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A lot of readers have expressed an interest in hearing from Cooper, our cat. Occasionally, as mentioned in this column, I have had conversations with Cooper. Largely one-sided, since cats do not, as … more
Warmer weather is finally upon us and if you are like me, this is a very welcome sight given the winter we have endured here and throughout the country. As the calendar moves toward the warmer … more
RALEIGH — The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized country but doesn’t get better results, as measured by average life expectancy. Have you heard this claim … more
I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before … more
Where is Erskine Bowles when we most need him? Bowles is best known to North Carolinians as president of the UNC System from 2005 to 2010. Before then he was a successful business leader in … more
At tax time in the U.S., as Gaurav Sangwani of India’s Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren’t interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal … more
George Carlin, (1937-2008) an American comedian, social critic and author, was noted for his thoughts on politics, the English language and numerous other subjects, some considered by many to be … more
I have followed very closely the news articles concerning the finding of dumped dead dogs in Wilson County this year. Having previously worked as an animal control officer for Wilson County, I did … more
In a saner age, adding a question about an individual’s citizenship status to the decennial U.S. Census would be the most unremarkable thing in the world. The only understandable reaction might be, … more
As we move through the time of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, listen to excerpts from his provocative speeches, remember where we were at the time of the shooting and feel the anger and sadness … more
SEVEN SPRINGS — Most of North Carolina seems to have forgotten about Hurricane Matthew. It’s been about 18 months since the floodwaters ravaged eastern North Carolina towns, and the news … more
RALEIGH — Massachusetts has consistently been at or near the top of the list in reading and math achievement, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This is a fact. The … more
“Congress must determine if and how we need to strengthen privacy standards to ensure transparency and understanding for the billions of consumers who utilize [technology] products,” Chuck … more
It’s ironic that privacy vulture Mark Zuckerberg’s first day of Senate testimony so closely resembled the action in a first-person shooter: 44 waves of poorly programmed, time-limited attackers … more
As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly … more
If you could wave a magic wand and make one change that would provide the greatest benefit to rural North Carolina, what would it be? I’ve been intrigued by that question ever since it was first … more
The column this week is going to be a little prickly for some folks. I’m probably going to get some letters. I might get a nastygram or two on Facebook. I expect it. Some of you are going to love … more
When my generation attended junior high school during the ’50s and ’60s, girls were required to take eighth-grade home economics, and boys received training in industrial arts. These courses … more
JAMES DANIEL Elephar Tomlinson, daughter of Jonathan Tomlinson and wife Priscilla Renfrow, was born on Dec. 3, 1827, and died on May 3, 1900. She married James Daniel, son of Jacob Daniel and wife … more
Our two children, Emma and Dawson, both attended school here and both participated in athletics throughout their time in school. Both are graduates of Fike. During that time I got to know one of the … more
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