April 30, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.

I'm making several assumptions here -- in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding...

April 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – One of the first steps Donald Trump took in his transition to the Republican Party’s likely nominee was to recognize that he can’t always talk off the cuff about serious policy issues.

Whether he will abide by that in the coming days and months is unlikely,...

April 29, 2016

We used to say "A penny saved is a penny earned." Now, if certain economists are right, we should say "A penny properly invested is two pennies."

Because of the ripple effect one penny spent can boost the economy by two pennies. Every dollar paid to Social...

April 29, 2016

What happened to my North Carolina tax refund?

Yesterday, I wrote a check for $91 to pay my 2015 North Carolina taxes. Last year, I received a paltry $32 refund from the state for the tax year 2014.

As a retired North Carolina teacher on a fixed income, I received approximately...

April 29, 2016

Over the past 20 years, Chowan-Perquimans Habitat for Humanity has built 16 homes.

It took us three years to raise enough money to build the first house; yet we plan to complete two houses this year. Our all-volunteer organization could not have done this without the generosity of the...

April 29, 2016

Any illusions you may have had about the candidates in this campaign season should have dissipated long ago. Donald Trump's latest eruption seems to agree with my recent assessment that there's absolutely no difference between the two parties. In fact, the irreligious New York reprobate's...

April 29, 2016

Donald Trump's supporters all use the same words to describe his appeal: He's real. He's authentic. He tells it like it is.

That has never been true. Trump's always been a performer: an actor playing a character who seems authentic. But that's not the same as actually being authentic....

April 28, 2016

It has not been a good month for in-town business in Elizabeth City. We recently discovered that Ace Hardware is leaving and Southgate Mall is in foreclosure. Are we doing enough to attract new businesses to take their place? It’s hard to tell because the entities whose job it is to...

April 27, 2016

RALEIGH – Recently, I watched a kids' baseball scrimmage.

A few innings into the game, a kid walked up to the field, apparently with his dad. The dad looked dirty, like he had just gotten off work as a mechanic. The kid wore shorts and a T-shirt that was a little too small, in...

April 26, 2016

I guess it is time to admit this is one crazy place to live. Maybe it is in the water?

I don’t even think the attorneys know what is going on. Government itself arises from a social contract among individuals who agree for their mutual benefit to obey laws and support the government...

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