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Every time there’s a mass shooting, or even a particularly well-publicized single homicide, all of America’s political factions go directly to battle stations on the question of whether or not … more
RALEIGH — In this politically polarized moment in our history, what unites us? Surely one value nearly all of us have in common is a belief in the importance and power of donating our time, … more
A conflict between the United States Department of Justice and the states over marijuana policy threatens to derail everything from proper treatment of the opioid crisis to criminal justice reform to … more
America’s greatest statesmen did not think that national holidays were merely about family dinners, watching fireworks or getting a three-day weekend. These occasions, to the contrary, were … more
Most Americans, whether baseball fans or not, are familiar with the tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and in many cases, they know the song’s lyrics. Although the tune has become … more
Another terrible school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida last week and unfortunately, many politicians and pundits have used the tragedy — as they often do — to push their own agenda. … more
During the intense media coverage of last Wednesday’s tragic events in Parkland, Florida, I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so far this year. Eighteen. In 45 days. That … more
RALEIGH — Is a $35,000 annual salary “good money?” That’s what N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson recently said about the state’s starting salary for teachers. The … more
Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not? It’s tiresome to hear Republican lawmakers say it’s inappropriate to … more
RALEIGH — When the Trump administration finally filled in the outlines of its infrastructure plan last week, many seemed to be disappointed to learn that only $200 billion of the proposed $1.5 … more
Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of … more
It feels like the 2017 session of the North Carolina General Assembly has lingered longer than grandma’s Christmas fruitcake and the fruits and nuts have grown stale and distasteful. House Bill … more
The ongoing effort to loosen rules and regulations on North Carolina distillers, brewers and winemakers isn’t about alcohol. It’s not about drinking, nor the promotion of it. Alcohol has … more
“The Death of Free-Speech Zones,” reads a recent headline in Inside Higher Education. It’s a demise that anyone who believes in the First Amendment can cheer. The zones were intended to … more
Substitute teachers in our public high schools have their share of challenges, surprises and joys. Every day is unpredictable and requires constant problem-solving and attention to the students, the … more
METHODIST CHURCH On Oct. 22, 1805, Nathan Harris of Edgecombe County deeded for $2 to William Bellamy, William Manning, Hardy Manning and Malachi Penny of Edgecombe County, and Cary Whitaker, … more
This past Wednesday was one of those strange calendar occurrences that has not happened again since 1945: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday both fell on the same day. And as one might guess, … more
I may have addressed this in the column before, and if I have, please indulge me for a bit. I try not to repeat myself and with one or two exceptions, I don’t believe I have intentionally. There … more
I love a parade. So maybe I should be supportive of President Trump’s suggestion for a big military parade sometime later this year. The president’s idea has not gotten universal approval. … more
The FISA-gate, Clinton emails and Uranium One scandals are sort of reaching a consensus. Many things quite wrong and illegal were done by both Hillary Clinton and her entourage and members of the … more
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