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A reader called me recently wanting to talk about some obsolete antique items he was trying to locate that we had mentioned in a recent column. He told me he was having no luck in his search, so … more
When government “nudges” people into new behaviors, resistance is often ugly. Eric Garner died because a Democratic governor sent the message down the line that New York was losing a billion … more
The complicit news broadcast Fox News’ Sean Hannity has claimed that President Trump’s greater successes are and will be in the area of foreign policy. One finds it very difficult to bring … more
Editor’s Note: When a columnist for IndyWeek suggested the Durham Performing Arts Center should cancel Jordan Peterson’s upcoming lecture, I reached out to the alt-weekly and offered to provide a … more
When Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki this week, it might have been useful if they’d had a written contract to reference their previous understandings. No such written contract … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted economic incentives. I have my own view on the subject, which I’ll share later in this … more
Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds) or because the guy has been thoroughly … more
The Black Justice. The First Female. The Wise Latina. The Rumored Lesbian. The Catholic. The Other Catholic. Liberals have had a tendency to label possible Supreme Court picks based upon their … more
As President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship … more
My late father once told me the story about his first flight in an airplane during World War II. His unit of CBs — short for construction battalions — was being moved to another island in the … more
Cancer affects nearly one in three Americans at some point in their lives. It can be frightening to hear the word “cancer,” particularly when it affects someone we love. But for the vast … 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
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
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
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