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RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It simply means that our … more
We are buffet people — at least my dad’s side of the family. Having grown up with little money and seemingly never quite enough to eat, my dad considers buffets the only kind of dining experience … more
I have to say it’s been a pretty slow news week in America when our national media spends time obsessing over President Trump’s stated interest in the purchase of the island of Greenland. For … more
It perplexes me why anyone would question the perfectly logical move by Israel to deny Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry to the country. Who invites guests whose motive is to destroy their … more
For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, … more
There’s a phrase which is pretty much generic to all jobs — “Taking one for the team” ­­— which can mean a plethora of things depending on what profession it’s related to and … more
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Humility — like the darkness — reveals the heavenly lights.” That may have been exhibited by the Fort Fisher hermit, Robert Harrill. Since my last … more
If the news is any indication, Democrats and the progressive left generally have virtually nothing left in their political arsenal except for claims that their opponents are “racists” and … more
Last week, we ordered our groceries online and picked them up at the store. We wanted to try the service because it doesn’t cost anything extra to have someone collect our food and bring it out to … more
This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath. In our version, David is played by State Treasurer Dale Folwell. The Philistine giant Goliath represents the large … more
RALEIGH — The political temptation to protect “domestic” industries from “foreign” competition is strong, persistent and understandable. But for the vast majority of North Carolina workers, … more
RALEIGH — Duke Energy can’t win. Well, perhaps I should clarify that. Duke is a gigantic company with lots of institutional and political heft. It wins plenty of battles. But when it comes to … more
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