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I’ve been reading through the Old Testament and what strikes me most about it is how many offerings or sacrifices the Israelites made to God. These sacrifices fell into five categories: burnt … more
New Year’s Eve at our house was quiet, with no plans to do anything but to go to bed and wake up in a new year. Unfortunately, it looks like 2019 is going to be anything but quiet, if 2018 was any … more
Now that the dust has settled on another Christmas season, let’s review some aspects of the gift-buying and gift-giving process strictly from an economic standpoint with the help of Wikipedia and a … more
To all the happily normal people who regularly read my column: I appreciate you, but this week’s words are not meant for you. I’ll be back next week with a more inclusive message. Waits for … more
So, we’re almost done with 2018. Was it a good year for you, or did life not go like you had planned? Some of us will be tempted to hang on to the events of the past, maybe dwelling on hurts or … more
RALEIGH — There has always been a robust political debate between advocates of free trade and advocates of manipulating the terms of trade to protect special interests. But the partisan … more
I finally decorated the exterior of my house. We’re so far into December now, I considered not doing it at all. But I like driving up to my house at night and seeing the pretty lights hanging … more
Christmas is finally over. After the many church services, holiday parties, town-wide celebrations and parades, and the final family dinners and exchange of presents on Christmas, all that remains … 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
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
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