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While meatless burgers might be fine for some, I just don’t think they’re for me. I’ve never been a fan of meat substitutes of any kind, so I didn’t get excited when several fast-food … more
The 2019 long session ended last week with the legislature postponing a vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. Republican lawmakers remain unwilling to negotiate with Governor … more
RALEIGH — Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And … more
I have taught economic principles and lessons for more than 40 years. My hope has been for students and others to use these concepts in making better decisions for their personal and financial goals. … more
Did you know that Wilson Community College has a program that will prepare you for a job in advanced manufacturing in as little as seven weeks? The Advanced Manufacturing Institute, or AMI, … more
This week, thousands of pro-life teenagers will converge on the nation’s capital to rally in support of the unborn at the 47th annual March for Life. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable … more
This week I would like to offer up to you a wonderful invitation, a pointed synopsis and critique and an unexpected revelation — all of which, taken together, will make sense. The invitation is … more
Once in a while a person of humble beginnings, a person who was not educated at a fine college or university, a hardworking farm person, an ordinary citizen, rises to international fame through a … more
Recent news stories about a deadly vaping illness have reminded me of how much tobacco intertwined with my newspaper career. I edited newspapers in Wilson and Danville, Virginia, cities dependent … more
Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes. North Carolina politics will change dramatically by the end of the decade. Gary … more
RALEIGH — Garbage in, garbage out. This rule of thumb applies to every field of human behavior — very much including politics. For example, our political conversation about poverty is based on a … more
Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it. Nepotism, says Dictionary.com, is “patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family … more
Many of those old days as a child in Wilson still haunt me. The ghosts still linger. When we celebrate this special day coming on Monday, it always seems fitting that we do so in the winter with a … more
We learn a lot from our mistakes. I found myself in a predicament this week on my way to work. An accident at the intersection of a two-lane country road caused a bit of a traffic jam. Having … more
On Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren released a “Plan to Cancel Student Debt on Day One of My Presidency.” Warren would use the U.S. Department of Education’s “broad legal authority” to cancel up … more
Throughout 2019, few observers thought Bernie Sanders had a real chance to win the Democratic nomination. The media treated him more like a gadfly than a serious contender. Then 2020 dawned, and … more
“I don’t think the U.S. should be in the business of assassinating foreign leaders.” This was not me talking about last week’s controversial take-out by the U.S. of Iranian Gen. Qassem … more
Regardless of age or attention span, we all lose or misplace things, some of us more often than others. I lose things almost daily, like my glasses, cellphone, wallet, car keys and pens, and I … more
“Prudence,” wrote the British statesman Edmund Burke, “is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director, the regulator, the standard of them all.” … more
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