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I am American. I know where my grandparents were from, given that they either immigrated to America or were first-generation Americans. There is nothing exotic in my appearance to uncover, given that … more
Despite living in a small town that I have always considered to be one of the safest towns in America, my small hometown is not immune to violent crime and even people like my mother have started to … more
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American public servant with characteristics all too rare today — integrity, intelligence, wisdom. Moynihan was a Democrat who would find a hard time being at home … more
The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist … more
Most Americans have heard the complicated accounts of former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger who was recently convicted of mistakenly gunning down her neighbor. Guyger had testified that she’d just … more
What I can say is that this is an endlessly interesting psychotic rampage of violence, passion and guilt. more
RALEIGH — What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question in the same way. It’s hard to … more
In 2010, Panera Bread launched a nonprofit called Panera Cares, a set of stores around the U.S. operated on a “pay-what-you-can basis.” The underlying assumption was that customers of means would … more
RALEIGH — This column is not about Donald Trump. You’re welcome. While the deterioration of our public discourse preceded the 2016 election, political polarization is a defining characteristic … more
The outside of the envelope was printed in big bold type: “Do Not Destroy. Official Document.” Being one who generally follows rules, I wouldn’t dare destroy and couldn’t wait to open it. … more
“My teacher says we need to protect the whistleblowers,” my 7-year-old said. These kids, I thought. They know everything. My son talks about Donald Trump and politics casually with his … more
I recently stopped by a country store in Harnett County and listened to a group of farmers discuss the stress and hardship brought on by President Donald Trump’s trade wars with China. One … more
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