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RALEIGH — When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem as big and getting worse tend to attract more … more
There’s one question I can almost always count on being asked at the scores of public presentations I give each year about the economy. The question is: What are we going to do about the national … more
Nearly two weeks ago, Gov. Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders offered a balanced compromise proposal to break through the current state budget impasse. The offer would close the health care coverage … more
My wife and I just got back from the supermarket a little while ago and for most of the way home, we could not stop talking about a woman we met at the bakery counter. She was an elderly woman … more
July 20 is an important date for me. It is the date that launched my ministry some 28 years ago, as I was ordained at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goldsboro. It was an auspicious beginning to … more
Those of us who have had grandparents who were a positive and strong influence on our lives are fortunate people. My husband, Fred, frequently shares stories about the influence his grandparents … more
In the fall issue of Trend and Tradition magazine, Mitchell Reiss, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s president and CEO, challenged readers to suggest changes to the U.S. Constitution — … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state government entered its 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1 without a new state budget in place. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led legislature haven’t … more
A few years ago, I wrote a column about Malala Yousafzai, around the time the young Pakistani activist was shot in the head by the Taliban. She was targeted for death simply because she wanted to … more
We have experienced a decade of economic growth and the big questions many are asking is whether this growth will continue or if there will be a recession in our future. Matthew Martin, the … more
The only person who ever expected me to be perfect is me, and in order to restore peace and sanity in my life, that had to change. It started early for me. I would make a 95 on an assignment, and … more
Research indicates that stress has a strong link with overall health and wellbeing. Prolonged stress is known to cause anxiety, depression, panic attacks, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. … more
It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, … more
Last fall, Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed on a new trade deal to update and replace NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, … more
For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on … more
One of Wilson’s hotels near Interstate 95 recently got an overhaul with a new name and massive renovations. “The carpet was taken out, so we have new wood floors and furniture,” said … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the North Carolina General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to … more
The interstates, bridges, roadways, rest areas and truck stops are a trucker’s office. However, some of these offices have closed. Others are in disrepair or just dangerous. Trucks you see each day … more
North Carolina does not yet have a state budget for fiscal year 2019-20, but unlike with the federal government, there is no government shutdown. State law allows operations to continue to be funded … more
The nation’s outrage over Jeffrey Epstein’s terrible crimes have reached a fever pitch — leading to the resignation of Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, trending hashtags and story after story of … more
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