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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
Big changes are coming next season for the avid waterfowl hunters. However, we don’t know quite what those changes are just yet. Or do we? I’ve often said duck hunting is one of the more … more
By the time you read this message, the elections will be over. Thank goodness. I think we’re all tired of political phone calls, fliers, rallies and even sermons by television preachers. … more
The best part of this week is that the midterm elections are over, regardless of which party is celebrating or mourning the results. For at least a few days, Americans can enjoy life beyond — and … more
A little more than 20 years ago, a Danish-Norwegian group named Aqua released the single “Barbie Girl.” The lyrics were pretty scandalous, but I was striking out on my own as a college freshman, … more
RALEIGH — As I write, the results of the 2018 midterm elections are not yet known. By the time some readers see this, it’s possible that the long-predicted blue wave will have washed away GOP … more
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