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I have “joy” on both sides of my front porch, engraved in big red letters on Christmas pillows perched on a bench and swing. After all, Christmas is a time we associate with great joy, be it … more
Major upheavals in human history sometimes begin with small steps, steps so small we do not see them when they happen. And most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves so caught up in … more
RALEIGH — While the term “whataboutism” may be relatively new — coined within the last few decades, and newly prominent in the age of Donald Trump — the logical fallacy it denotes is as … more
The minute I walked into the store, I knew I was in for an old-timey treat. Manning Bros. Hardware is a step back in time in downtown Middlesex. Run by Henry and Helen Manning, the store is … more
“Believe” is a word I’ve seen on Christmas items such as pillows. But believe what? Believe in a jolly, fat old man in a red and white suit who delivers presents to all the good little boys and … more
The importance of election integrity has been highlighted by this year’s midterm elections, not only in the closeness of many races where each vote makes a difference, but also in the weaknesses … more
‘Tis the season for Christmas parades in the area, and I get to cover a few of them as a reporter. It’s usually an easy, fun gig. People are happy and excited to see their friends and loved … more
Are you familiar with the Dr. Seuss story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”? If you aren’t, then here’s a brief summary: The Grinch, a green hairy creature, lives on a mountain above the … more
The death of former President George H.W. Bush on Friday and the pomp and sad circumstance of his funeral this week brought out many fond memories and a mountain of praise for the 94-year-old … more
As I write this, I have no idea where my family will eat Christmas dinner. At least 25 of us usually gather at someone’s house, but we have yet to finalize the arrangements. I’m sure we’ll … more
RALEIGH — How should we respond to the urban-rural divide? The question has legions of politicians, scholars, journalists and businesses scrambling for answers. I respect their efforts. But I … more
RALEIGH — So far this year, North Carolina’s state budget is running a surplus. There’s nothing new about that — robust economic growth and fiscal restraint have produced a series of healthy … more
My wife likes to remind me, whenever I do or say something she considers wrong, that “what I choose to believe doesn’t change reality.” That’s certainly true and of course she’s usually … more
Company’s coming! As my mother used to say, it’s time “to put the big pot in the little pot.” That means to do a lot of cooking. And cleaning. And in this season, decorating for Christmas. … more
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a very important national holiday. Not only do we get to enjoy a big family meal, if we’re lucky to have family, or food, it’s the official start of the Christmas … more
I was surprised when I read in the Greenville paper that Thanksgiving meals were served to the needy last week. Thanksgiving meals? Why, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, I thought. But, as I think … more
RALEIGH — When it comes to giving parents more control over where their children attend elementary and secondary school, North Carolina has become a national leader. Now that Republicans no longer … more
One thing about history is that it gets old after awhile, especially when it seems to repeat itself — such as Florida’s continued inability to count votes competently and quickly. Anybody old … more
Earlier this week we celebrated Veterans Day and at the end of last month through this week, we celebrated All Saints Day. I say this week because I watched a live All Saints Day service on … more
RALEIGH — Democrats achieved significant victories this year in the “inner suburbs” of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and North Carolina’s other major cities — tossing out GOP incumbents in … more
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