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In most professions, the more education you receive, the greater your expertise. The reverse appears true in the field of education, where additional years of schooling and advanced degrees increase … more
North Carolina is facing an education crisis. The dilemma is easily understood, but not so easy to resolve: How to educate students in a pandemic?  We saw what happened when our universities … more
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a memo waiving certain compliance requirements for energy firms in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. A group of House Democrats falsely claimed the … more
RALEIGH — I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments and … more
If there was any doubt that President Trump is completely, almost criminally irresponsible in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, events last week completely erased it. Most Americans have long … more
As I walked my dog last night, I heard the rumble of thunder in the distance and saw lightning flashes. Growing up, whenever we heard thunder and it came nearer, Daddy would have everyone come … more
In an America bitterly divided over protests and politics, the least familiar part of our Constitution’s First Amendment may be the most endangered: the right to peacefully protest. That … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state government began its 2020-21 fiscal year with $1.5 billion in cash left over from last year plus another $1.8 billion in rainy-day funds and other … more
I hope the statute of limitations has run out on any of my violations of the Hatch Act and campaign contribution limits during the unconventional warfare exercises in the North Carolina Sandhills in … more
President Donald Trump’s critics are branding him a bigot again. This time, they’re crying wolf.  At Trump’s behest, the Office of Management and Budget told federal … more
Democrats are haunted this year by election ghosts. They’re suffering a form of PTSD — Past-Tuesdays Stress Disorder. They’re haunted by 1968: “The riots and protests will … more
RALEIGH — Most North Carolina schoolchildren began this academic year trying to learn from home rather than at school. How’s it going so far? Set aside the blame game and partisan … more
I always tell students and folks at my presentations to watch the Federal Reserve.  While the president and Congress get most of the attention in Washington, the Federal Reserve also wields … more
I found a bright, shiny piece of red glass the other day and, on impulse, dug it out of the dirt. Remember looking all over the ground for a different shaped rock or piece of glass to use when … more
My breath caught and my eyes watered a bit in tearful fury on Friday when I read an article in The Atlantic magazine that reported President Donald Trump privately called American military men and … more
A census taker came to my door last week. It seemed strange since I had submitted my “count” online. We spoke for a bit and we got around to talking of reviving Spring Hope. I even got an … more
RALEIGH — You surely recognize the name Frederick Douglass and know the major role he played in American history after escaping his enslavement in Maryland in 1838. You may even know that the … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to … more
There’s been a lot of talk these days about the COVID-19 pandemic and its human casualties. It is a very serious subject and I am not here to make light of it.  To do so would be … more
North Carolina and our nation have a crisis more critical than the pandemic. It is a moral crisis — the crisis of racism. I went to segregated public schools and can remember the Pitt County … more
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