Opinion

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...

April 26, 2016

The whole of human life has journeyed, just as I have done, from consciousness to self-consciousness, then into the security of religion, then beyond religion into life and ultimately into the recognition that God is one universal consciousness, with which we are one and in which we are whole....

April 26, 2016

Democracy — government by all eligible citizens through elected representatives. Gerrymander — achieve desired result by manipulation of voting districts. Subversion — an attempt to undermine an established form of government. Treason — the crime of attempting to...

April 26, 2016

Last month, the U.S. House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) allowance provided to children who will have their parent's earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now similar legislation is being considered in...

April 26, 2016

RALEIGH — “My problem,” the notoriously reckless actor Errol Flynn once quipped, “lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.” When it comes to state budgeting, too many governors and legislators across the country have indulged their own gross habits,...

April 25, 2016

After decisive victories by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the New York primaries, Democratic leaders need to send a strong, stern message to Bernie Sanders: Back off. Stop attacking Hillary. If you want to stay in the race to propound your policy ideas, fine. But don't keep undercutting...

April 25, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Try thinking about this week's confusing Republican and Democratic primary elections in New York this way:

You're in love with a "handsome devil" who did not exactly -- or even inexactly -- fit your mother's long-term hopes for you. Not only was he "too good-looking for his...

April 25, 2016

I remember as a child how much the law interested me. My dad studied law and worked for a judge and just the books alone seemed important. They were substantial, hard-bound books whose covers when opened just felt important. I had a similar impression about the book at the lectern in the...

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