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I think it's almost fitting that the first day of summer falls on the hottest day of the year. There's nothing that makes you look forward to summer more than a heat wave that falls on the last few … more
I have a friend in town with whom I share a number of interests and a bit of time on a regular basis. I just call him "Lou" unless I'm trying to impress. Then I introduce him as "world-famous artist … more
Queen Anne's lace, also known as wild carrot, is a weed and is thought by some to be invasive, noxious, and aggravating.  It is also quite beautiful, and it grows in profusion around our … more
I arrived in Seoul on the same day as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the Singapore summit. In the wake of the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo and I … more
I have seen a woman beaten before my eyes, and I did nothing to stop it. It is hard, as a teenager, to know your power and to find your voice. Instead of confronting the violence, I hid behind a … more
RALEIGH — Whether North Carolina pays its public schoolteachers at a level close or equal to the national average is one of the most-debated issues in state politics. Alas, it doesn’t deserve to … more
When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between D.C. and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive “pat-downs” (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration. One … more
Road rage, a term coined in 1988 in California, means, according to the dictionary, "aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other vehicle that includes rude or obscene gestures, … more
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s devastating decision in Shelby County v. Holder (the landmark case that rendered the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act … more
Much has been made about the potential political impact of young people this year, especially after the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the resulting protest walkouts. In fact, the generation … more
You wonder why Fox News is No. 1 in cable? It’s because CNN, MSNBC, NBC and the rest are so relentlessly negative about Donald Trump they force people to watch Fox to find out the truth about … more
We shouldn’t need Cardinal Timothy Dolan to tell us this: “If they want to take a baby from the arms of his mother and separate the two, that’s wrong. I don’t care where you’re at, what … more
RALEIGH — Why are you reading this column? Make no mistake — I’m glad you are. I hope you are an avid reader of editorials, op-eds and columns in newspapers, magazines and online forums. But … more
“We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.” That’s a real headline. And it appeared in The New York Times. No, that’s not a misprint. The actual New York Times, … more
Father’s Day prompts us to recall lessons, anecdotes and memories of times spent with our fathers. One of my earliest memories is when Daddy had taken my siblings and me down to the pasture on … more
james norville James Norville made his will in Edgecombe County on Sept. 8, 1864, and it was probated in May Court, 1867: (1) grandson and executor James B. Norville, home plantation and 2 … more
There is some almost morbid irony in the subject matter for today’s column in that the seeds for it were planted several weeks ago in a conversation between my wife and our 26-year-old daughter. My … more
Sometimes, as people, we have to bring up topics that are unpleasant. Some are socially unacceptable, some are borderline profane and some are, well, just better off unspoken. We struggle with how to … more
RALEIGH — In the long-running dispute between State Superintendent Mark Johnson, a Republican elected in 2016, and the State Board of Education, which currently has a majority of Republican … more
Author’s Note: With all the recent activity regarding immigration, I decided to repeat the column I wrote following a visit to Ellis Island, New York in 2011. It is relevant today. Standing in … more
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