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The first car I drove after getting my driver’s license was my cousin Billy’s brand new Infiniti Q45. It was white, and he must have driven it to our house on streets lined with car washers … more
Do you remember the TV game show “Family Feud”? It was good fun as one family competes with another for cash prizes, but we all know that real life family feuds can be bitter, divisive and cause … more
RALEIGH — Although I write regularly about politics and public policy, my “day job,” so to speak, is to give money away. It’s not as easy as you might think. Or, to be more precise, it may … more
President Donald Trump recently declared a “national emergency” under which he intends to divert money from the Department of Defense budget and use it to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico … more
President Donald Trump loves him some wall. Not the wall of corruption he’s surrounded himself with. Not that karmic wall of wasting all his political capital sucking up to superstitious … more
George Washington was lauded as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” in the words of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. But even our nation’s first … more
The accountant prepared my taxes last week. Usually, I get a refund, something I can use to buy myself a few extra lattes and my monthly SEPTA pass. This year, thanks to changes in the tax code, I … more
When it was announced last Wednesday that Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist since 1989 at WRAL-TV Channel 5 in Raleigh, had resigned, it reminded me of what it felt like right after President John F. … more
RALEIGH — Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, … more
My wife is not an economist, but she does sometimes ask me about economic issues. One of her most frequent questions is about Social Security. Although she is retired and eligible to receive … more
We are seeing, in real time, what happens when you get your medical advice from YouTube. There are measles outbreaks in Washington, Oregon and New York, and it’s only a matter of time until more … more
The curves of her face, the color of his eyes, the sparkle behind a laugh — we have had the privilege of growing up having the capability to capture life in a photograph. Pictures can make us … more
On average, 36 sexual assault evidence collection kits are collected each week in North Carolina. It is staggering to think that this heinous crime occurs so frequently. Each one of these kits … more
According to a Feb. 11 USA Today article, “embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s media apology tour is off to a rough start.” Northam, a Democrat, went on “CBS This Morning” in an … more
As president of the North Carolina Community College System and State Superintendent of our K-12 public schools, we are happy to highlight February as Career Pathways Month in North Carolina. We work … more
When my wife and her sister cleaned out their old family home last year, my wife inherited hundreds of photographs dating back to long before the house was constructed in 1968. The photos included … more
OK so I’m running my theological playbook of philosophical, topical, cultural coincidence with Marvel movies this spring, and had every intention of giving the setup for the first movie tie-in … more
I was talking to my younger daughter on the telephone the other day and she was telling me how she was addressing envelopes for letters and thank-you cards. A lot of people have sent her things since … more
Many of us remember the old song in which the singer did not know much about history or algebra or a science book or the French he took, but he did know that he loved the girl of his dreams. For … more
The proposed DMV move brings to mind one of the old Three Stooges comedies, the one where one of the zany trio says, “I’ve cut this board three times and it’s still too short.” Our state … more
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