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RALEIGH — Last week’s massive teacher march and rally was the best example of democracy in action that the state legislature has seen in years. I’d been skeptical that the turnout would meet … more
Years ago, a propaganda film entitled “Reefer Madness” depicted first-time cannabis smokers turning into instant maniacs, hallucinating, killing and raping after just a couple of puffs. It has … more
In several states, teachers are protesting for higher salaries and more support for education, and those protests have come to North Carolina. At the same time, medical costs are an issue everywhere … more
Since the “Russiagate” probe began, President Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the “Deep State.” Does the Deep State exist? … more
RALEIGH — For years, Democrats have consoled themselves after losing elections in North Carolina or elsewhere by insisting that demographic trends were still moving inexorably in their direction … more
Former state Senate leader Marc Basnight’s restaurant near Manteo evokes two of my favorite things: politics and people coming together for good food. Working on a follow-up to my book, “North … more
North Carolina ranks 44th in the nation in access to health care. When you consider we have great access in some parts of the state — those close to metropolitan areas and teaching hospitals in … more
When the phone rings at 2 a.m. it’s a pretty safe bet there isn’t good news, as Bill found out that December in 1960. The agent on the other end said, “Dr. Friday, I need to see you right … more
About 1900 the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad maintained for a while a signal station and telegraph office between Elm City and Wilson. Meeting House Branch First mentioned in 1775 in the will of … more
Many people have a fascination with cars and can identify make, model and year of just about any car they see. During the late ‘50s, children in our country neighborhood fell right in line with … more
I was listening to a couple of younger people talk not long ago and I heard a term that wasn’t particularly new to me, but in the context in which it was said got me a little perturbed. I’ll get … more
RALEIGH — What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated — or even convoluted. One possible definition is that a tax increase is … more
Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of U.S. meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated … more
“I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Few quotations are more quintessentially American than this (attributed in various forms to Voltaire, … more
During a BBC radio news report recently, I heard an announcer talking about groups who had gathered to discuss having President Obama impeached. While those of us in the journalism business make … more
I’ve been asked quite often lately about the teacher rally planned for today in Raleigh. Honestly, I feel conflicted. As a former educator, my heart goes out to my brothers and sisters who are … more
The May 16 teacher gathering in Raleigh is inspired by teacher demonstrations in other states and is energized by the desire of public school advocacy groups to weaken Republican control of the … more
In 1999, when I started teaching in rural Alamance County, my mentor, a wise and wonderful woman told me, “Join the NCAE and read what they send you.” NCAE is the acronym for the North … more
RALEIGH — With no statewide races and only 14 percent of voters bothering to participate, it’s hard to make sweeping pronouncements about what last week’s primary results mean. A lot of the … more
RALEIGH — When pollsters ask voters to list the issues they care about most, economic concerns usually rank high on the list — even when unemployment rates are relatively low. There’s a … more
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