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RALEIGH — I love beer, especially craft beer, and from the look of things about 5 p.m. most days, so do many other North Carolinians. But as I enjoy my IPAs, I’m concerned that the big beer companies will someday crush small … more
Lawsuits about voting rights inevitably involve the intersection of law and politics, and sometimes it can be hard to keep the two straight. A recent guest column in the Wilson Times (“AG Stein flunks the ethics test,” March 6) may … more
My wife and I received an invitation to a party, but I don’t think we will attend. We both like parties. What’s not to like about parties? There usually is free food and drink and sometimes there is entertainment. Most people hold … more
Five hundred years ago, the course of church history took a major shift initiated by a then-Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther. The shift for the whole church was pushed by almost all the major forces of the time: economic, political, … more
I was interested and surprised with the guest columnist J. Christian Adams’ recent column, “AG Stein flunks the ethics test” on Tuesday. In that column, he implies that the current attorney general cannot decide whether to defend … more
RALEIGH — Reporters look for what is new, and that’s what the legislative press corps did that day years back when the budget was approved in just hours. It wasn’t news that legislative Democrats had just crammed another budget … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s pick to head North Carolina’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, former state Rep. Larry Hall, received unanimous approval last week from the Senate committee tasked to confirm him. Of … more
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has been accused of committing serious ethical misconduct in a brief filed before the United States Supreme Court. Lawyers for the General Assembly have asked the Supreme Court to recognize their … more
The other day, I made a cup of coffee, turned on the television and sat in my recliner. My recliner is well worn, with a wobbly left arm, but the good parts still work. I sat in my favorite chair, set the coffee on the table beside me and promptly … more
While visiting one of my closest friends in Washington last month, the talk to turned to politics. Our conversation was polite, respectful and … here I want to say frustrating or pointless, but the better word is illuminating. As we argued … more
They come in fear. They leave with hope. That’s one way to describe the many hundreds of people who make their way every year to Wilson’s Wesley Shelter, a nonprofit founded in 1983 to combat domestic violence and homelessness in this … more
Congress last overhauled the federal tax code in the 1980s — more than 30 years ago — and it shows. A lot has changed in the last three decades; our tax code has not. This has led to stagnant wages and sluggish economic growth. When … more
“Imagine” is one of the most powerful words in the English language and certainly one of the most recognized songs by John Lennon. Just the mention starts us singing along, “you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the … more
Linda McMahon, an eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week. She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the … more
I am positive my wife thinks I am the most forgetful man on the planet. I’m not, really. Sure, I forget little things once in a great while. I once got into the car without my dentures in and caught myself, so I went back into the house and … more
RALEIGH — See if you can follow this logic. The Faculty Assembly of the University of North Carolina has just asked a regional accreditation board to investigate recent policy disputes involving the UNC system. If the accreditors conclude that … more
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