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Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel, “Anna Karenina,” with this sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I am not sure that all happy families are alike, nor am I sure that … more
RALEIGH — What some hyperpartisans now call “fake news” is in many instances neither fake nor news. But when it comes to a recent report on the potential effects of the U.S. Senate’s health care bill on North Carolinians, … more
What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and seems to be pulling each of us under, sucking out of us every ounce of our humanity? It is as if … more
Last week we moved away from talking about Carolina Laundry and went down Kenan Street to Charles L. Coon High School, from which I graduated in 1951. Resource officers in the school were totally unheard of. Any outsider could walk freely into … more
Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry — he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me death.” Peggy Garner had no liberty. She was a slave. Patrick Henry detested taxation … more
RALEIGH — A couple of months ago, I wrote a column that outlined emerging threats to freedom of speech on college campuses — and noted with alarm that few of North Carolina’s public or private universities had taken the necessary … more
Independence Day is almost upon us and most of us will be enjoying cookouts and parties, parades and fireworks. It is the unofficial midway point of summer, though it falls in the early part of the season. This is the middle jewel of summer … more
As I continue to reflect on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which hits its fruition on Oct. 31 of this year, we are intersecting with the 241st Independence Day celebration of the founding of our own country this coming week. … more
RALEIGH — As a boy, I barely knew an adult who didn’t smoke. My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. My dad didn’t smoke, but all his buddies did. After he died of lung cancer at age … more
RALEIGH — The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that it saved too much and cut taxes too much. North Carolina would be better off, … more
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