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Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with “the push of a button,” as President … more
You don’t have to be a meteorologist to understand that the gathering stormclouds are threatening the 2018 elections. The high-pressure system at the genesis of this storm is the result of … more
JOHN T. DEW John Thomas Dew, son of John Dew and wife of Sally Lucas, was born in Wilson County on Dec. 29, 1869, and died on Oct. 18, 1951. He married Maud Boswell, daughter of Bunyan Boswell and … more
It’s been a rough start for 2018 for me. In common parlance, I’d just say I’m wearing out, but more aptly I’d describe myself as one of my favorite “Lord of the Rings” quotes from Bilbo: … more
A lot of us in my part of the state got hammered by a winter storm last week. This part of the country is unaccustomed to ice and snow and because of this, I got a few days off. Who wouldn’t take a … more
Recently, I saw an image of an old-fashioned Hoosier cabinet, a popular kitchen feature during the mid-20th century. This image triggered thoughts of kitchens of our country relatives and neighbors … more
RALEIGH — President Donald Trump’s claims about voter fraud are preposterous. No credible evidence suggests that millions of people cast illegal ballots, or that candidates who outpoll rivals by … more
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that … more
I support “the wall” but it will not be sufficient to halt illegal immigration in itself. About 40 to 50 percent of illegal immigrants do not sneak across the border. They simply obtain an … more
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe recognizing “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” first bestowed (upon its namesake filmmaker) in 1952. On Sunday, … more
Remember when global warming meant the planet was supposed to, well, warm up? Temperatures would rise, and all manner of ecological calamity would ensue? Me too. So it was surprising to find … more
While sitting at home during inclement weather, I repelled cabin fever by reading books and interesting information on social media. I do not read comments to letters to the editor and the comments … more
Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off the New Year by reversing the Obama-era guidance for federal prosecutors to limit their enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized … more
If Charles Robert Jenkins were still around, we could ask him about how to best deal with North Korea. Jenkins, in case you don’t remember, was the soldier from Rich Square, North Carolina, who … more
RALEIGH — “Possum out: Famous New Year’s event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent” was the lead headline in last week’s Cherokee Scout, North Carolina’s westernmost … more
RALEIGH — I think the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper favors the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project connecting natural-gas generation in West Virginia to natural-gas … more
Two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, a former contestant on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” sued him for defamation. At issue was his public response to her allegations of … more
In early 2012, I was traveling around the state meeting with pastors as part of Vote for Marriage NC. On May 8, 2012, North Carolinians voted to protect traditional marriage with a 61 percent … more
January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for … more
As the New Year unfolds there are at least a dozen leaders likely to play a big role in public policy issues in 2018. In order to avoid criticism for any partiality, we listed them in alphabetical … more
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