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I grew up and raised my family in Nash County in rural eastern North Carolina. Small towns and rural communities like mine offer special opportunities for so many families. I want them to … more
The Nashville Police Department’s Hope Initiative has just finished its second year. For those who are not aware of what the Hope Initiative is, let me give a quick recap. It is an Angel program … more
Should those receiving public benefits be required to do anything in return? It’s not a new question, but one that is resurfacing today. There is some historical precedence to the concept. In … more
RALEIGH — We finally have a court ruling in Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal battle with Republican legislators over North Carolina’s elections board, but it looks like the fight’s not over … more
Finally, we have heard the first State of the Union address from 45 and many cannot find anything to cheer about or be happy or optimistic about America’s future. The supposed unity speech was … more
“Uncertainly is swirling over whether the Census Bureau will be able to get an accurate population count for the 2020 census,” The Hill reports. The Department of Justice wants the bureau to ask … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina has become a national leader in implementing supply-side economics — but that doesn’t mean what you think it means. For some supporters and many critics, the term … more
A wild animal is most dangerous when it’s cornered. We’re seeing that now. Putin chump Donald Trump, aided by obsequious fright-wing Republicans and amplified by servile TV talking heads, is … more
The United States Constitution is clear: “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise (of religion)…or abridging the freedom of speech…” A Colorado law is clear: There … more
Donald Trump sure hit it out of the park Tuesday night. Like millions of other people in America who tuned in to the president’s first State of the Union Address, I’m still cheering. I … more
On Jan. 29, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release a four-page memo on the “Russiagate” inquiry, authored by committee chair Devin Nunes (R-California). Republican … more
Last fall I spent a couple of delightful hours with my friend and former co-worker, Evelyn Knowles, and I was charmed as she shared memories of her childhood on the family farm. Evelyn grew up in … more
I was blessed earlier this month by finding some kindred souls who get it. No, I wasn’t at some Lutheran gathering. In fact, I was the only Lutheran presenter in the midst of mostly Methodists. … more
Once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a novelist. I imagine a few of you who read this column are thankful I am limited in my word count. Imagine what damage I could do with 800 pages … more
SOLOMON NORVILLE On Jan. 4, 1768, Samuel (S) Williams of Anson County sold Solomon Norville of Edgecombe County, Planter, for 30 in Proclamation Money 100 acres north of Autrey’s Creek adjoining … more
Last week the Senate confirmed Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve Chairman by a vote of 84-13. This is in contrast to the contentious debates and closer votes over Janet Yellen’s confirmation in 2014 … more
President Donald Trump, who’s never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night to call for unity as the nation attacks … more
If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year. Groundhog Day 2018 is upon us. Every Feb. 2, Phil emerges from a stump in Punxsutawney. If he sees his … more
RALEIGH — As a decades-long proponent of redistricting reform, I welcome the recent and no-doubt heartfelt support for my cause from North Carolina Democrats. But like new converts to all sorts of … more
Abbreviations by definition are shortened or contracted forms of a word or phrase used to represent the whole such as Dr. for doctor, ASAP for as soon as possible and U.S. for United … more
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