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When I heard my brother Jonathan had taken his own life, my first thought, unfiltered through the sieve of reason, was: “Why the hell did he do this to me, to my mother, to us?” When I learned … more
When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today. Despite his protestations, you see, I chose English as my major at … more
RALEIGH — With the budget nearly done, legislators are now turning their attention to the state’s most pressing problems: Are teachers showing too many movies in class? Is it OK to drink alcohol … more
When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Oct. 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the global system. A line of communication … more
RALEIGH — While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading … more
The problem with the “fake news” meme is that such fabrications exist in two places — online at sites dedicated to creating falsehoods and mainstream news outlets. The point of documenting … more
Recently, a Wilson resident told me that when she reads my column, especially when it deals with country life, she recalls memories of her family visiting country relatives on Sunday afternoons. She … more
Be careful. The familiar cautionary phrase has been heard by every young person who has ever gotten behind the wheel of a car, embarked on a trip or undertaken a risky venture. The deliverer of … more
SILVERBORO Incorporated in 1887 on the Wilson-Fayetteville Railroad. Its first mayor was Nathan Boyette and it has always borne his surname by local usage. SILVER LAKE In 1907 Roscoe G. … more
From what I have heard lately, dating in this era is a little different than it was when I was younger. I’ve been married for a long time, so not only is dating not something I am up to speed … more
My boss, so to speak, is coming to town tomorrow to preach and spend time with us here in Wilson. That is to say my Bishop, the Rev. Timothy Smith, bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the … more
In early June, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“the gay wedding cake case”) soaked up most of the Supreme Court decision media limelight, even though (or perhaps … more
Graduation is here for our high school seniors. I want to take a moment to offer unsolicited advice to the young adults starting off on their next steps (and their loved ones who will hopefully cut … more
Every Saturday night, our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode. Before the hour was over, Raymond Burr would have solved the mystery, always titled … more
Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians held primaries last month that decided their nominees for most offices in the November election. In June, our two new parties will hold conventions to … more
RALEIGH — Many political pollsters took it on the chin in 2016. Their surveys proved to be wildly off in the presidential race, among others. So as the 2018 midterms approach, will we all stop … more
There is no good time to have a flat tire. Regardless of when they occur, flat tires are almost always at the most inconvenient times. No one has ever uttered and really meant the words, … more
You did not get to a parade or service on Memorial Day. You can’t get to the Normandy beaches this week for the anniversary of D-Day. You are feeling a need to be in touch with the sacrifices … more
RALEIGH — Thank you for your generous donation to the Moravian Church’s mountain retreat and conference center. Sure, odds are you’ve never visited this facility in Ashe County, and you … more
What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session?  Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session adjournment resolution. Important … more
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