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August 16, 2017

RALEIGH – Rural Americans feel "trapped" in their communities, stuck in unfavorable financial situations but unable, for both practical and lifestyle reasons, to move to more economically vibrant areas — so says a fascinating article in the Aug. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal.…


August 14, 2017

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is a motto I admire and aspire to. I’m a person who believes that God divinely blesses us with particular gifts and talents and we have a stewardship obligation to offer those to assist and provide for others with whom we are in…


August 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — Everyone’s worst fears came true this week with word that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear weapon suitable for a missile capable of reaching the United States. After 20 years of anticipating this moment, the time for a decision falls to President Trump.

Taking a…

August 11, 2017

I was talking the other day to a wise executive friend and he recalled for me something his favorite boss liked to say: When people rise to the top of an organization and get power, they usually do one of two things: “They either swell or they grow.”

Donald Trump has swollen.



August 11, 2017

North Carolina voters recently got less than half a loaf from three federal judges. The decision was just one more step in tweaking an election system that is hopelessly broken.

The judges ordered the General Assembly to finish redrawing legislative districts by September. But they rejected pleas…

August 11, 2017


August 10, 2017

The General Assembly will convene a special session next week but most people in North Carolina, including the vast majority of the members of House and Senate, have no idea what legislation they will consider while they are in town.

August 10, 2017

In 1994, after 40 years in the wilderness, Republicans swept both houses of Congress, running on Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America," in which the GOP promised to hold votes on 10 popular policies in the first 100 days. They won, fulfilled the contract, and went on to control the House for more…

August 09, 2017


August 08, 2017

RALEIGH — North Carolina has an official state bird (the Northern Cardinal), an official state reptile (the Eastern Box Turtle), an official state insect (the honeybee), an official state mammal (the Gray Squirrel), an official saltwater fish (the Channel Bass), an official freshwater fish (the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout), an official state marsupial (the Virginia Opossum, which seems awfully unpatriotic), and two official state amphibians, the Pine Barrens Treefrog and the Marbled Salamander.

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