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“American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan,” … more
Where do you go to take a vacation from a vacation? After almost four months of enforced idleness and vastly limited options of what to do and where to go, that’s not all that odd a question with … more
This morning as I sat in my lazy-girl-recliner, the sun shined through the little prism on the window behind me and created rainbows on the floor and across the book in my lap. I thought then about … more
“Defunding the Police” has received mixed support throughout the nation. Though many people are against systemic racism and our current form of public safety, there is something about … more
RALEIGH — If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter … more
From police to portraits, from statues to school buildings, Americans are taking a new look at our racial — and racist — past. One legacy of that past is the Electoral College for … more
What would Joe Oxendine say to the Washington NFL football team about its nickname? Oxendine, a proud Lumbee Indian and a personal hero of mine, died in April at age 90. He was chancellor of … more
An FBI special agent, a corrections officer and a postal program analyst have few duties in common, but their jobs have the same qualification: a four-year college degree. Jailers and gun-toting, … more
I usually pepper my public presentations with some humor. After all, even I know economics can be a rather dull and dry subject. Injecting some jokes and laughter lightens the mood and makes me … more
For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and thinking back, I don’t believe we ever had a patio.  I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck or the … more
Over the past several weeks, as we’ve mourned the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, North Carolinians and people across our nation have been having critical, overdue … more
This is the story of John and Eliza.  It is a Civil War love story. It is also a story of war, death, disease and battle. But most of all, it is a story of the trials, triumphs and tribulations … more
RALEIGH — With hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians out of work and millions fearful about their futures, state and local policymakers are about to encounter a parade of companies, … more
The uncooperative attitudes some are currently exhibiting brings back memories of North Carolina’s history of recalcitrance.   In 1677, Culpeper’s rebellion unseated the governor … more
Everyone from Ice Cube to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone thinks state Senate Bill 168 is a bad idea. How apropos that the worst attack on state sunshine laws in recent memory came in the dark of … more
America’s founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Founders spoke glowingly about … more
Saturday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day, but the COVID-19 pandemic has taken all the sparkle out of the sparklers, shut down all the celebratory gatherings and most fireworks will be coming … more
Our communities are suffering great losses on every scale. From lost graduation celebrations to lost jobs too, most painful of all, lost loved ones; we are grieving together and I am so proud of the … more
It was a jarring sight. The Confederate flag was flying above the State Capitol building in Raleigh. No, this wasn’t the Civil War. It was May 10, 1977. Jim Hunt had been governor just … more
RALEIGH — Conventional wisdom has it that progressives champion urbanity and conservatives disdain it. There’s some truth to that.  Progressives are far more likely than … more
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