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Every year, numerous churches stage Christmas pageants that re-enact the traditional Christmas story. Adults and children get a chance to participate in pageants that warm hearts and form memories of … more
Like most of you this week, I have a lot of leftovers. I believe this stems from the fact that I would rather have more food for our holiday guests than not enough. I would rather send my guests … more
My son Gideon’s former elementary school awarded (and still awards) a weekly “good citizen” award to a student who does an outstanding job with teamwork, politeness, kindness, etc. I think … more
President Trump announced last week that he was returning North Korea to the U.S. list of “state sponsors of terrorism” after having been off the list for the past nine years. Americans may … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected less state revenue so far than projected for the 2017-18 fiscal year, to the tune of about $134 million. Alarm about this would be premature — we’ve … more
An avalanche of revelations concerning public figures engaging in various sexual assaults has tumbled down upon our heads, and the airwaves are consumed with accusations, recriminations, … more
Now that we’ve got Thanksgiving out of the way, we can move on to what’s really important — stuff. I bet you thought I was going to say Christmas, but as has been indicated by a decade or … more
RALEIGH — If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers in district-run public schools, should North Carolina limit or … more
RALEIGH — You might have already forgotten about 2017’s most over-hyped political drama between the state legislature and Gov. Roy Cooper, but the lawsuit is still crawling its way through the … more
The tweet reads, “I just donated to a Democrat for the first time in my life if any of yall want to do so as well. Enough is Enough.” He includes a link to Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug … more
I get lots of email, including email from political advocacy groups trumpeting the Impending Doom of the Month. This month, that doom is the coming end of “Net Neutrality” at the hands of the … more
North Carolina lost another monument. It came like a flash. And I am still reeling. Charlie Rose was one of North Carolina’s nationally best-known and most admired people. He was right up … more
It was a cold December Saturday in 1943 and Mama was sick in bed with the flu. Daddy was ready to drive the 7-mile trip into Wilson for the week’s supplies, but Mama was definitely too sick to go. … more
Judges are considered to be in command of their courtrooms. But when state legislators pass laws attacking them — shortening their terms, shrinking the appellate court — judges are no longer in … more
RALEIGH — Most voters in North Carolina and the rest of America cast ballots reliably for either Democratic or Republican politicians — even if the voters themselves don’t belong to a party. … more
For the first 20 years of my career, I was a radio broadcaster in Greenville, Wilson, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina and later Raleigh and Durham. At these stations, employees often performed multiple … more
Through the generations, many bits of wisdom or sometimes just things that people have come to believe are true have become widely known. “Old wives’ tales” are abundant. Some people believe … more
My birthday happened to have been last Sunday, which explains a little about my ruminations of this week. My thoughts might seem to be more relevant for New Year’s, but I’m sure are driven by the … more
I guess it’s time, after the turkey and stuffing are gone, that we address the elephant in the room. The football games are over, there is no more pumpkin pie, and the taillights of the last … more
Unemployment is low, stocks are booming and business confidence is soaring to record highs. Yet wages for too many Americans are still barely increasing after eight long, flat years of the Obama … more
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