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Nothing could be finer than things in North Carolina, according to our Republican-controlled General Assembly. The state’s economy is humming along, we’ve socked away billions in savings, given … more
This column started more than a year ago as a build up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the resident Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, my church lifted up … more
Before I write this week’s column, I must plead the Fifth Amendment. By writing this very column this evening, I am admitting that I may be self-incriminating with my comments. I assure you, I … more
Recently, I recalled “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” the old, favorite hymn associated with harvest and especially Thanksgiving. Written in 1844 by Henry Alford, the English poet and … more
RALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly gathered for its Oct. 2 special session on Hurricane Florence relief, the state’s rainy-day fund stood at $2.01 billion. There was another $737 … more
I’ve been separated from one of my most faithful companions for about a month — my makeup bag. I haven’t done much traveling outside the state in the past few weeks, but my makeup has been … more
North Carolina’s family farms and small businesses are the economic pillars of our rural economies. Our communities are fueled by the labors and talents of these entrepreneurs and small business … more
According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in … more
“Come along and sing a song and join the jamboree, M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.” Some of you may recall these words as being part of the opening theme song for “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the … more
When President Trump visited North Carolina, he assured our state that the federal checkbook would be opened and that we would get almost anything we wanted from FEMA, the Federal Emergency … more
“Nobody has found any widespread instances of voter fraud.” That’s MSNBC host Katy Tur, expressing what passes for conventional wisdom on the Left. They constantly tell us that efforts to … more
A mobile groomer with a loyal following is laying down roots and expanding services with a new storefront on Airport Boulevard. “The reaction from clients has been positive. Definitely … more
If you don’t keep up with the happenings and goings-on around our capital city, you may have missed all the hoopla about Dix Hill.  The property, on which the Dorothea Dix Hospital (Dix … more
OK, I will say it before you do. I know that we just got over Grandparents Day and pumpkin spice lattes were just released, but here I am already talking about Halloween. However, if you are like me … more
SALISBURY — During a recent debate about one of six constitutional amendments on North Carolina’s 2018 ballot, General Assembly special counsel Brent Woodcox made an important observation: you … more
Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the … more
A lot of you have asked me about our “forced vacation” due to the recent hurricane, and what happened to Cooper during the storm. When we got the notice of mandatory evacuation, we … more
Thanks to the help of a number of people who have contributed information for this column for more than two years, a collection of installments is now available. The cover art of the collection … more
For about two years now, almost all the top news has been about some public figure doing something or saying something or having something revealed about him or her. The fallout has been a … more
RALEIGH — If North Carolina Republicans are to maintain solid control of both General Assembly chambers, they can’t just turn out the GOP base this fall. They also need undecided voters to break … more
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