ago about an age limit for wearing jeans. I can’t remember the exact source, but it was one of those things everyone shares on Facebook. The article, if I recall, was from one of the women’s magazines … more
RALEIGH — It was 30 years ago that I founded my first conservative organization. It was a student magazine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My compatriots and I decided to name it The Carolina Critic — not only because … more
We have long spoken of a dichotomy between the “establishment” wing of the Republican Party and its Tea Party-minded agitators. The unseating of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Tea Party darling Dave Brat in 2014 offered the … more
RALEIGH — Lawyers know never to ask a question for which they don’t know the answer. Likewise, legislative leaders should know never to make a deal for which they don’t have their caucus’s approval. House Bill 2 … more
RALEIGH — If I could predict the onset of America’s next recession with precision, I wouldn’t tell you about it. I’d become a money manager and make a pile by timing the market. But I can’t, so I won’t. … more
It’s no secret that I like old things. I like antiques and vintage things. I like things that were made to last and did so. I like knowing that something I have in my house works just as well today as it did 20, 30 or even 50 years ago when it … more
When Alfred, Lord Tennyson published “Ring Out, Wild Bells” as a part of “In Memoriam A. H. H.” in 1850, he referred to letting the old year go and embracing the new one. Tennyson wrote, “Ring out the old, ring in … more
RALEIGH — One key consequence of the 2016 elections in North Carolina was that the state’s court system drew a great deal of attention. You can expect that attention to continue, and perhaps to lead to constructive change, during the … more
Obama, the shrewd manager The shrewd manager in Luke 16 is caught red-handed misappropriating the master’s goods and is soon to be fired. The manager, to curry favor with his master’s debtors, forgives them portions of their debts. … more
RALEIGH — When it comes to House Bill 2, legislative Republicans are absolutely hapless. Republicans conceived HB 2, the solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, last March hoping to use it as a wedge issue against gubernatorial … more
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