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“For my people standing, stirring, trying to fashion a better way from confusion and hypocrisy” and hate and all forms of undemocratic and un-American rhetoric, let a network and a news broadcast … more
The selection of Peter Hans to head the North Carolina Community College System was expected, especially after it became known that Gov. Roy Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro … more
RALEIGH — There is a familiar kind of political argument that goes something like this: “I know we are politically divided. I think that partisanship has its place — but surely there is no need … more
Dear Facebook, I know you’ve been under fire lately due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal (and the fact that your gobzillionaire CEO Mark Zukerberg is reacting like a 16-year-old who just got … more
The Final Four is over; now it’s time for the “final 20.” What sport is this, you say? It’s for the “Amazon Cup” — the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber … more
Get this: the average American can’t get through the day without cursing. So is the finding of a recent 9Round Kickbox Fitness survey, as reported in the New York Post. Why are Americans … more
One of Wilson’s treasures, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum, has gained attention and popularity in recent years. Located at the corner of Hines and Nash streets, the round stone … more
WILLIAM D. LUCAS William Daniel Lucas, son of William and Eveline Lucas, was born in 1845 a little west of Lucama, in what is now Wilson County. At the age of 17 he ran away from home and joined … more
It’s a running joke in our house that I like what is termed “yacht rock.” A few years ago, it was called “soft rock” and was pretty much what the middle-aged former listeners of harder rock … more
Twenty-three-month-old Alfie Evans passed away in a British hospital on Saturday. While the official cause of death was a degenerative brain disease, Alfie may have been murdered by the British … more
If North Carolina Democrats hoped — and North Carolina Republicans feared — that a Roy Cooper administration would represent a clean break from the administration of former Gov. Pat McCrory, both … more
After having exercised seven-plus years of relentless, “take no prisoners” rule and with pollsters and pundits forecasting a tough election year for the allies of Donald Trump, you’d think that … more
“This county is my heart and soul. I am here because I chose to be here. I’ve made my home here, raised my family here, and I’m going to make every effort to stay.” We heard this inspiring … more
Please allow me to handle this matter as gently and properly as possible so as not to upset, offend, disturb or otherwise rile up anyone lurking out there and hoping to come across something said or … more
RALEIGH — A lot of North Carolina voters might have forgotten there’s an election primary coming up on May 8. TV viewers have seen few, if any, campaign ads. Only a few races have drawn news … more
Many people have asked me how I’m feeling as I await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. My answer changes moment by moment … more
For some time, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing or even speaking on the soccer training issue that occurred in March. I truly hoped after the school system completed its investigation that we … more
RALEIGH — On the question of how North Carolina should select its judges, and especially the justices of the Supreme Court, the state’s political leaders expressed sharply divergent … more
Note to readers: 55 years after graduation, members of our high school class reunited to reminisce and renew friendships. I wrote this piece for our hometown newspaper and it got so much comment I … more
SEOUL, South Korea — Throughout my latest visit to Northeast Asia, I’ve met with many governmental officials, business leaders, academics and activists, and seen firsthand that the people of … more
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