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Return To Ellis Island

Note to readers: With all the recent activity regarding immigration we decided to repeat the column we wrote following a visit to Ellis Island, New York in 2011. It is relevant today. Standing in … more


RALEIGH — In the long-running dispute between State School Superintendent Mark Johnson, a Republican elected in 2016, and the State Board of Education, which currently has a majority of Republican … more

‘Hi, Hungry. I’m Fred’

Today, the day after Father’s Day, I feel the need to reflect upon the memories of my maternal grandfather. Sadly, he passed away when I was a child. But he made an impression on me, impacting … more

Excellence Is The Best Defense

Corporate bosses are increasingly judged not just on the financial performance of their organizations, but on the political correctness of their actions. They are expected to conform with a … more

N.C.’s Pork Industry Feeds Us, Provides Jobs

North Carolina’s pork industry has been in the news a lot lately, but not in a way that tells the true story of its contributions to our economy. While the industry has drawn attention as the … more

Entitlements: Why Can’t We Fix Them?

Each year, the trustees of Social Security and Medicare issue their report delivering the news, invariably dismal, about the financial condition of the nation’s two largest entitlement … more

Memories Of Summer

For most people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Not me, and I’m being a Scrooge. Summertime to me is the best time, bar none. It has everything a man or boy could want. It has … more


In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. … more

Fake News Distorts Political Debates

RALEIGH — While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, … more

No Pardon For Partisan Hypocrisy

Quick, grab the smelling salts and clear the fainting couches. President Trump’s pardon of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza violently triggered Beltway media elites. It’s peanut butter, … more

Summit Will Put Trump In History Books

Since I began once again writing this column more than a year ago I have made a point to stay out of politics. . . . However, the historic summit in Singapore this week has encouraged me to briefly cross that line. more

New Judges Same As The Old

While legal pundits are busy analyzing the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission handed down last Monday, we mustn’t ignore what the truly important judges decided last week. more
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