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RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It simply means that our … more
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank, what do you do? This seldom happens in most homes, but would you spend it? Save it? Or, with a government, would you … more
As a professor of logistics, supply chain and reverse logistics, I am proud that my educational foundation began in the Wilson school system and continued through graduation at Atlantic Christian … more
What if your silence is blocking someone’s freedom? A few years ago, during a conversation with a young lady for whom I cared very deeply, God laid on my heart to issue words of caution when … more
A few columns ago, I was writing about the Five Levels of Attachment, which are from the book written by one of my spiritual brothers, don Miguel Ruiz Jr., son of don Miguel Ruiz. Even though they … more
When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that … more
When I was a kid in the 1950s, we used to call the middle months of the year the “lazy days of summer.” School was out, families were on vacation and the hot weather just seemed to slow things … more
The cost of health care in North Carolina and throughout the country is high enough without patients and their families having to worry about unexpected, surprise medical bills. As it is, too many … more
This is a modern-day retelling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath. In our version, David is played by State Treasurer Dale Folwell. The Philistine giant Goliath represents the large … more
Many consider the British-born Rolling Stones to be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Despite their advancing ages, the Stones have been performing music for crowds all over the … more
Forty days ago, Gov. Roy Cooper proposed an alternative state budget that closed the health care coverage gap by expanding Medicaid and froze corporate tax cuts to invest more in teacher and state … more
RALEIGH — Because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly have remained deadlocked for weeks over passage of a new state budget, you might think nothing … more
Recently I have found myself in a little of a couponing slump. It is summer time, the kids are home all day long, every day, my teacher husband is home, and time slips away from me. When people … more
Debbie Moehnke’s heart attack took her by surprise. It happened in March 2018, while she and her husband were waiting for treatment at a Vancouver, Washington-area medical clinic. The medicos there … more
Budgets are moral documents. Budgets tell us what communities, issues and people are most important to their authors. Let’s place this budget in context. In the 2018 election, nearly 3.6 … more
The American public has taken little notice of the collapse of a great American industry, one that helped British colonists win the American Revolution and American families to follow the battles of … more
In mid-August, we begin to think about school starting again, about new clothes, school supplies, new teachers, opportunities for new friendships and those wonderful, roomy backpacks that have a … more
This column begins with death and ends with life. This column begins in this world and ends peeking into the next. This column begins where we are and ends where we might hope to be. Too often, I … more
Just the other day, my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out for a fancy dinner and a show. There was no dancing involved. There were no elaborate gifts or overwrought … more
RALEIGH — The political temptation to protect “domestic” industries from “foreign” competition is strong, persistent and understandable. But for the vast majority of North Carolina workers, … more
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