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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
RALEIGH — What's the matter with kids today? What makes them such noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy loafers? You can talk and talk until your face is blue, but they still just do what they want to … more
The gospels of Matthew and Mark identify the place where Jesus prayed shortly before his betrayal by Judas and then later his trial and crucifixion as Gethsemane. Jesus was accompanied by three of … more
An effort is underway in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina's Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being … more
I knew Lynn was good. I just didn't know how good, until I read that Lynn Good's total compensation package had doubled in the past two years.  Lynn is the CEO of Duke Energy, the … more
President Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill - $1.3 trillion - on Friday, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn't fund his … more
This morning on the way to work, I stopped to get gas. There are a few gas stations near my house, but three of them are in the opposite direction of my morning commute. I would have to drive a … more
Most of us have had unusual people cross our paths — people who left such an impression on us that we think about them frequently. One such character my siblings and I remember was a resident … more
CHARLES WILKINS On Feb. 1, 1708/09, Patrick (P.E.) and Mary Egarton sold Charles Wilkins, Planter, of Chowan Precinct, for $40 N. C. money 140 acres adjoining John Taylor, Edward Smithwick and the … more
President Trump will never win. Not with the liberal media, anyway. First they were all over his case for not wanting to meet with North Korea’s dear leader, Kim Jong Un. Then they ripped … more
Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always … more
RALEIGH — If you are a political junkie, you follow closely the daily ins and outs of elections and legislation. I do, too. Let’s step back for a second, take a breath and consider the phenomenal … more
Fear is contagious. And Republicans should be terrified about last week’s congressional race in southwestern Pennsylvania. If they couldn’t win a House seat on solid Trump turf, in a … more
Although in my trade I’m expected to use words and sentences correctly I sometimes, whether unintentionally or just out of ignorance, tend to destroy the English language. Heck, I’m as capable … more
Finally, President Trump asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to impose low-level sanctions on some of the Russian entities that are known to have interfered in our election. Based on the reported … more
RALEIGH — Last week was Sunshine Week, the annual event where news organizations promote government transparency and analyze how well our public records and open meetings laws are working. This … more
This week in the middle of all the basketball madness, we put aside the hard fact that we are loving our favorite game to death. And, even when we acknowledge what is happening, we blame the wrong … more
RALEIGH — The public is in a surly mood. According to a January poll by Gallup, only 38 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with how well “the U.S. system of government works.” … more
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. war on Iraq. The “shock and awe” attack was launched based on “stove-piped” intelligence fed from the CIA and Pentagon through an uncritical … more
Gov. Roy Cooper is doing his best to woo Amazon’s second headquarters to the Triangle area with the promise of millions in tax incentives. The governor won’t say just how much incentive cash … more
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