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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide North Carolina’s gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause and ordered further review by the lower court. This outcome followed deferrals on … more
Ever since that episode in Eden’s garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures. Most loathe the slithering … more
Got a call last week from an old friend who needed a truck to haul something and I was happy to oblige. We’ve been friends for nearly 15 years, first meeting at a church we were attending. Over … more
I thought I was so smart back in 2016 when I wrote that Democrats, who were confident they would defeat Donald Trump, should be pulling for him to win. A Trump win, I explained, could be a good … more
We’re used to hearing politicians oversell their accomplishments. But President Trump is absolutely right to brag about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “At last, our country finally has a tax … more
President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton was recently in Moscow organizing what promises to be a historic summit meeting between his boss and Russian President Vladimir Putin. … more
RALEIGH — In politics, the karma may not be instant — but it will get you, sooner or later. Want examples? Just check out the political headlines of the past few weeks. Anthony Kennedy, the … more
What is the worst thing that has happened to us in the last few weeks? Our state legislature’s final week of secrecy and surprises? North Korea’s reported resumption of processing of … more
I have been waiting for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to say the words “I retire,” for more than a quarter-century. The first time I longed to hear that phrase was in 1992, when he penned the … more
My advice to Democrats — which I’ve offered for free since the dawn of this century — is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.” But … more
Well, here we go again. On June 27, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31. Cue crisis, as defined by President John F. Kennedy’s … more
Fourth of July week always brings emotions of nostalgia for me. It hearkens back to childhood days when life was simpler by comparison, and the world, at least to my childlike understanding, was more … more
Children crave security and often find it in their teddy bears, blankets or some other item in the home. Items that provide children a sense of security can be almost any object, as long as it is … more
A lot of you have been asking about Cooper, especially after last week’s column about Hobbs, the cat from next door. Cooper is doing fine and he wants everyone to know that he is well and there … more
In the military (and many civilian workplaces too) a short-timer is someone who is nearing the end of his or her term of service. Often, the term is used pejoratively to describe individuals who … more
RALEIGH — After decades of debate and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court has settled a contentious matter: governments will now be authorized to tax the online purchases of their residents even if … more
Spend much time listening to the political rhetoric flowing from the state capital, and you’re likely to hear complaints about legislative “power grabs” and efforts to “rip authority away” … more
The devil is in the details. We continue seeing the truth of this statement as news trickled out of Raleigh last week. The latest Republican stunt: stripping the governor of his appointment … more
Fremont resident Col. Walter Joseph “Joe” Marm (U.S. Army retired) and his wife, Deborah, have plans to attend a big baseball game in a few days that has been on their schedule and on their minds … more
The American Cancer Society has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for … more
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