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After two episodes of snow and temperatures plunging into single digits so far this winter, many people around our area of the state would like to see winter over as soon as possible. But winter … more
There are times when I walk into a room for something and instantly forget why I went into the room and what I went in the room for. It has happened to all of us. For some of us of certain ages, … more
Few things could be more American than volunteering to help others. So it’s a shame when our altruism is thwarted by another, far more lamentable American trait: big government. Juan Carlos … more
RALEIGH — On Jan. 13, thousands of pro-life North Carolinians rallied in Raleigh to express their opposition to abortion. A week later, thousands rallied in Raleigh and other North Carolina cities … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina came up short again this month in its long-running quest to lure an automaker, but state leaders now have another economic development whale to hunt: Amazon has Raleigh on … more
Here is a New Year’s resolution you should have made: During the upcoming Black History Month I will read at least one book that helps me better understand the challenges African-American people … more
I joined tens of thousands of my fellow Americans in the 2018 March for Life. I march for many reasons. I march because one-third of my generation has been silenced, their voices snuffed out … more
On the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States of  America, many people may be wondering if the era of safe and legal … more
Seventh- and eighth-graders at Elm City Middle School can experience yellow fever without the aches, pains and potentially deadly consequences of the mosquito-borne virus. An interactive study of … more
Although we can’t say how long humans have inhabited the earth, it’s safe to say man has been around in some form or another for thousands of years. Moreover, it’s also a good bet the world … more
RALEIGH — If you recently read or heard about North Carolina ranking 40th in “education” and found that rank plausible, I thank you for keeping up with the news. If you saw that story and found … more
What could possibly be more important than knowing that the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink is safe? Public safety is one of the major functions of government. That said, the … more
The United States Treasury is now bumping up against the “debt ceiling.” This debt ceiling is to the government like the credit card limit is to your dreams of really furnishing your man … more
On Jan. 17, Gene Nichol stood at a podium at the First African Baptist Church in Goldsboro, cleared his throat and told an expectant community what it already knew, that its city was “uniquely … more
The second worst thing about federal government “shutdowns” is that they’re almost entirely meaningless theatrical productions — tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying … more
The time has come where I have to bid farewell to a beloved member of the family. A member who has been there through good and bad, thick and thin, and everything in between. A family member who has … more
looking backward JOnathan Dew Jonathan Dew, son of John Dew and wife Sarah Thomas, was born in Edgecombe County on June 21, 1787, and died on Dec. 27, 1818. His first wife was Martha … more
Many of us have a few vivid memories about things that happened during our school days. One such incident occurred when some of my friends and I were in the second grade, an incident that we talked … more
“Why are we having all these people from s---ole countries come here?” President Donald Trump allegedly asked during an Oval Office meeting, further musing that the U.S. should try to strike a … more
RALEIGH — If energy companies respond to the Interior Department’s recently announced process for pursuing oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast, it is likely that residents or … more
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