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RALEIGH — These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because … more
RALEIGH — In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom. How oppressive had the state become? No matter how you chose to … more
There is an old stereotype of the man who writes for a newspaper. He is grizzled and tired, graying at the temples and possessing a five o’clock shadow so coarse it could sand even the hardest wood. His shirtsleeves are rolled up and his … more
Now and then we see a list or passage describing words, phrases or pronunciations that were used in years past, adding interest and spice to local language. Some people may find these expressions funny or amusing, yet they reflect the way many … more
RALEIGH — Visit your old neighborhood and you might find most things look the same. The trees may be taller, there may be a new porch or a repainted house, but there’s enough physical similarity to evoke old memories. It’s … more
In my short lifetime, I have witnessed many things through the news and my surroundings. I have seen fighting for world peace but starting war instead, hunger and poverty close to home and far away and limited education for the homeless and poor … more
Many of you may be wondering what we are doing here today. Not in the sense of why we gathered here today, but wondering what is the exact purpose of our lives, our souls and existence, as an entity of this earth. If we were to place ourselves in … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a profound leader. He inspired others to speak up, join in and take a stand for what they believe in, and his legacy continues to inspire today. Dr. King was able to peacefully take a stand for equal rights — and … more
Trips to our Anson County grandparents’ house were always a treat for my siblings and me, but the midwinter visit had its own charm. We usually left Wilson on a late-January Saturday and arrived in time for a noon meal, which we thought was … more
I heard someone comment the other day about their daughter, who is a student at a pretty prestigious university. Their daughter was the valedictorian at her high school, snagged a scholarship to the university that provided a free pass for all four … more
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