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It’s ironic that privacy vulture Mark Zuckerberg’s first day of Senate testimony so closely resembled the action in a first-person shooter: 44 waves of poorly programmed, time-limited attackers … more
As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly … more
If you could wave a magic wand and make one change that would provide the greatest benefit to rural North Carolina, what would it be? I’ve been intrigued by that question ever since it was first … more
The column this week is going to be a little prickly for some folks. I’m probably going to get some letters. I might get a nastygram or two on Facebook. I expect it. Some of you are going to love … more
When my generation attended junior high school during the ’50s and ’60s, girls were required to take eighth-grade home economics, and boys received training in industrial arts. These courses … more
JAMES DANIEL Elephar Tomlinson, daughter of Jonathan Tomlinson and wife Priscilla Renfrow, was born on Dec. 3, 1827, and died on May 3, 1900. She married James Daniel, son of Jacob Daniel and wife … more
Our two children, Emma and Dawson, both attended school here and both participated in athletics throughout their time in school. Both are graduates of Fike. During that time I got to know one of the … more
RALEIGH — Peer pressure has been the reason, or at least the rationalization, for many a youthful indiscretion — not that I would know from personal experience. Actually, the effect doesn’t … more
Last week’s shooting at YouTube’s California headquarters is certain to add momentum to the push for more gun control. Even before the shooting, YouTube was working to undermine gun rights by … more
Goodbye. A simple, yet extremely important word that most of us use numerous times each day when communicating. The word, or a version of it, does not seem to be all that complicated, but we … more
With the 2018 primaries and midterm elections approaching, I’d like to reflect on the importance of voting from a Biblical perspective. All denominations can agree that the source of truth is the … more
“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told me the other day in Durham. The … more
RALEIGH — A hot new trend is sweeping North Carolina campaigns this year: Trying to get your opponents disqualified and kicked off the ballot before Election Day. I’m surprised this tactic … more
RALEIGH — Proving that great minds think alike, both Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, memorably described the human tendency toward … more
Eighty of North Carolina’s 100 counties are considered rural, understanding the definition to be a county in which the population density is less than 250 people per square mile. Our state has the … more
According to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Oakland, California, mayor Libby Schaaf prevented nearly 800 arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in … more
I’m feeling human again, thanks. After three weeks of living in opioid hell — of constantly being sick to my stomach, of throwing up, of having the shakes and feeling depressed and crying — … more
COL. DAVID WILLIAMS (There follows such information as I have yet been able to obtain about Col. David Williams of Edgecombe and Wilson counties, who played a prominent part in the formation of … more
Spring is a welcome relief from the hardships of winter for many people, especially after the few weeks of heavy pollen have passed. When spring is at its glorious peak, most of us rejoice in the … more
I was joking with one of the editors a couple of weeks ago about the content of this column. I was telling him I can come up with a topic for the column each week usually without difficulty, but … more
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