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Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang on … more
Good news: For the first time in a while, the United States isn’t just economically stronger. It’s economically freer. How do we know? Check the just-released 2018 “Index of Economic … more
“Pay me now or pay me later, but pay me you will,” said the guy selling Fram oil filters in the 1970s TV commercials. I remembered those ads as I listened to the presenters at this year’s … more
Imagine a man serving a 20-year prison sentence. He’s told when to eat and what to wear, and he lacks the option of opening a door. He has little to no independence or free will. This man, like … more
Almost every household and shop has an apron or two. Our home has 27, each of which speaks volumes about our family’s history. The humble apron has been used for hundreds of years for one … more
A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the leaders of a Creativity Conference held in Orlando, a bit of which I talked about in last week’s column. My main workshop was one that combined my … more
FRANCIS WILKES On June 29, 1744, William Hurst of Edgecombe County, by a power of attorney from Richard Grandon on Sept. 17, 1742, which empowered his to sell 640 acres patented by the said … more
Sometimes, like a lot of you, I find myself perusing those Facebook yard sale groups in search of a good deal. I have found one or two things in the last few years including the car that I drive to … more
The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost … more
Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer has another good analysis of voter registration trends in North Carolina. This time, he notes that Millennials and Generation Z now make up … more
RALEIGH — Politicians in North Carolina and just about everywhere else in the United States seem fixated on attracting large companies to their states, often by any means necessary. This … more
While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs midwinter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress that many … more
Living in this oversensitive, social media-conscious, politically correct world that has been created by people who get upset over just about everything under the sun has meant many fundamental … more
I grew up and raised my family in Nash County in rural eastern North Carolina. Small towns and rural communities like mine offer special opportunities for so many families. I want them to … more
The Nashville Police Department’s Hope Initiative has just finished its second year. For those who are not aware of what the Hope Initiative is, let me give a quick recap. It is an Angel program … more
Should those receiving public benefits be required to do anything in return? It’s not a new question, but one that is resurfacing today. There is some historical precedence to the concept. In … more
RALEIGH — We finally have a court ruling in Gov. Roy Cooper’s legal battle with Republican legislators over North Carolina’s elections board, but it looks like the fight’s not over … more
Finally, we have heard the first State of the Union address from 45 and many cannot find anything to cheer about or be happy or optimistic about America’s future. The supposed unity speech was … more
“Uncertainly is swirling over whether the Census Bureau will be able to get an accurate population count for the 2020 census,” The Hill reports. The Department of Justice wants the bureau to ask … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina has become a national leader in implementing supply-side economics — but that doesn’t mean what you think it means. For some supporters and many critics, the term … more
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