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My subject today is achieving the things you want to achieve. You want your purpose and plan to come together. Using a geographical metaphor, if you’re traveling anywhere, you begin at one point; you travel along a certain path, and … more
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
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
Residents and officials in Johnston County aren’t opening welcoming arms to rail giant CSX’s plan for a major shipping hub there. If the plan falls through, we expect Cumberland County would be happy to accommodate it. It looks like a … 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
RALEIGH — Legislation is moving at a feverish pace through the General Assembly, as lawmakers try to finish their work by early July. Many who work around the legislative complex see this as positive, not wanting the session to drag on like … 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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