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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
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
How many tongues do we have? If we’re talking about the muscle in our mouth that allows us to speak, then, of course, each of us owns only one, but that one’s very important. The Bible talks a … more
RALEIGH — Health care costs too much. Are we agreed? Great. Perhaps now we can discuss the more interesting question of what policymakers should do about the problem. There are dozens of … more
Last week’s announcement that the Mueller report had finally been completed meant no more waiting and suspense, but it doesn’t mean President Trump’s problems are ended or the mysteries … more
Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
My eye doctor had long told me I had cataracts that were making my vision unable to be improved by glasses and were, in addition, slowly making my vision even worse as my natural lenses became more … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
RALEIGH — Did you know that manufacturing employment in North Carolina has gone up more than 10 percent since 2010? I didn’t either, until I took a recent dive into economic statistics. In … more
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