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Our legislators are due to return to Raleigh on Jan. 10, another continuation of the 2017 session they just can’t seem to conclude. The January date was set to spend a day or so passing judicial … more
Most of the gifts exchanged at this time of year are opened on Christmas Day. But this time around, a big one arrived a few days early: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. You’d never know that if you … more
This year, for Christmas, my wife asked for a Crock-Pot. Before you get all riled up and scold me for not getting her something meaningful or sparkly or expensive, remember this one fact: she … more
Happy New Year! How many times have you heard that this past week? It is a brand new year. New opportunities. New chances. Truly, it is a new day. And with all the newness involved in the new … more
For those of us who love ideas, people who can think wonderful thoughts and get them expressed shower us with gifts on New Year’s Day and throughout the year. Following is a shower of gifts that … more
Ahead of a vote in the United Nations’ General Assembly on a resolution condemning U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley … more
Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed a space policy directive to “restore American leadership in space.” To the excitement of many, this directive includes sending men back to the … more
As war continues to be waged over tax reform and the Affordable Care Act, a more subversive battle to eliminate consumer and environmental protections continues to rage. With the stroke of a pen, the … more
RALEIGH — Does Gov. Roy Cooper believe that North Carolina’s tax burden should be $3 billion higher? It’s a fair question to ask given what Charlie Perusse, the governor’s budget director, … more
RALEIGH — Between July 2016 and July of this year, North Carolina added enough people to its population to build a new city the size of Wilmington — an increase of 116,730 people that makes us … more
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill is now the law of the land. There has been much a do about a hell of a lot. The precedent set in this legislation is the most lopsided tax bill in history. With the … more
Can great individuals affect the affairs of man? If they can, then Winston Churchill is certainly one of the greatest among them. In many ways, the new movie “Darkest Hour” is the perfect … more
RALEIGH — The primary benefit of the University of North Carolina system’s new free-speech policy will be to protect the freedom of professors, students, and other North Carolinians to listen to … more
Recently, North Carolina 1st Congressional District Rep. G.K. Butterfield released the following statement on his website regarding President Trump's acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the capital of … more
The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms. I remember the shiny gloss of a purple-and-white J.C. Higgins bicycle at age 8. The next year was even better - a Lionel train whose sleek black … more
I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus? If I were a betting man, I would wager not many of you are, … more
Every sport deserves its own conference champion; every class deserves its own award winners; every Christmas deserves its own superlatives. This year’s Christmas superlatives are spot-on: They … more
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, … more
Before race drivers start a race, teams fine-tune cars to ensure ultimate performance. At your N.C. Department of Public Instruction, my team and I have been inspecting and calibrating while … more
Almost as shocking as the allegations of sexual and racial misconduct about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson published Friday was the news Sunday night that the founding owner of the NFL … more
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