Every day in counties across North Carolina, citizens, judges, jurors, attorneys entering their local courthouse must walk by monuments to soldiers who defended the Confederate’s support of the horrendously cruel institution of slavery.

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The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines brought great hope in the battle against the deadly pandemic that has affected our way of life for nearly a year and a half. Now, more than seven months into the largest vaccination effort in history, the data and science is clear: the vaccines are effective, but only if people get their “dose of hope.”

Let’s say there’s an outbreak of deadly parvovirus in your neighborhood. Your beloved golden retriever Red, however, goes into a full-scale panic attack at the sight or smell of a veterinarian. You know the disease is highly communicable and potentially fatal.

Every day in counties across North Carolina, citizens, judges, jurors, attorneys entering their local courthouse must walk by monuments to soldiers who defended the Confederate’s support of the horrendously cruel institution of slavery.

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Just when I thought politicians couldn’t get any stupider — and I’ll include both Democrats and Republicans in this assessment, although we all know which party has been setting new records in this competition almost daily for the past few years — along comes North Carolina’s own Madison Caw…

Ben & Jerry’s, noted for its ice cream made from “contented cows,” has produced not such contented consumers in many circles following its announcement to stop selling its ice cream in Israel’s West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

Sometimes I hate it when I’m right. My April fool’s column predicted that our return to life as we knew it before COVID would likely be determined by those who refused to take the shot. We who have been vaccinated are paying a price for those anti-vaxxers who selfishly choose not to protect themselves and disregard the rest health and freedoms of the rest of us.

In the United States, various institutions and groups have made efforts to combat the problem of human trafficking. As first responders, local law enforcement agencies play a critical role in identifying and responding to human trafficking cases.

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Mark Twain once said, “It’s difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future.” Economists like me often use the comment as an opening line in our public presentations. The reasons are, the quote is funny, and it’s usually very true.

I have frequently mentioned that the pandemic has reminded me more than ever that our public schools truly are the hubs of our communities. From providing the time and space for students to develop deep social connections with peers and adults; ensuring students nutritional and mental health needs are met each and every day; to meeting the academic needs and goals of our students — our schools play a crucial role in shaping and supporting each of our communities.

Like most liberals in government, the city of Elizabeth City’s government debated not whether to raise our property taxes, but by how much to raise them.

It’s clear how the two political parties want to define the debate in next year’s elections, in North Carolina and nationally. Republicans want to argue about race and culture. Democrats want to argue that government can work and can help people.

Finally, after six months and without the support of Republican leaders in the Senate, the House of Representatives has formed a bipartisan Jan. 6 Commission, both to document the treason and to uncover the causes of the deadly insurrection.

An old spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” has the following lyrics: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire next time.” The line is taken to mean that unrepentant humankind would not be destroyed again by flooding but rather by fire. These days, though, twin catastrophes seem in a race to determine which can bring about the end first.

For years, North Carolina conservatives and progressives argued incessantly about the effects of the state’s rightward turn. Conservatives said lower taxes and less regulation tend to boost entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic growth. Rejecting that position, progressives argued that spending more money on education and other public programs and making greater use of health, safety, and labor regulations would have net-positive results for the economy.

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus is asked: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” He answers: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” But the second admonition, Jesus adds, “is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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Perhaps you recall the eminent “Judge Starr” of Republican legend and song, a pious Christian avatar of justice and sexual propriety. Back when he was dutifully investigating President Bill Clinton’s sex life — “our job is to do our job,” he’d tell TV crews staking out his suburban driveway, a soft-handed househusband obediently taking out the trash — Kenneth Starr posed as a man of firm moral views and unimpeachable integrity.