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As another dreaded Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone, I must admit I avoided watching once again just as I have done for the past couple of decades. Thus, I was able to ignore all the … more
In 2016 Denzel Washington produced, directed and starred in a movie entitled “Fences” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name written by August Wilson. It is a period-based … more
The latest Elon University poll contains disturbing — but not surprising — results. More people know the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers than the names of either of our U.S. … more
RALEIGH — The #MeToo movement has hit North Carolina’s legislature — a place that’s so far ill-equipped to handle sexual harassment allegations against powerful lawmakers. Democratic Party … more
Billy Graham’s death and memorial service brought back memories of a column I wrote about North Carolina’s “public intellectuals” 16 years ago. I had noticed a book by Richard A. Posner … more
RALEIGH — After years of trying but failing to block the implementation of conservative policies in Raleigh, the state’s progressive movement has a new rhetorical theme: North Carolina’s recent … more
On the day we set aside to express our love and affection for ones we love and zero in on that very special one, we were apprised by a tragedy of another shooter who took the lives of 17 innocent … more
This is meant to offer a perspective that many have not considered. So, I’m just gonna say it: Arming teachers is asking them to be afraid. And that danger will be borne disproportionately by black … more
In late February, Venezuela’s government began accepting presidential candidate registrations and announced a snap legislative election for April. The country’s opposition denounces the process … more
Sometimes a United States Supreme Court opinion can be so dry and narrow as to be just about unreadable. Particularly when the subject concerns the inner mechanics and definitions used by … more
President Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week. Nothing new there. I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep … more
Dear Readers, These days we hear about turmoil and violence in our beloved America. Our hearts ache with news about things we cannot understand and about things that seem to erode the landscape of … more
WINSTEAD’S RESERVOIR On July 26, 1957, George Redmond and Mary E. Winstead, Benjamin Paschal and Pattie W. Winstead, Mrs. Margaret W. Barnes, Mrs. Mattie Elizabeth W. Moore and Mrs. Theresa … more
The other day, I had realized I had lost a button on the sleeve of my navy blazer. I know how to sew one on, so I asked my wife if she could get me a button. She told me she would check and see if … more
“Black Panther,” the Marvel movie, is an absolute hit even as I write this during the first week of its release. By the time this article shows up in the paper, there will have been a number … more
In the wake of last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, new heroes have emerged. They are the young men and women who survived and have made their horrifying experience a defining moment in … more
The recently passed big-spending budget deal’s failure to generate significant opposition from the “tea party” has led some to pen obituaries for this once-powerful movement. These commentators … more
RALEIGH — Before the advent of the automobile — and thus before the advent of car and gas taxes to fund surface transportation — North Carolina and other states had public roads. They were … more
It’s been exactly a decade since William F. Buckley Jr. died. Yet, surveying the ideological landscape, it feels more like a century. Watch an episode of his program “Firing Line,” and … more
While changing TV channels recently trying to find something worth watching, I came upon a panel of so-called experts discussing violence in sports, centering mainly on football and how the sport … more
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