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Lately I’ve been reflecting on North Carolina’s celebrated history as, well, the political equivalent of a cantankerous old coot. You know the fellow I mean. He won’t keep his mouth shut. He … more
If dollars really buy votes, the smoldering wreckage of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign shows that the exchange rate is plummeting. Bloomberg ended his presidential bid after a lackluster Super … more
The same president who signed an executive order to curb campus censorship is suing The New York Times for publishing an opinion piece that stoked his fury. News that President Donald Trump’s … more
While I’ve tried for the most part to keep away from political opinions when I write my columns, I felt a little more compelled this week to address our state government and what one might call … more
I spent last Thursday and Friday in Raleigh attending the annual convention of the North Carolina Press Association, an event that mixes afternoon training on Thursday for journalists who arrive … more
I probably shouldn’t have done it, especially with all the news about the coronavirus. What did I do? I just read a big novel — more than 600 pages — called “Pestilence.” In this … more
You know the Republican Party is running scared and thoroughly corrupt when it tries to rig the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat now being held by an endangered Thom Tillis. And yet … more
I noted in last week’s column that I am working the early voting site at Mount Pleasant. We now have had a whopping 137 voters in that location since Feb. 13. Remember that we are there this … more
You say “Buy a weighted blanket,” do you? Wait a minute. What? That’s right, friends. You can purchase a weighted blanket to sleep under. Some even say it helps with many ailments and … more
President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of National Public Radio. When conservative pundit Mark Levin asked, “Why does NPR still exist?” on Twitter last month, Trump retweeted the post, adding … more
I pulled into a neighboring town headed to my daughter’s Winter Guard competition when I saw them. The overabundance of gaudy, bright-colored political signs seemingly posted every foot or so … more
I’m working the Mount Pleasant early voting site now open through Feb. 29. Did someone just say “where”? Yes, there is an early voting site for Nash County residents in the old Mount … more
Legitimate concerns are being raised about what students in North Carolina are learning, or not learning as the case may be, but what isn’t helpful is the way conservative politicians are using the … more
As the physical therapist rolled me down the hall of the nursing home, I watched some residents as they also sat in their wheelchairs. “I’ll be glad when I can walk again. It’s hard not … more
Ben Baker wouldn’t want his daughters to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour at the local library — and as a parent, that’s his prerogative. But if Baker has his way, other parents won’t be able … more
Last summer I wrote an opinion piece about how one teacher can change the world. That column was one that I put a great deal of personal energy into because it was about how my son went from … more
Being mostly laid up in bed the last few weeks, I’ve had a chance to really observe the behavior of our two cats. Sammy is our large black kitty. We adopted Sammy from some of our son David’s … more
After more than a week of raging fury by a vengeful president and the volcanic spewing of mutual hatred by our political parties, Valentine’s Day this Friday just can’t come soon enough. I … more
It was good to have a calm weekend after last week’s insulting impeachment farce in Washington, which will only get worse this week, and a local poke in the eye by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of … more
The last month hasn’t been what I expected. After my knee surgery, I thought I’d be quickly forced to walk on the new knee my surgeon placed in my body. But instead, he told me that the bones … more
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