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Remember when global warming meant the planet was supposed to, well, warm up? Temperatures would rise, and all manner of ecological calamity would ensue? Me too. So it was surprising to find … more
While sitting at home during inclement weather, I repelled cabin fever by reading books and interesting information on social media. I do not read comments to letters to the editor and the comments … more
Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off the New Year by reversing the Obama-era guidance for federal prosecutors to limit their enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized … more
If Charles Robert Jenkins were still around, we could ask him about how to best deal with North Korea. Jenkins, in case you don’t remember, was the soldier from Rich Square, North Carolina, who … more
RALEIGH — “Possum out: Famous New Year’s event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent” was the lead headline in last week’s Cherokee Scout, North Carolina’s westernmost … more
RALEIGH — I think the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper favors the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project connecting natural-gas generation in West Virginia to natural-gas … more
Two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, a former contestant on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” sued him for defamation. At issue was his public response to her allegations of … more
In early 2012, I was traveling around the state meeting with pastors as part of Vote for Marriage NC. On May 8, 2012, North Carolinians voted to protect traditional marriage with a 61 percent … more
January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for … more
As the New Year unfolds there are at least a dozen leaders likely to play a big role in public policy issues in 2018. In order to avoid criticism for any partiality, we listed them in alphabetical … more
ANDREW J. BAREFOOT Andrew J. Barefoot made his will in Wilson County on Sept. 15, 1873, and it was probated on Sept. 22, 1873: (1) wife Zilpha, use of a third of 500 acres south of Contentnea … more
The other day was my birthday. Instead of the usual ice cream and cake, I had a headache, chills and a low-grade fever. I didn’t mind, really. When your birthday is on a holiday, you get used to … more
I had thought this week’s column would be a reflection on my recent trip to London following Christmas or a precursor to the Creativity Conference that I’m helping lead in two weeks in Orlando. … more
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” observed Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero’s observation is debatable, of course, but it does have merits in our family. We … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has finished his first year in office — a year full of the fireworks that are common in a divided state government. Cooper and Republican legislative leaders have … more
Are you thinking about getting in shape for 2018? Getting healthier is a great resolution to make, and fitness studios and gyms always see higher enrollment at the beginning of the year. But be … more
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed “tax reform” package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is “leaving us broke.” “How,” he wonders, “are we … more
My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something. You see, my father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when paperboys stood on city corners and shouted … more
RALEIGH — While 2017 was a good and productive year for many public and private institutions in North Carolina, it was a tragic year for our prison system. Five staffers were killed by inmates, … more
Happy New Year! We always approach a new year with anticipation, hope and also some worries. Last year was one of the strangest political years I have seen in some time. A new Republican president … more
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