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Before I continue writing a column in The Wilson Times, I would like to thank the editor, Corey Friedman, for agreeing that I could do so. As an introduction to the readers, let me note that I am a teacher and student of history for well over 40 … more
The last major effort to repeal North Carolina’s anti-union right-to-work law occurred in 1949, so you can see the urgency of the legislature in moving this year to enshrine the law in the state Constitution. Can’t be too careful, you … 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
Most of us learned in school that agriculture is the backbone of America. Many of us know that the farm is a wondrous place, and farm families, through their intelligence and hard work, sustain … more
Dear Readers, These days we hear about turmoil and violence in our beloved America. Our hearts ache with news about things we cannot understand and about things that seem to erode the landscape of … 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
RALEIGH — When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels — including the fact … 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
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
If I were a betting man, and sometimes I am, I would bet that most of you know someone with one of these. Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes it’s little. Sometimes it rears its head at the worst … 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
WINSTEAD’S RESERVOIR On July 26, 1957, George Redmond and Mary E. Winstead, Benjamin Paschal and Pattie W. Winstead, Mrs. Margaret W. Barnes, Mrs. Mattie Elizabeth W. Moore and Mrs. Theresa … more
The other day, I had realized I had lost a button on the sleeve of my navy blazer. I know how to sew one on, so I asked my wife if she could get me a button. She told me she would check and see if … more
Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of … more
RALEIGH - In 1948, a 38-year-old North Carolinian and English professor at the University of Chicago coined a memorable phrase: "ideas have consequences." Richard Weaver, a traditionalist … more
It feels like the 2017 session of the North Carolina General Assembly has lingered longer than grandma’s Christmas fruitcake and the fruits and nuts have grown stale and distasteful. House Bill … more
State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina’s prison system — as well they should be. The series found a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang … more
The ongoing effort to loosen rules and regulations on North Carolina distillers, brewers and winemakers isn’t about alcohol. It’s not about drinking, nor the promotion of it. Alcohol has … more
On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief. Before he … more
“The Death of Free-Speech Zones,” reads a recent headline in Inside Higher Education. It’s a demise that anyone who believes in the First Amendment can cheer. The zones were intended to … more
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