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RALEIGH — If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least three ways you could respond. You could question what I mean by … more
It wasn’t too long ago when the list of medicines available to treat our ailments included things like aspirin, Vick’s Vapo-Rub, cough syrup, mercurochrome, Alka-Seltzer and Pepto Bismol. That … more
These days we frequently hear and read about the fact that courtesy and decent behavior are being lost in society. Many individuals and groups would like to see a return to a time when people were … more
BENJAMIN HARDY On Oct. 19, 1762, Samuel Benton and wife Frances of Granville County sold Benjamin Hardy of Johnston County for 200 Proclamation Money (1) 570 acres on the Middle Prong of Smith’s … more
The other night. I had gotten myself a piece of cake from the kitchen and sat down at the coffee table. As I sat down, I discovered I had forgotten a fork. A lot of you have eaten cake and I’ll … more
RALEIGH — If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least three ways you could respond. You could question what I mean by … more
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide North Carolina’s gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause and ordered further review by the lower court. This outcome followed deferrals on … more
Ever since that episode in Eden’s garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures. Most loathe the slithering … more
Got a call last week from an old friend who needed a truck to haul something and I was happy to oblige. We’ve been friends for nearly 15 years, first meeting at a church we were attending. Over … more
I thought I was so smart back in 2016 when I wrote that Democrats, who were confident they would defeat Donald Trump, should be pulling for him to win. A Trump win, I explained, could be a good … more
We’re used to hearing politicians oversell their accomplishments. But President Trump is absolutely right to brag about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “At last, our country finally has a tax … more
President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton was recently in Moscow organizing what promises to be a historic summit meeting between his boss and Russian President Vladimir Putin. … more
RALEIGH — In politics, the karma may not be instant — but it will get you, sooner or later. Want examples? Just check out the political headlines of the past few weeks. Anthony Kennedy, the … more
What is the worst thing that has happened to us in the last few weeks? Our state legislature’s final week of secrecy and surprises? North Korea’s reported resumption of processing of … more
I have been waiting for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to say the words “I retire,” for more than a quarter-century. The first time I longed to hear that phrase was in 1992, when he penned the … more
My advice to Democrats — which I’ve offered for free since the dawn of this century — is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.” But … more
Well, here we go again. On June 27, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31. Cue crisis, as defined by President John F. Kennedy’s … more
Fourth of July week always brings emotions of nostalgia for me. It hearkens back to childhood days when life was simpler by comparison, and the world, at least to my childlike understanding, was more … more
Children crave security and often find it in their teddy bears, blankets or some other item in the home. Items that provide children a sense of security can be almost any object, as long as it is … more
A lot of you have been asking about Cooper, especially after last week’s column about Hobbs, the cat from next door. Cooper is doing fine and he wants everyone to know that he is well and there … more
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