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RALEIGH — Does Gov. Roy Cooper believe that North Carolina’s tax burden should be $3 billion higher? It’s a fair question to ask given what Charlie Perusse, the governor’s budget director, … more
RALEIGH — Between July 2016 and July of this year, North Carolina added enough people to its population to build a new city the size of Wilmington — an increase of 116,730 people that makes us … more
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill is now the law of the land. There has been much a do about a hell of a lot. The precedent set in this legislation is the most lopsided tax bill in history. With the … more
Can great individuals affect the affairs of man? If they can, then Winston Churchill is certainly one of the greatest among them. In many ways, the new movie “Darkest Hour” is the perfect … more
RALEIGH — The primary benefit of the University of North Carolina system’s new free-speech policy will be to protect the freedom of professors, students, and other North Carolinians to listen to … more
Recently, North Carolina 1st Congressional District Rep. G.K. Butterfield released the following statement on his website regarding President Trump's acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the capital of … more
The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms. I remember the shiny gloss of a purple-and-white J.C. Higgins bicycle at age 8. The next year was even better - a Lionel train whose sleek black … more
I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus? If I were a betting man, I would wager not many of you are, … more
Every sport deserves its own conference champion; every class deserves its own award winners; every Christmas deserves its own superlatives. This year’s Christmas superlatives are spot-on: They … more
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, … more
Before race drivers start a race, teams fine-tune cars to ensure ultimate performance. At your N.C. Department of Public Instruction, my team and I have been inspecting and calibrating while … more
Almost as shocking as the allegations of sexual and racial misconduct about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson published Friday was the news Sunday night that the founding owner of the NFL … more
RALEIGH — There’s a valid argument against federal tax reform — an argument that didn’t apply to North Carolina’s path-breaking reforms — but congressional Democrats and their ideological … more
Republicans in Congress are rejoicing. The American people are not. According to SurveyMonkey poll 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the tax bill and only 37 percent approve. Only a third of … more
According to the biblical account of the birth of Christ as found in Matthew, there is a reference made to Magi, or “wise men from the east” who were apparently students of astronomy, the science … more
Between 2007 and 2012, the New York Times reports, a secret U.S. Department of Defense program received $22 million to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects. Although it no longer … more
How low can you go? How much dirty and uncanny stuff can the president get away with? Can Americans get just one day off from the scurrilous nonsense carried on by Donald J. Trump and the Republicans … more
RALEIGH — For the second time in as many years, Senate Democrats walked out on their Republican colleagues and left them to conduct legislative business by themselves. The first time they did it … more
Are you hoping that someone will give you a Bitcoin for Christmas this year? Or do you think it might be a perfect gift for you to give to someone else? It is, you think, a gift that, because … more
RALEIGH — Public safety is the first and foremost responsibility of government. North Carolinians want their public officials to do what is required — pass laws, appropriate funds, administer … more
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