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This month marks the half-century of one of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs. It’s not the War on Poverty, Medicaid or the Voting Rights Act. It’s public broadcasting. … more
Every two months, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to fill dumpsters, lined back to back, across the entire length of Interstate 40. Our 10 million residents generate some 12 million tons of … more
As President Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a … more
If I were a betting man, and sometimes I am, I would bet that most of you know someone with one of these. Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes it’s little. Sometimes it rears its head at the worst … more
With Thanksgiving a few days away, most families have settled on a place to gather and to celebrate one of our most popular holidays. Many who are orchestrating the Thanksgiving feast in their … more
Shutting down the U.S. Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of … more
Monday morning, around 1 a.m., my husband woke up in severe pain. He knew what this was. By 1:15, we were in the car on our way to the ER. Kidney stones. They’re not life-threatening, and … more
I attended a forum in Wilson last week that talked about how fiber is transforming their city. They talked about how they are trying a new model for economic development. The traditional economic … more
RALEIGH — I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him. The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter and host of the “McLaughlin Group” public-television … more
A couple of years ago, my wife had the enormous joy and fortune of purchasing for herself, I mean us, a brand-new, front-loading washing machine with matching dryer. She was so excited when they … more
RALEIGH — An unusually contentious season of municipal elections has come to an end, and 2018 races for legislature and Congress are already well underway in North Carolina. Nationally, Election … more
North Carolina is not Virginia. And 2017 is not 2018 or 2020. But North Carolina Democrats and Republicans still watched what happened in our neighboring state’s elections last week for clues … more
It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious conservatives and the bane of civil libertarians. The … more
These off-year elections and the many special elections to fill vacancies created by citizens who are asked by the president to serve in his cabinet or on his staff have kept the nation focused on … more
RALEIGH — I’m a conservative without a conversion story. Plenty of others have such a tale — they read a certain book, had a certain teacher or somehow became disenchanted with their … more
That loud sound you heard last Tuesday night was Republicans in North Carolina gulping nervously as the election returns from across the state and across the country came in. In virtually every … more
Will someone please throw an ocean of ice water on the Pelosi-Schumer-MSM axis of evil? Their ecstasy over the results in Virginia’s election returns Tuesday night shows how desperate the … more
Tourism is a major revenue generator in North Carolina, creating more than 200,000 jobs and contributing almost $23 billion to our economy. Our No. 1 tourist attraction is the Biltmore Estate in … more
North Carolina House Bill 56 got a lot of press earlier this fall when the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation. But most of the discussion was about GenX, an industrial … more
My congregation was robbed at gunpoint during a Christmas Eve candlelight service. This was in the early 1990s in Fayetteville at the first congregation I served. A man entered our church … more
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