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RALEIGH — There are many different ideas about the best way to increase the growth of North Carolina’s economy. But this variation of opinions masks an important level of agreement on the basic building blocks of that growth. Here are … more
At some point in our political/governmental dilemma, all our faults and all our partisanship gives way to the dilemma. A very penitent conclusion is then drawn. Enough is enough. It is time for Congress to take the reins and stop this … more
Western values, Judeo-Christian at base but also to some degree influenced by Greco-Roman views on philosophy and politics, are under threat from within by a nihilist “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Western Civ has got to go” mentality. President … more
RALEIGH — While there is no shortage of opinions and controversy about how best to improve schooling, virtually everyone agrees that the quality of teaching is the critical variable. To improve schooling is only to contribute to the future … more
The other day, I was out in the yard moving something around and some guy walking briskly down the street stopped and waved. I looked up from what I was doing, mopped my brow and commented about how hot it was. The guy took a big swig from his … more
In looking back 500 years to Martin Luther’s words and actions that initiated what we now know as the Protestant Reformation, there are very many aspects of church life and theology that we can see which have changed drastically through the … more
Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel, “Anna Karenina,” with this sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I am not sure that all happy families are alike, nor am I sure that … more
RALEIGH — What some hyperpartisans now call “fake news” is in many instances neither fake nor news. But when it comes to a recent report on the potential effects of the U.S. Senate’s health care bill on North Carolinians, … more
What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and seems to be pulling each of us under, sucking out of us every ounce of our humanity? It is as if … more
Last week we moved away from talking about Carolina Laundry and went down Kenan Street to Charles L. Coon High School, from which I graduated in 1951. Resource officers in the school were totally unheard of. Any outsider could walk freely into … more
Peggy Garner had a deeper and different understanding of liberty than Patrick Henry — he who famously shouted “Give me liberty or give me death.” Peggy Garner had no liberty. She was a slave. Patrick Henry detested taxation … more
RALEIGH — A couple of months ago, I wrote a column that outlined emerging threats to freedom of speech on college campuses — and noted with alarm that few of North Carolina’s public or private universities had taken the necessary … more
Independence Day is almost upon us and most of us will be enjoying cookouts and parties, parades and fireworks. It is the unofficial midway point of summer, though it falls in the early part of the season. This is the middle jewel of summer … more
As I continue to reflect on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which hits its fruition on Oct. 31 of this year, we are intersecting with the 241st Independence Day celebration of the founding of our own country this coming week. … more
RALEIGH — As a boy, I barely knew an adult who didn’t smoke. My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. My dad didn’t smoke, but all his buddies did. After he died of lung cancer at age … more
RALEIGH — The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that it saved too much and cut taxes too much. North Carolina would be better off, … more
Now we know the extent of Russia’s meddling in our 2016 presidential election. As we learn more, the views are lining up. Before you choose, think about America, its people, its character, its world status and its current condition, then … more
RALEIGH — Decades from now, the most enduring and defining mark of this Republican legislature may well be charter schools. In 2011, Republicans came to power intent on lifting the 100-school cap that had existed since the mid-1990s. This … more
There used to be a bumper sticker on cars that said “Ask Me About My Grandchildren.” We younger folks use to think it was funny when we got alongside the car and saw it was a tiny old lady who could barely see over the wheel or a … more
As celebrations go, this year is a big one for Protestants in general and Lutherans in particular as Oct. 31 rolls around to bring about the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of both of those movements in the actions of Martin Luther. But on a … more
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