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Holidays are usually pretty easy for columnists. When you write about Halloween, which is the current holiday, you have to mention the candy and the costumes. The costumes usually provide the best commentary because they change every year and … more
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
Are there silver linings for North Carolina Democrats after Donald Trump’s sweep in our state on his road to victory in the presidential election? The apparent victory of Roy Cooper for governor, of course, if it holds, could provide Cooper … more
If I asked you to name our state’s best-known citizen, living or dead, whom would you suggest? I bet you would then say Andy Griffith. After all, his still-popular TV show was set in Mayberry, which was based on his hometown, Mount Airy. But, … more
RALEIGH — Although North Carolina encompasses many islands, our state is certainly not an island when it comes to economic growth and social development. We are part of a region, the Southeastern United States, that has been growing and … more
RALEIGH — See if you can follow this logic. The Faculty Assembly of the University of North Carolina has just asked a regional accreditation board to investigate recent policy disputes involving the UNC system. If the accreditors conclude that … more
RALEIGH — Although we can’t be certain who our next governor will be, we can be relatively certain that, for the fifth consecutive four-year term, our governor will be weak. At this writing, Attorney General Roy Cooper leads Gov. Pat … 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
RALEIGH — Reporters look for what is new, and that’s what the legislative press corps did that day years back when the budget was approved in just hours. It wasn’t news that legislative Democrats had just crammed another budget … more
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