January 20, 2017

RALEIGH — One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled “The Country Church in North Carolina.” (Yes, I’m just that nerdy.) The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that the…

January 20, 2017

Why is the left so crazy about Donald Trump that they're even trying to link him to using the atomic bomb when it was the Democrat, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who developed it and his Democratic successor, Harry Truman, who used it to end World War II?

Why are so many people in this area so crazy about…

January 20, 2017

Who turned the water of living cautiously and politically correctly into the wine of living spontaneously and letting the chips fall....?

Who turned the water of doing the same old thing the same old way into the wine of casting the fishing net one more time, with faith and hope?

Who turned…

January 20, 2017

It was not surprising to read that efforts to shut down a large scale wind farm built in northeastern North Carolina are being led by avid renewable energy adversary state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort.

Despite the farm’s approval from the U.S. Navy, Sen. Cook and several other Republican…

January 19, 2017

Some county commissioners seem to be confused about the alleged merits of the local wind energy project. They suggest that the military submitted a report that confirmed there was no interference with the relocatable over-the-horizon radar, or ROTHR, receiver site in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Whether a…

January 19, 2017

The Elizabeth City emergency medical technicians, police department and fire department came to my wife’s aid during the snow storm on Jan. 7. She was unconscious, and her blood pressure had dropped dangerously low.

The 911 operator was very professional and calm. I couldn’t keep…

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family's chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a…

January 18, 2017

In the new Republican-dominated Washington, North Carolina will have one of its most influential congressional delegations in recent memory.

The Tar Heel delegation is heavily Republican (12 of 15), very conservative, many with Tea Party connections and heavy on the testosterone, with only two…

January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — As we count down to the inauguration of the next American president, the word — but more the idea — of Russia has dominated the news headlines. And, as the song put it in a more hopeful sense, the story has "only just begun."

Russia has hacked into the Democratic…

January 17, 2017

Politics in Washington happens on many levels at once. Democrats are certainly right to protest the Republican rush to hold hearings on some of President-elect Trump's cabinet picks before their ethics forms and investigations have been completed.

As Sen. Charles Schumer, the new Democratic leader,…

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