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Let’s take a break from politics and talk about the weather. Fall began Wednesday, which means 90-degree days are behind us. We’ll soon don sweaters and rake leaves. And people will … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy has enjoyed a substantial recovery from the depths of the COVID-19 downturn. Most businesses are back up and operating. So are schools and universities. … more
Last week, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas arrived at the University of Notre Dame to speak about the Declaration of Independence. Speaking invitations like this that Thomas … more
Every columnist keeps a “clip file” — articles, stories or ideas from which to write future pieces. Sometimes that file becomes so full it’s hard to choose just one topic on … more
As I drive down Main Street in Benson, I am reminded of the exciting adventures I once had there as a child. Some would say the pace of the place was about as stimulating as watching moss grow. … more
RALEIGH — The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent regulations shuttered many businesses for months, closed others for … more
Words have no meaning; they are malleable and subject to change at the whim of the powerful. Today, Black people could be called “white supremacists,” Jews could be called … more
I think we can all agree that rural North Carolina needs better access to broadband internet. Recently, we have seen commercials and media from cable companies blaming the lack of rural broadband … more
There’s no sugarcoating it: More that 50 percent of North Carolina’s school children failed to achieve grade-level expectations last year. Test scores released earlier this month … more
In 1983, Tom Cruise starred in the film “Risky Business.” It’s about wealthy parents in Chicago who go on vacation and leave the house under the stewardship of their high school-age … more
THUMBS DOWN Harvard University for naming an atheist as its new head chaplain. A chaplain who doesn’t believe in God is about as useful as a butcher who doesn’t believe in … more
RALEIGH — Do the ends justify the means? Not when it comes to the operation of government. Constitutional republics, in particular, are based on precisely the opposite formulation: the means … more
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