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RALEIGH — The humorist P.J. O’Rourke once observed that “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” Based on what Congress just did to … more
“Folks, we’ve got a really big shew (show) for you tonight,” said Ed Sullivan. “And now, right here on our stage…” With those words, Sullivan opened another installment of “The Ed … more
In late January, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker struck down Florida’s rules for restoring the voting rights of former convicts, finding those rules not just unconstitutional (on First and … more
Forty-six million viewers witnessed the unorthodox but predictable clown show congressional Democrats put on during President Trump’s first State of the Union speech. Despite that, an astounding … more
I still have no idea why Laura Lindsey liked me, but she did. It happened during my sixth-grade year in the spring of 1974, when she transferred to our school. Laura had grace and style and was … more
RALEIGH — For a solid 30 minutes, it looked like state legislators might actually have a bill that everyone could support. House and Senate leaders held a press conference Thursday to announce … more
RALEIGH — When the North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill with several moving parts — a newly reconstituted State Board of Elections, a rebuff of Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to evade … more
Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang on … more
Good news: For the first time in a while, the United States isn’t just economically stronger. It’s economically freer. How do we know? Check the just-released 2018 “Index of Economic … more
“Pay me now or pay me later, but pay me you will,” said the guy selling Fram oil filters in the 1970s TV commercials. I remembered those ads as I listened to the presenters at this year’s … more
Imagine a man serving a 20-year prison sentence. He’s told when to eat and what to wear, and he lacks the option of opening a door. He has little to no independence or free will. This man, like … more
Almost every household and shop has an apron or two. Our home has 27, each of which speaks volumes about our family’s history. The humble apron has been used for hundreds of years for one … more
A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the leaders of a Creativity Conference held in Orlando, a bit of which I talked about in last week’s column. My main workshop was one that combined my … more
FRANCIS WILKES On June 29, 1744, William Hurst of Edgecombe County, by a power of attorney from Richard Grandon on Sept. 17, 1742, which empowered his to sell 640 acres patented by the said … more
Sometimes, like a lot of you, I find myself perusing those Facebook yard sale groups in search of a good deal. I have found one or two things in the last few years including the car that I drive to … more
The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost … more
Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer has another good analysis of voter registration trends in North Carolina. This time, he notes that Millennials and Generation Z now make up … more
RALEIGH — Politicians in North Carolina and just about everywhere else in the United States seem fixated on attracting large companies to their states, often by any means necessary. This … more
While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs midwinter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress that many … more
Living in this oversensitive, social media-conscious, politically correct world that has been created by people who get upset over just about everything under the sun has meant many fundamental … more
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