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I am running out of patience. It has been suggested that, as you get older, you develop more patience as you understand better what things should stress you and what things you should just shrug … more
My wife is a savior. Oh, now don’t get me wrong; I’m not talking about some kind of Messianic confusion of this life and the next. But I am talking about the same kind of sentiment as in that … more
RALEIGH — With the national debate about tax reform heating up, you’ll be hearing a lot about the difference between marginal and average tax rates. It’s an important distinction — and the … more
The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer touches the lives of one in 10 North Carolinians every month. We manage the 26th-largest pool of money in the world valued at over $110 billion. … more
RALEIGH — Just when you thought North Carolina had moved on from debating bathrooms, House Bill 2 is back in the headlines thanks to a surprise move by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper wants to resolve a … more
‘The bottom has fallen out of the Republican Party.” So wrote Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia Allen last week. “Well,” she continued, “not the bottom exactly. More like … more
To say that “times have changed” is probably the most overstated, yet underappreciated comment I believe one could possibly make. Some for the good, some not so good and some not good at … more
Never in a million years would one have thought that America, in 2017 would be toying with authoritarianism as a means of saving an inept president who does not care about America or its people. … more
Amidst all the speculation about the scope and direction of Robert Mueller’s deepening Trump-Russia probe — triggered anew by the indictment of Paul Manafort — one thing is certain: No matter … more
And so, it begins. Robert Mueller’s Office of the Special Counsel is rolling out indictments connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Odds are, indictments for Democrats won’t … more
For 22 years, beginning in 1986 and ending in 2008, I taught in the California public school system. My subject was English as a second language, and my students were adults. The first class … more
NEWTON — Should public schoolteachers be compensated as professionals? All four panelists at a recent “Hometown Debate” staged at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton agreed that … more
Are Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse the only honest Republicans on Capitol Hill? It appears so. They seem to have more … more
Arizona Republican Jeff Flake proudly stood before America this week and crowed, “Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our … more
When I was 6 years old I walked (yes, walked) to and from school, past the house of the biggest bully in the neighborhood. What began as taunting and teasing evolved into his pushing and punching me … more
If your goal was to design a system that guaranteed high prices, encouraged waste and discouraged price shopping, there is no need to start from scratch. Just adopt the U.S. health insurance market … more
There was an article online not terribly long ago that went to great lengths to explain which styles of clothing were appropriate for certain age groups. A lot of them were pretty simple and not … more
Well, here we are just one day away from Reformation Sunday 2017 and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. While Tuesday is the actual date on which Martin Luther nailed the 95 … more
Occasionally, we hear, see or read something that causes us to pause and think more deeply about an idea or an issue than we had previously. So it is when we read a short poem by America’s poet and … more
Three years ago this month, returning to my hotel room in Flagstaff, Arizona, I wrote: “At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and … more
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