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Driving home this evening, I called my wife and asked what was for dinner. There was a long pause and, for a second, I could hear a deep sigh. I could hear the exasperation in that sigh and I … more
I had a philosophy professor in college who loved to pose as his final question on every exam: “compare, contrast, and critically evaluate...” — and then he would usually choose two of the … more
In one of his novels, Alexander McCall Smith wrote the following about one of his characters:“She believed in getting as much use as possible from everything, and thought that as long as machinery, … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping … more
My mom died 14 years ago from breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs. She believed in her community, and she worked tirelessly to make it better. Everything she did was centered around … more
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and offers us an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember and reflect on those who have lost their life to this disease, and gaze into the … more
Several years ago, former Wilson mayor Ralph El-Ramey presented me with a copy of a book titled “Code of the City of Wilson N.C. – 1952 ” that contained various ordinances and regulations. … more
A few weeks ago I was asked to be a part of the campaign to defeat two misleading constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot in November. It was easy to say yes, because as a trial … more
No one puts out a welcome mat for the Grim Reaper, but those who’ve built up successful businesses have even more reason to dread his approach. Why? Because they know the death tax will soon exact … more
A Wilson-based pimento cheese company that earned acclaim earlier this year has laid down roots in historic downtown Wilson. OMGoodness Pimento Cheese owners Donna and James Flowers Sr. are … more
Last month’s flooding from Hurricane Florence brought such bad news to New Bern and its neighboring cities, towns and communities. There is a little bit of good news for New Bern this … more
RALEIGH — Do political movements ever really accomplish anything? The English writer G.K. Chesterton had his doubts. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and … more
Current U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield got it wrong again. Just as he was “disappointed” in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, his response was almost verbatim and parroted by other liberal … more
The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process has stumbled forward like a 10-year-old pushing a marble pedestal twice his size up a four-story stairwell. You could say that Dr. Christine … more
It’s very hard to watch another human being cry. It makes you feel like a voyeur, gazing upon a sad moment that should be lived privately. It is a minor agony, to experience the agony of another. … more
Nothing could be finer than things in North Carolina, according to our Republican-controlled General Assembly. The state’s economy is humming along, we’ve socked away billions in savings, given … more
This column started more than a year ago as a build up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the resident Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, my church lifted up … more
Before I write this week’s column, I must plead the Fifth Amendment. By writing this very column this evening, I am admitting that I may be self-incriminating with my comments. I assure you, I … more
Recently, I recalled “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” the old, favorite hymn associated with harvest and especially Thanksgiving. Written in 1844 by Henry Alford, the English poet and … more
RALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly gathered for its Oct. 2 special session on Hurricane Florence relief, the state’s rainy-day fund stood at $2.01 billion. There was another $737 … more
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