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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
Do college sports programs represent a racist oppression of black student-athletes? And is it racist of me to believe it would be a mistake to allow collegiate athletes to sell rights to their … more
Police stormed Breonna Taylor’s apartment as she slept and sprayed her with gunfire, leaving the 26-year-old emergency medical technician to die in a pool of blood. The Louisville … more
A lot of you have written to me and told me how much you enjoy the columns about the cats.  Cooper appreciates it greatly, but is a little peeved to have to share the spotlight with Eevee and … more
The movement to “decolonize your bookshelf” has been around for a few years, albeit mostly confined to college campuses and radical left-wing circles. Fiction author Juan Vidal … more
There was a time in March when it felt like we were all united in attacking COVID-19, but that honeymoon was shortlived. By the end of April, the virus had become partisan. If you listen to some … more
RALEIGH — As soon as he heard the news that a mob had torn down statues on the grounds of North Carolina’s State Capitol on the evening of June 19, Gov. Roy Cooper realized his mistake. … more
Five cents for a Pepsi, two-for-a-penny cookies, BB Bats, Mary Janes, Sugar Daddy candy bars, wax drinks, penny bubble gum, 5 cents for a Fudgsicle, Dreamsicles, 5 cents for Baby Ruth and other candy … more
RALEIGH — During the month of May, 38 states saw their unemployment rates drop as governments eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed more businesses to open and individuals return to work. In … more
Though the number of COVID-19 cases — and the deaths — continue to rise in North Carolina and throughout the United States, the determination of local politicians to reopen the economy as fast as … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” … more
I’ve had trouble with sleeping the last several months. It all started when I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning. What was I doing? I will admit I was reading books that were so interesting … more
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