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We shouldn’t need Cardinal Timothy Dolan to tell us this: “If they want to take a baby from the arms of his mother and separate the two, that’s wrong. I don’t care where you’re at, what … more
RALEIGH — Why are you reading this column? Make no mistake — I’m glad you are. I hope you are an avid reader of editorials, op-eds and columns in newspapers, magazines and online forums. But … more
“We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.” That’s a real headline. And it appeared in The New York Times. No, that’s not a misprint. The actual New York Times, … more
Father’s Day prompts us to recall lessons, anecdotes and memories of times spent with our fathers. One of my earliest memories is when Daddy had taken my siblings and me down to the pasture on … more
james norville James Norville made his will in Edgecombe County on Sept. 8, 1864, and it was probated in May Court, 1867: (1) grandson and executor James B. Norville, home plantation and 2 … more
There is some almost morbid irony in the subject matter for today’s column in that the seeds for it were planted several weeks ago in a conversation between my wife and our 26-year-old daughter. My … more
Sometimes, as people, we have to bring up topics that are unpleasant. Some are socially unacceptable, some are borderline profane and some are, well, just better off unspoken. We struggle with how to … more
RALEIGH — In the long-running dispute between State Superintendent Mark Johnson, a Republican elected in 2016, and the State Board of Education, which currently has a majority of Republican … more
Author’s Note: With all the recent activity regarding immigration, I decided to repeat the column I wrote following a visit to Ellis Island, New York in 2011. It is relevant today. Standing in … more
My father joined the military in July of 1966, serving in the United States Air Force until July 1970. He was an aviation mechanic, mostly working on C-130 aircraft if my memory serves me … more
The U.S. Supreme Court, it seems, is not without a sense of cruel irony. Surely we can find a better way to ring in Pride Month than Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: a … more
Recently, I came across an old movie on television I had not seen previously that turned out to be a true gem, although not for reasons a motion picture is usually judged. The movie, titled … more
When I heard my brother Jonathan had taken his own life, my first thought, unfiltered through the sieve of reason, was: “Why the hell did he do this to me, to my mother, to us?” When I learned … more
When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today. Despite his protestations, you see, I chose English as my major at … more
RALEIGH — With the budget nearly done, legislators are now turning their attention to the state’s most pressing problems: Are teachers showing too many movies in class? Is it OK to drink alcohol … more
When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Oct. 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the global system. A line of communication … more
RALEIGH — While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading … more
The problem with the “fake news” meme is that such fabrications exist in two places — online at sites dedicated to creating falsehoods and mainstream news outlets. The point of documenting … more
Recently, a Wilson resident told me that when she reads my column, especially when it deals with country life, she recalls memories of her family visiting country relatives on Sunday afternoons. She … more
Be careful. The familiar cautionary phrase has been heard by every young person who has ever gotten behind the wheel of a car, embarked on a trip or undertaken a risky venture. The deliverer of … more
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