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I am so fortunate to live in a community that genuinely cares and helps each other. In recent weeks I have been both humbled and honored by two recognitions bestowed on me. Thank you to those involved in selecting me with the Chamber of Commerce … more
The sky belongs to all of us, and the children in my neighborhood knew it when we were growing up. We paid a lot of attention to the sky, sometimes by lying on the ground, gazing upward, talking, dreaming and imagining what all was really up … more
RALEIGH — The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were … more
It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building, but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts … more
RALEIGH — Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely … more
RALEIGH — No doubt envious of all the attention federal politicians are getting in our chaotic nation’s capital, North Carolina’s political leaders have set off a constitutional controversy of their own. In December, the General … more
North Carolina is failing far too many children, especially those “at risk.” Few dispute that conclusion, but fewer still agree on solutions to the problem. The Emerging Issues Forum has never shied away from significant and sometimes … more
This week, I bought a new polo shirt. It’s nothing exciting, really. Each of you knows what a polo shirt looks like. It’s orange, cotton, and has a two-button placket. I prefer a three-button placket, but they are getting hard to come … more
It is no secret that farm families have always worked hard to provide produce and other products for people who live in town. Around here in addition to tobacco, farmers took cotton, corn, soybeans, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat to be sold in … more
One year ago, on Feb. 9, 2016, the Nashville Police Department became the first in the state of North Carolina to implement a program called the Hope Initiative. For those with substance use disorder who were seeking treatment, our promise was, and … more
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