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Can a new book about North Carolina’s famous Siamese twins help explain today’s persistent, even growing, support for President Donald Trump? Notwithstanding the disarray in the White House, … more
RALEIGH — In the 1969 parody “Support Your Local Sheriff!” James Garner plays a skilled but somewhat-disreputable gunslinger who stumbles his way into the job of sheriff in a Colorado frontier … more
RALEIGH — Supporters of lesser-known political parties were disappointed with North Carolina’s presidential election ballot in 2016. Did you want to vote for Nutrition Party candidate Rod … more
Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently … more
RALEIGH — It was bound to happen here, how could it not? State legislatures across the nation have been rocked by sexual harassment scandals. The allegations against Rep. Duane Hall, D-Wake, had … more
George Orwell, mastermind behind “1984,” would have enjoyed the moment. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was engaged in a verbal exchange with a Department of Justice attorney about whether obtaining … more
George Washington, William Shakespeare and Carl Sagan may be some of history’s greatest minds and most celebrated figures, but they’d all probably be in prison today if they were still alive. … more
“You ain’t from around here, are you?” This question may not be grammatically correct, but it is an increasingly accurate observation about our state. According to the Carolina Population … more
Today’s column is about the second comical confluence of dates this year which happens to fall on tomorrow’s date. Easter Sunday is on April 1 — April Fools’ Day. And like earlier this year … more
Recently, as I was looking for one particular photograph from our family’s collection, I learned lessons about history and customs of our past. I looked through photograph albums put together … more
Boykin’s Mill: Formerly owned by Alfred Boykin. On Mill Branch about a mile north of Contentnea Creek and about a mile east of the Johnston County line. Boykin’s Mill: In past years, Condary … more
So now it’s collusion with Stormy Daniels? The obsession by some in the media with the affair that Donald Trump allegedly had with a porn star 12 years ago shows how desperate his haters are to … more
Who would be on your list of North Carolina public intellectuals? I asked that question recently in a column about some of our state’s influential people who could take the places of the late … more
RALEIGH — It has long been commonplace for North Carolina politicians to lavish generous praise on community colleges. Alas, this praise is more often a sort of rote incantation than a real … more
The operative word in activist is “active.” To be an activist you must be... well, active; proactive at times. An activist can’t sit in front of a computer, posting or blogging away, limit … more
Although I have not been asked to deliver a commencement speech to high school graduates in June, I’d still like to offer some personal advice to current seniors they probably won’t hear from any … more
RALEIGH — More so than any other school shooting, the recent Parkland, Florida, tragedy has inspired North Carolina politicians to Do Something. But what’s the Something? Everyone seems to … more
Saturday, March 24, 2018 will go down in history as one of the world’s historic days in the lives of many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Marches and demonstrations taking place … more
Americans who join the military know they’ll be making sacrifices. They put their lives on the line, obviously, but beyond that, they know they’ll have no say in where they live. Indeed, frequent … more
On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image … more
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