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Recently, when I made one of my regular tours of our back yard to observe the season’s gifts of flowering plants, I lingered at each plant to observe its unique design, color and fragrance. I … more
A few weeks ago, my glasses broke. I didn’t break them, they just kinda broke themselves. One of the earpieces came off the little peg it rests on and connects to the frame. My wife and I tried … more
The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is only a little over a week away from today. I made a commitment to write a weekly column about the meaning of this … more
The late Harry G. Summers Jr., colonel of infantry and distinguished faculty member of the Army War College, often called people’s attention to the fact that considerable differences in the … more
No one disputes that the regime in Iran is dangerous, and everyone wants to find a way to stop its destructive behavior in the Middle East and beyond. The choice to “decertify” the Iran Deal, … more
BURLINGTON — Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schools, and this share will probably grow to a quarter or … more
A series of recent polls show a surly electorate in North Carolina. They don’t like Donald Trump and they think the country is heading in the wrong direction. That’s bad news for incumbents, the … more
Some have begun to inquire as to how I have come to the myriad of insight and wisdom that I have been able to share in the few columns that I have written for the Times thus far. Actually, no one … more
It seems odd that after almost nine months in the White House, the Trump administration is sinking to an even lower ebb. Every issue is still an issue, each one gone from bad to worse, … more
College students are fighting an uphill battle when defending themselves against accusations. Today, students accused of misconduct are subjected to long and invasive investigations without the … more
RALEIGH — If the rules for Raleigh’s municipal elections had applied to last year’s governor’s race, Pat McCrory would have had the power to send voters back to the polls in December. It … more
Is the Rev. William Barber, leader of North Carolina’s Moral Monday protests, going to take the movement to the rest of the country? Beginning in 2013, the Goldsboro minister has led … more
ROCKY MOUNT — State Sen. Rick Horner can quip with the best of them.  During a recent debate about school construction needs in North Carolina, the Wilson County lawmaker and former … more
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