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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
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