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RALEIGH — Many political pollsters took it on the chin in 2016. Their surveys proved to be wildly off in the presidential race, among others. So as the 2018 midterms approach, will we all stop … more
There is no good time to have a flat tire. Regardless of when they occur, flat tires are almost always at the most inconvenient times. No one has ever uttered and really meant the words, … more
You did not get to a parade or service on Memorial Day. You can’t get to the Normandy beaches this week for the anniversary of D-Day. You are feeling a need to be in touch with the sacrifices … more
RALEIGH — Thank you for your generous donation to the Moravian Church’s mountain retreat and conference center. Sure, odds are you’ve never visited this facility in Ashe County, and you … more
What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session?  Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session adjournment resolution. Important … more
RALEIGH — The recent legislative adjustments to North Carolina’s 2018-19 state budget produced two main political controversies that we’ll hear more about as we move through the campaign season … more
“The road is long, With many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where Who knows where…” … more
So, in last week’s column, I explained how “Avengers: Infinity War” can be viewed as a singular, stand-alone, self-contained conclusion to a decade of Marvel cinematic movies. (SPOILER ALERT … more
Today’s older citizens who grew up in the country had three full months of summer vacation. All of June, July and August were just good old summertime, those glorious days when school was a thing … more
PENDER’S BIRTHPLACE In 1834, Maj. Gen. William Dorsey Pender, C.S.A., was born in a house no longer standing on the right side of the road four-tenths of a mile north of Pender’s Crossroads, … more
We get a lot of magazines in the mail and some of them are those car magazines that guys used to get all the time but now only can be found on the coffee table at your local auto repair shop. They … more
How do you identify yourself? You might begin by stating whether you’re male or female, or the age group you are in. Or you might identify by race, sex, religion, where you live or your … more
There are a lot of important statistics that confirm just how out of whack the U.S. economy has grown during this modern Gilded Age we currently inhabit, but two factoids from a recent CNN … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats have never opposed lowering taxes on big business. You may hear a lot of rhetoric to the contrary during the election cycle. Here’s why, to borrow a phrase, you … more
Can the experience of world-renowned musician and North Carolina native Joseph Robinson contribute to North Carolina’s ongoing dialogue about the purpose and value of higher education? You be … more
“Fill ‘er up, please, and check the oil and water.” Regardless of your age, you probably haven’t heard that statement in quite a while, at least not in the context as it was used during … more
Two decades ago I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. … more
What in the world has happened and is happening to values we once truly called American? Apologizing is an American value taught from bottom to top of every American cultural strata. Apologizing … more
RALEIGH — By the time you see how legislators want to spend your tax dollars, it will be too late to offer any feedback on the budget plan. That’s because — for the first time in anyone’s … more
RALEIGH — In North Carolina and across the country, rank-and-file Democrats are counting on a big blue wave to wash over congressional, legislative and local elections this year, as well as over … more
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