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In their fervor to repeal and replace Obamacare, our Congress has run headfirst into a wall of political reality: once you extend benefits to people, it is almost impossible to take them away. Despite all the bluff and bluster, Congress … more
What exactly is homemaking? Answers to this question are numerous. Most people think of homemaking as the intricacies of managing a home and creating a nurturing atmosphere for a family. Early in the 20th century, the Cooperative Extension … more
I don’t really have a specific topic for this week’s column. Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with something each week. As mentioned before, I don’t have a surplus of columns that I can reach into and pull out a gem when I … more
If you know me at all, you knew eventually it was going to happen. Somehow I was going to tie my discussion about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the writings, thought and influence of Martin Luther’s vigilante … more
RALEIGH — William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and a key orchestrator of protests against Republicans in the Tar Heel State, is a minister. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in … more
RALEIGH — A fellow reporter and I tried recently to make a list of N.C. legislators who have traditional, 9-to-5 jobs. Our list was short. Few can balance the legislature’s grueling schedule with the demands of a boss and set hours. … more
“When I get to Washington, I’m going to ‘drain the swamp.’” That was another campaign slogan of Donald Trump that caught the imagination of many of his supporters. In that imagination, supporters must have seen swamp … more
RALEIGH — The fiscal crises in two states have liberals and conservatives chortling in glee. Liberal Connecticut and conservative Kansas are both in fiscal trouble, so conservatives point northward and liberals midwestward and say, … more
Many of us remember North Carolina U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms’ war against CBS news, complaining the “liberal press” consisted of “men and women who, if they do not hate American virtues…certainly have a smug contempt for … more
Why don’t we just haul off and give corn its deserved credit? For many centuries, Native American groups relied on corn — maize — for food and so many other uses. They introduced corn to the early colonists, who made it an … more
Can a former North Carolina governor bridge the gap between science and religion? Jim Martin gives it a try in a new book, “Revelation Through Science: Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion.” Why would he want to take on … more
Dynamic Leadership Wilson is all in the hands. It started with the swatting and slapping of mosquitoes during a team-building retreat in the swampy Inner Banks. Then hearty handshakes were exchanged during monthly tours of the institutions that … more
RALEIGH — There are many different ideas about the best way to increase the growth of North Carolina’s economy. But this variation of opinions masks an important level of agreement on the basic building blocks of that growth. Here are … more
At some point in our political/governmental dilemma, all our faults and all our partisanship gives way to the dilemma. A very penitent conclusion is then drawn. Enough is enough. It is time for Congress to take the reins and stop this … more
Western values, Judeo-Christian at base but also to some degree influenced by Greco-Roman views on philosophy and politics, are under threat from within by a nihilist “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Western Civ has got to go” mentality. President … more
RALEIGH — While there is no shortage of opinions and controversy about how best to improve schooling, virtually everyone agrees that the quality of teaching is the critical variable. To improve schooling is only to contribute to the future … more
The other day, I was out in the yard moving something around and some guy walking briskly down the street stopped and waved. I looked up from what I was doing, mopped my brow and commented about how hot it was. The guy took a big swig from his … more
In looking back 500 years to Martin Luther’s words and actions that initiated what we now know as the Protestant Reformation, there are very many aspects of church life and theology that we can see which have changed drastically through the … more
Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel, “Anna Karenina,” with this sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I am not sure that all happy families are alike, nor am I sure that … more
RALEIGH — What some hyperpartisans now call “fake news” is in many instances neither fake nor news. But when it comes to a recent report on the potential effects of the U.S. Senate’s health care bill on North Carolinians, … more
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