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President Trump recently imposed sanctions on Turkey to protest the Turkish government’s detention of an American pastor. Turkey has responded by increasing tariffs on U.S. exports. The trade war … more
We have reached a point in time children and teenagers pretty much dread and adults are mostly on the fence. It’s a transitional time, especially here in this neck of the woods where the … more
The past week has been filled with one overarching story: the passing away of Sen. John McCain. I myself was filled with a sense of loss just last Saturday night as word hit me of his passing, … more
Now that school has started, we can look forward to passing by schools and seeing children playing on the playground, yelling and squealing and running around as children love to do. Do you … more
MARTIN THORN On Nov. 19, 1870, D.W. Barnes, who was married to Elizabeth Thorn, called daughter Elizabeth Barnes in the will of Martin Thorn, made petition and was given the administration of the … more
RALEIGH — Politicians tell people what they want to hear. Leaders tell people what they need to hear, even if they don’t want to listen. I don’t envy the challenge faced by Gov. Roy Cooper … more
“[A] political party which wishes to lead,” reads the preamble to the Democratic Party’s charter, “must listen to those it would lead, a party which asks for the people’s trust must prove … more
Students in Wilson County have started school, and while I’m a little sad to be an empty nester with no first day of school picture to post (my son respectfully declined my request), it has been … more
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a much-anticipated report on greenhouse gas emissions. It contains some great news. Between 2015 and 2016 — the last year measured — U.S. … more
In 1965, UNC student Al Ribak wrote a letter to the editors of the Daily Tar Heel entitled, “Silent Sam Should Leave.” Fifty-three years later, Silent Sam is gone — brought … more
Jonathan Jasper (Jack) Sullivan and wife Bertha Phillips Sullivan were married on Jan. 25, 1909 in the home of the bride at Route 1, Selma. He was 19 and she was 17. Jack was born May, 22, 1889 … more
Peripheral arterial disease develops when arteries become completely or partially blocked with plaque deposits that limit blood flow to legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries … more
Exploitation of people in North Carolina come in many forms — from forced labor to commercial sex — and it is with great disappointment that I must say the General Assembly has rescinded three … more
He is like the houseguest who stays too long, and then when he’s finally gone, you miss him a little bit. I am talking about Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial statue whose hundred-plus-year … more
North Carolina is about to undertake the greatest revolution in health care since the 1965 advent of Medicaid and Medicare. And yes, that includes Obamacare. North Carolina will soon become the … more
RALEIGH — As elementary and secondary schools open their doors across North Carolina for the 2018-19 academic year, the cumulative effects of some 20 years of school-choice initiatives are … more
Last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t come wrapped in shiny paper and a bow, but it might as well have. It’s like a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. First came the raises and … more
Gene Roddenberry is fairly widely known to have pulled a fast one on network censors during the late 1960s by addressing all kinds of pertinent issues of the times in his legacy future universe in … more
It’s been a few weeks since Cooper has been mentioned in this column and he has become rather perturbed. He was online the other day and discovered I had written a column about Hobbs, the cat from … more
Dear Students, Many of you have already started back to school; others will begin the new school year in a couple of days. Our community wants this year to be the best year you have ever … more
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