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editor’s note: I wrote this poem, equating racism to hate. At its base level, racism is hate. The hate I see is racism past and present that I’ve witnessed or learned about. The hate I feel, is … more
Nothing is more important in education than children learning to read. It is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master … more
RALEIGH — When State Treasurer Dale Folwell took office in early 2017, he found North Carolina’s state health plan to be in even worse shape than he originally thought. Costs were soaring. The … more
Campaign season brings out so many utterly ignorant statements. These seem to be New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stock in trade. Her most recent was a fallacy-filled Instagram … more
The bulk of those in my high school group of friends are a year older than I am. Recently, our group text thread was a robust conversation about whether they should attend their 20-year high school … more
The late historian and political philosopher Harry V. Jaffa noted the significance that the preamble to our Constitution concludes with the words “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and … more
After a long hot summer, I must say my old, tired bones have been watching the calendar pretty closely lately. While I may struggle to feel it when I step outside to load that lawn mower on a … more
The New York Times has begun a major initiative, the “1619 Project,” to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe American history so that slavery and … more
The North Carolina state budget, which was passed with bipartisan support, provides crucial investments in our region and across our great state. Yet, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed it simply because it does … more
When one listens carefully to policy debates these days, it is somewhat shocking how often death is introduced as a solution for human problems. Abortion comes to mind immediately. Actor and … more
In late June, I attended a three-hour training course at Fayetteville State University, my employer. The course was titled “Respectful Workplace Training” and it was presented by the Equal … more
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do? This seldom happens in most homes, but would you spend it? Save it? Or, with a government, would you … more
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