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RALEIGH — Imagine you’re running a match-play golf tournament. Your team will face another for a big cash prize, and you choose the course. The two teams have very different strengths, so you pick a course where your team is almost … more
Boy, things have changed in the 500 years since Martin Luther’s actions and writings sparked the Protestant Reformation. Recently, so much of the news has been about governments and government politics, it is almost impossible to imagine that … more
My wife and I went out a few weeks ago to see a movie. We went with a couple of friends on a sort of grownup double date. It was fun and we had a pretty good time. This column, however, is not about how the four of us had a good time at the … more
Last week’s column urged us to hold on to the idea that we can and should give back to Earth our gifts in appreciation for abundant offerings of food, shelter, water and beauty. The buzzword these days is “reciprocity,” what … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans has gotten right what Republicans elsewhere have gotten very wrong: how to construct sensible tax cuts and honest, conservative budgets. Liberal critics aren’t inclined to make the distinction. … more
“Nothing happens on the streets of this town after midnight that you need to be a part of,” my parents told me as a teen. Concerned I had neither the experience nor the judgment to impose this discipline on myself, they imposed a … more
President Donald Trump has returned home from his foreign policy tour and we say welcome home. This tour being his first as a representative of the United States representative and of the free world, we should not judge or evaluate the pros, cons or … more
RALEIGH — I have been writing a regular column on North Carolina politics and public policy since 1986. Over three decades of writing about and talking to politicians in Raleigh, few issues have come up more often than the relatively low pay … more
A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment. Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion. Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some … more
This time of the year, many of us recall how we loved summertime and how Earth showered us with gifts as we romped and roamed around the countryside during summer vacation. Earth was a gracious giver to us children, although we were so young that … more
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