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There is a new meme circulating that Trumpistas have found very pertinent. It’s a stark black-and-white photo of a seated Trump. One elbow is on his left knee and his other hand is gesturing toward … more
“I’m not going to ruin Judge [Brett] Kavanaugh’s life over this,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News’s Chris Wallace last Sunday. “How much evidence is required to destroy a person’s … more
This week, a beloved figure from my childhood, Bill Cosby, was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison. Like many people, especially African-Americans, I am torn between appreciating content he created … more
As a kid, I stood and pledged my allegiance to the United States of America every morning at the start of class. That practice, usually followed immediately by singing the Star-Spangled Banner, … more
The course of my life was forever altered on July 31, 2007. A full-time internship kept me on my college campus that year instead of spending it in my hometown like previous summers, but I had a week … more
We want everyone in our community to know the signs of sepsis. Signs of heart attack and stroke are widely publicized, as the heart and brain are vital organs. It is just as important to … more
Union Point Park in New Bern was mostly underwater, barely recognizable. An extension of the Neuse and Trent rivers. But, watching on TV, we could tell it was — will again be — a … more
Hurricane Florence has come and gone, leaving massive property damage and 37 deaths in its wake. While that may seem like too many deaths, especially for the families whose loved ones are among … more
It’s surprising that a White House incapable of organizing a two-car funeral — if you believe the mainstream liberal media — is presiding over the most robust economy the U.S. has had in years. … more
The change of leaves this fall also will bring about changes within the Wilson ABC Store system. Wilson County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board General Manager Larry Etheridge said the store in … more
What explains the staying power of Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the film that starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch? For some it is its poignant story of Jean Louise or … more
RALEIGH — Will Democrats deliver a punishing blow to Republicans in this year midterm elections in North Carolina or will the much-vaunted “blue wave” prove to be more of a ripple? No one … more
Best-case scenario: Robert Higdon and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement owe North Carolina a lengthy explanation. Worst-case scenario: They owe us all an apology. Such is the confusion … more
The latest round of American boycott/buycott enthusiasm centers on Nike’s new marketing campaign, which features former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — central figure of the … more
It happened once again with Hurricane Florence. Whenever North Carolina is in crisis — such as with storms or other catastrophes — we collectively rise to the occasion. Politics, rivalries and … more
As I’ve noted in a couple of recent columns, Americans from all walks of life have reason to be grateful for last year’s tax cuts. They’ve proved to be quite a boon. The ink was hardly dry … more
On Tuesday of this week, my husband and I traveled to Hampstead, North Carolina, near Wilmington, to help our daughter and her family with issues following Hurricane Florence. On the way there, we … more
If you are a regular reader of my column, you probably realize that this sometimes becomes a self-serving tool for my under-appreciated opinions elsewhere, for ideas for which I have no other outlet … more
If you would have asked me a week and a half ago if I knew I was going on forced vacation, I would have called you crazy. Of course, at that time, Hurricane Florence was just a possible threat … more
RALEIGH — Do you want to hear some good news? For many readers across North Carolina who are still suffering from or cleaning up after the ravages of Hurricane Florence, some good news might be a … more
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