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September 01, 2016

Two major events occurred at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the same week.

First, a nesting green sea turtle, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, was killed by an off-road vehicle.

Second, the National Park Service proposed to roll back protections for sea turtles on the…

September 01, 2016

In Ilya Somin’s excellent new book, “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” the public is ignorant; their ignorance is a problem for American democracy, and, according to Somin, this “poses a very serious challenge to democratic theory.”

Our third president, Thomas…

September 01, 2016

Base Elizabeth City Cmdr. Bruce Brown, one of the strongest proponents of bringing the U.S. Coast Guard and Elizabeth City together, sadly admits that most Coasties really don’t feel Elizabeth City has much to offer. They don’t consider it in their shopping/entertainment plans.…

September 01, 2016

RALEIGH — Labor Day traditionally begins the homestretch of political campaigns. So now is a good time to assess how key candidates are faring in North Carolina — and what would need to happen for them to finish first by Election Day.

In the presidential race, the average of the seven…

August 31, 2016

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a two-part column.

I was taught by some little nuns in grade school; you had better believe that they were strict. They had lots of rules about behavior. Among them was one on lying: it was simple — no lying. Now, to keep you from…

August 31, 2016

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. H. Bush were competent and arguably excellent presidents. But the incompetence of George W. Bush is largely why Americans are disillusioned today.

After the U.S. suffered the multiple attacks of 9/11, then President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney led…

August 31, 2016

The only problem I have with the motto, "In God We Trust," is that it isn't true. We trust (depend on) our government. We trust our Constitution. We trust our military machine. We trust our social systems. We trust our electronic gadgets. We trust our insurance policies (car,…

August 31, 2016

I am not the first and won't be the last to remark on how utterly bizarre aspects of this campaign season are. Let's start with the fact that there were some serious adults with actual executive experience and plausible capacity for moral leadership in the mix not long ago as potential general-…

August 30, 2016

RALEIGH – If you've never visited the state Legislative Building in Raleigh, it's worth your time, and not only because it's where your state lawmakers conduct their daily business when in session.

It's an architectural curiosity for a number of reasons, including its unique — some…

August 30, 2016

RALEIGH — Election season may not be the best time to go looking for sober reflection or respectful dialogue. For example, consider what happened recently when professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill got wind of a new project on campus, created and funded by state…

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