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This year is just half over, and it could get twice as bad. The COVID-19 pandemic could keep getting worse. The economic collapse and high unemployment could last for months and years. The … more
RALEIGH — History is full of cases in which people subverted their own just causes by acting impulsively rather than carefully considering the costs and benefits. As the ancient poet Horace put … more
Some North Carolina old-timers still talk about the disastrous 1943 train wreck south of Fayetteville. It killed 74 people, including the father of one of the central characters of beloved author … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
Protections for human trafficking survivors are being steadily eroded.  From cuts in funding to clandestine attacks on immigration rights for survivors, the current administration has … more
I’ve started doing something each night that I haven’t done since I was a young girl — kneeling beside my bed to pray before climbing under the covers. I have a dedicated space … more
This was the most unusual July Fourth holiday most of us ever experienced. It just wasn’t the same without the traditional bands, parades, fireworks and cookouts. With all we’ve been … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during … more
“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
I’m a registered nurse who loves to dig in the dirt. I believe gardening grounds the soul and that food is medicine! We’ve lived all over the U.S. and in Japan and Germany because the military … 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
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