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Have you noticed that the weather affects how your body feels? I don’t even have to peer out the window to know it’s raining outside. Instead, my joints and my spine call out, “rain, rain” … more
Sixteen states celebrated Presidents Day on Monday by filing lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a “national emergency” on Saturday to justify spending up to $8 billion on … more
RALEIGH — Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, … more
RALEIGH — If the most important factor determining the welfare of workers is the growth rate of the economy, that has policy implications that free-market conservatives, among others, will … more
One of the biggest temptations, and traps, for historians and apparently politicians is for them to judge one time period as though it were now, not to understand but to condemn it. North Carolina … more
Putting down Valentine’s Day is common these days. People say things like, “Oh, it’s just another occasion when the Hallmark-card people want us to spend money on their expensive cards” or … more
Sometimes “you have to start a thing.” Lillian Exum Clement said these words after being elected as the first woman in the state General Assembly, or any Southern legislature, in 1920. This … more
If you’re like many people, then you watched the Super Bowl last Sunday night. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch football. But, it’s been said that football, not … more
I was late getting a smartphone, quite content with my small flip phone for calls and a pocket-sized iTouch for emails and entertainment. But when both crashed about the same time, I realized that an … more
RALEIGH — I am a fiscal conservative. I recognize that government at all levels has important tasks to do, tasks that make us all better off if done at a reasonable cost. I think the list of such … more
RALEIGH — The single most important issue during every legislative session is the approval or revision of North Carolina’s state budget. For the 2019-20 session about to get underway, the … more
Few things are as important to good local government, or as dry, as zoning. But zoning decisions can also stir passions and make citizens, rightly or wrongly, as mad as fire. That’s why it is so … more
My name is LaMonique, and I’m a Girl Scout cookie addict. My main cookie dealer is about 10 years old, and her mom knows that I’m an easy target. I don’t believe I’ve ever denied a Girl … more
I’ve noticed that I don’t see as well lately. It’s amazing what that does to my perception of the church world. In a recent church newsletter, I read the following information: “recycle … more
RALEIGH — The promise of “Medicare for All” polls well. But if Democrats endorse the concept in large numbers, and make it or some other large-scale expansion of government health plans a … more
When husband John and I were shopping in a large department store recently, I looked around to see if I could find someone to help us. John wanted a certain type of men’s denim pants, but all we … more
I was sitting in a doctor’s chair Monday in Rocky Mount, chatting with the doctor about the peculiarities of federal regulation on drug prices, when his assistant mock-wailed, “I just want to buy … more
The letter I shared last week from Dr. Otis Lowry was a brief look at the glory days of Spring Hope’s business community, a nostalgic listing of old businesses and industries now gone. Some of … more
RALEIGH — Milton Friedman once observed that “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” To be sure, spending bills or regulations initially sold as limited responses to … more
When I was looking through my old address book recently, I realized it had to go. I’d marked through all the names of friends and family who had died, and I’d tried to keep up with the address … more
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