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December 08, 2016

Whoever invented the sentence, "Drain the swamp," is a poet in the sense Wallace Stevens meant when he wrote that "the poet creates the world to which we turn ... without knowing it."

Whoever invented the phrases "death panels," "pro-life,"... and "build a wal," are also poets in the…

December 08, 2016

RALEIGH — In what direction will North Carolina go under a Democratic governor-elect, Roy Cooper, and a Republican General Assembly? There are three possibilities.

The least likely scenario — but the one that progressives in North Carolina desperately hope to engineer — is a U-…

December 08, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory finally conceded the 2016 election to Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, Dec. 5, but he actually lost the race on March 23 when he signed the sweeping anti-LGBT law House Bill 2.

That not only created a firestorm of protest and boycotts and damaged the state’s…

December 07, 2016

Our President-Elect Donald Trump tells us he’s going to drain the swamp when he gets to the White House. But now he is filling it with alligators from Wall Street. To my mind billionaires from Goldman-Sachs are not the best “drainers” of the swamp.

Sadly, our President-elect…

December 07, 2016

WASHINGTON — Fake news leads eventually to real tragedy. It almost got there Sunday when an idiot brought a loaded assault rifle into a Washington pizzeria, firing at least one shot, in an attempt to "self-investigate" a preposterous made-up conspiracy theory.

No one was hurt — this…

December 06, 2016

Claims that Steve Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist,  is anti-Semitic have been widely reported. These claims are that in his role at Breitbart News, he supported statements that were anti-Israel and that he is not fit to serve in the Trump administration. But the…

December 06, 2016

Amid a flurry of letters to The Daily Advance concerning dilapidated buildings and vacant commercial property in Elizabeth City as well as reports of proposed code enforcement actions against some of the worst offenders, it occurs to me to ask why one shining example of commercial…

December 06, 2016

We read with great interest the account of the recent dedication ceremony for the recently completed softball/baseball complex at the Currituck Community Park. The athletic complex itself, and the Community Park campus in general, is a project of which the county's commissioners and staff…

Vic Ramsey

December 06, 2016

RALEIGH — During the fall campaign in North Carolina, the presidential and gubernatorial races captured most of the attention. That was understandable. But the reelection of Sen. Richard Burr deserves at least as much post-election attention, for two compelling reasons.

The first is political.…

December 06, 2016

RALEIGH — The usual crowd was hanging out in the parking lot of my neighborhood firehouse in Connecticut, sometime about 1965, when Mr. Andy drove by in his new Oldsmobile 98.

The old blowhard wanted to impress us kids with all its features and he boasted of the price he’d negotiated…

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