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I had thought about writing this column as the first of these columns for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But it kept getting bumped week after week by other subjects that sprang to the fore. While today’s headline may … more
There is a website called “People of Wal-Mart” that features photos of strange sights at the store. Usually, the pictures are of someone scantily clad, or strangely dressed or both. Occasionally, you might see something truly unusual … more
RALEIGH — Some might find this column tasteless, but there is no denying that the unexpected need to replace a U.S. senator last week would have set off a political firestorm in Raleigh. On Wednesday morning, Sen. Thom Tillis collapsed … more
RALEIGH — Would it surprise you to learn that, depending on the poll and specific questions asked, between a quarter and a third of Democrats identify their views on abortion as “pro-life”? And that about a quarter of Republicans … more
Before I continue writing a column in The Wilson Times, I would like to thank the editor, Corey Friedman, for agreeing that I could do so. As an introduction to the readers, let me note that I am a teacher and student of history for well over 40 … more
Public funding of law enforcement agencies and the courts is meant to promote a fair and publicly accountable justice system. Yet more than 100 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina are undermining public trust as they rake in big bucks from … more
Voter ID is dead in North Carolina — or is it? U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ pronouncement on the matter raises many questions, and whereas opponents of the 2013 voter ID law were quick to celebrate victory, they … more
The time of year when my wife and I plan our vacation has come again. In nearly 20 years of marriage, we have never agreed on a vacation. To be honest, we don’t agree on much of anything, so why should vacation be any different? I … more
School used to come to a close around here in May and start up again after Labor Day, giving students three full months of summer vacation. Students could feel the school year winding down when May came around. The end-of-year activities were … more
Looking back 500 years to the pivotal role that Martin Luther had in history at the Reformation, I sometimes forget how pivotal his voice is even today for those of us who struggle with the challenge of theology. This column had a different idea … more
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