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RALEIGH — I’ve been spending a lot of my time recently on projects that facilitate constructive conversation across political differences. It’s clear to me that most North Carolinians dislike … more
This week, President Trump revealed his final five candidates for Federal Reserve chair. Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, all five have strong ties to the financial and political establishment. … more
Do you want to know the best way to win a debate against a white supremacist? Just let him or her speak. The rest will take care of itself. Racists tend to discredit themselves rather quickly … more
How many women did Harvey Weinstein victimize? When did he start down the continuum leading from Hollywood’s shamefully tolerated “casting couch” overtures to increasingly flagrant sexual … more
When I decided to begin submitting a weekly column for the Times, I had a couple of primary goals in mind. The first was that while there may be times that I write about controversial issues, it is … more
“Now that everything has become politicized, it only makes sense that Halloween costumes should be politicized, too.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the spate of articles popping up that lecture us … more
Well, the Trump administration for this past week is just business as usual. However, transparency, reputations, integrity and truth are suffering and still sinking to a low ebb. There are … more
RALEIGH — In next year’s election, you might find yourself picking dozens of judges on an insanely long ballot. Or you might never vote in a multiple candidate judicial election ever … more
RALEIGH — During the 2016 gubernatorial campaign, Democratic politicians, progressive activists and left-leaning media outlets excoriated Pat McCrory and other North Carolina Republicans for … more
If there were one theme that defined North Carolina’s legislature this decade, it would be that they are a body of reformers. Lawmakers have reformed elections, taxes, education, health care, … more
Americans from coast to coast can agree that our tax code is costly and confusing. That’s why I, like many other North Carolinians, have been long awaiting reforms to our tax code. Thankfully with … more
The folks running the General Assembly reached a new low last week in their efforts to dismantle our democracy —- and that is no small feat given their actions in the last few years. Senate … more
From Washington, D.C. to the NFL and Hollywood, America’s idols are tumbling down. This is not a bad thing. For too long, we have wasted precious time and money worshiping these so-called … more
We know Hollywood moguls are infamous for taking advantage of aspiring young actresses. The movie producer’s casting couch has been a “tradition” since Tinsel Town began. But Harvey … more
Recently, when I made one of my regular tours of our back yard to observe the season’s gifts of flowering plants, I lingered at each plant to observe its unique design, color and fragrance. I … more
A few weeks ago, my glasses broke. I didn’t break them, they just kinda broke themselves. One of the earpieces came off the little peg it rests on and connects to the frame. My wife and I tried … more
The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is only a little over a week away from today. I made a commitment to write a weekly column about the meaning of this … more
The late Harry G. Summers Jr., colonel of infantry and distinguished faculty member of the Army War College, often called people’s attention to the fact that considerable differences in the … more
No one disputes that the regime in Iran is dangerous, and everyone wants to find a way to stop its destructive behavior in the Middle East and beyond. The choice to “decertify” the Iran Deal, … more
BURLINGTON — Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schools, and this share will probably grow to a quarter or … more
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