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Tourism is a major revenue generator in North Carolina, creating more than 200,000 jobs and contributing almost $23 billion to our economy. Our No. 1 tourist attraction is the Biltmore Estate in … more
North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this fall when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation. But most of the discussion was about GenX, an industrial … more
My congregation was robbed at gunpoint during a Christmas Eve candlelight service. This was in the early 1990s in Fayetteville at the first congregation I served. A man entered our church … more
This is the time of year when social media seems to blow up with folks going on and on about what they are thankful for.  You see a lot of people being thankful for material things and such … more
Last weekend’s North Carolina Whirligig Festival captured our hearts and our town in the biggest way ever. People from far and near came to celebrate, to enjoy music and dancing, to eat and … more
I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me. The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. Most of us … more
Integrity, initiative, judgment, courage and enthusiasm — these are traits businesses across America seek in job candidates. They also happen to be qualities servicemen and servicewomen develop in … more
“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know … more
RALEIGH — If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I have some unwelcome news: lots of North Carolinians are dissatisfied with the quality of our political discourse and … more
I grew up in a very conservative, biblically based, Christo-centric home. Yeah, that is a mouthful, but each description is pregnant with meaning; meaning that I have come to realize is lost to, … more
RALEIGH — A law professor out in California could end up having a big impact in North Carolina’s 2018 elections for the state legislature. Nathaniel Persily of Stanford University recently got a … more
What is the worst idea floating around about the UNC system these days? Jesse White, who headed up the Southern Growth Policies Board and also served adjunct professor of government and city and … more
Last Thursday, congressional Republicans unveiled their tax reform legislation. On the same day, President Trump nominated current Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen … more
The citizens of the city of Wilson are blessed and lucky to have such an upbeat police department whose programs and policies demonstrate genuine caring for all citizens. It is the caring part by … more
RALEIGH — North Carolinians would experience large gains in after-tax income under the tax-reform bill released last week in Washington, according to an initial analysis by the nonpartisan Tax … more
The United States Supreme Court is immersed in hearing and deciding complex cases this week as it begins the second month of its new term. The North Carolina Supreme Court is doing similar work in … more
On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on New York since Sept. 11, 2001. Of the eight … more
President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on Thursday. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs … more
Political correctness strikes again. This time eight are dead and more than a dozen injured after Uzbekistan national Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov plowed his Home Depot rented pickup truck into … more
Most of us learned in school that agriculture is the backbone of America. Many of us know that the farm is a wondrous place, and farm families, through their intelligence and hard work, sustain … more
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