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Last Thursday, congressional Republicans unveiled their tax reform legislation. On the same day, President Trump nominated current Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen … more
The citizens of the city of Wilson are blessed and lucky to have such an upbeat police department whose programs and policies demonstrate genuine caring for all citizens. It is the caring part by … more
RALEIGH — North Carolinians would experience large gains in after-tax income under the tax-reform bill released last week in Washington, according to an initial analysis by the nonpartisan Tax … more
The United States Supreme Court is immersed in hearing and deciding complex cases this week as it begins the second month of its new term. The North Carolina Supreme Court is doing similar work in … more
On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on New York since Sept. 11, 2001. Of the eight … more
President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on Thursday. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs … more
Political correctness strikes again. This time eight are dead and more than a dozen injured after Uzbekistan national Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov plowed his Home Depot rented pickup truck into … more
Most of us learned in school that agriculture is the backbone of America. Many of us know that the farm is a wondrous place, and farm families, through their intelligence and hard work, sustain … more
I am running out of patience. It has been suggested that, as you get older, you develop more patience as you understand better what things should stress you and what things you should just shrug … more
My wife is a savior. Oh, now don’t get me wrong; I’m not talking about some kind of Messianic confusion of this life and the next. But I am talking about the same kind of sentiment as in that … more
RALEIGH — With the national debate about tax reform heating up, you’ll be hearing a lot about the difference between marginal and average tax rates. It’s an important distinction — and the … more
The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer touches the lives of one in 10 North Carolinians every month. We manage the 26th-largest pool of money in the world valued at over $110 billion. … more
RALEIGH — Just when you thought North Carolina had moved on from debating bathrooms, House Bill 2 is back in the headlines thanks to a surprise move by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper wants to resolve a … more
‘The bottom has fallen out of the Republican Party.” So wrote Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia Allen last week. “Well,” she continued, “not the bottom exactly. More like … more
To say that “times have changed” is probably the most overstated, yet underappreciated comment I believe one could possibly make. Some for the good, some not so good and some not good at … more
Never in a million years would one have thought that America, in 2017 would be toying with authoritarianism as a means of saving an inept president who does not care about America or its people. … more
Amidst all the speculation about the scope and direction of Robert Mueller’s deepening Trump-Russia probe — triggered anew by the indictment of Paul Manafort — one thing is certain: No matter … more
And so, it begins. Robert Mueller’s Office of the Special Counsel is rolling out indictments connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Odds are, indictments for Democrats won’t … more
For 22 years, beginning in 1986 and ending in 2008, I taught in the California public school system. My subject was English as a second language, and my students were adults. The first class … more
NEWTON — Should public schoolteachers be compensated as professionals? All four panelists at a recent “Hometown Debate” staged at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton agreed that … more
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