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The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just … more
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In a bench trial, a judge convicted Roy’s 17-year-old … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
Last weekend provided a cup overflowing with televised football games — Thursday and Friday night games between high school and college teams, more college games on Saturday with ever-expanding … more
Five days after his steepest fall from grace, Cam Newton was already plotting his comeback. Critics and commentators dogged the Carolina Panthers’ franchise quarterback and 2015 league MVP … more
We are entering my favorite time of year right now. It has my affection for any number of reasons, but this past week reminded me of one of the primary ones in the form of the meteorological shift. … more
It’s no secret what my name is. I mean, it’s right there in the newspaper every week for everyone to see. That way, the people who want to send nice letters to the paper and make nice … more
Did you happen observe all the cultural elements that were on display at the North Carolina Whirligig Festival last weekend? That’s right. Culture of our region during the first quarter of the 21st … more
What is your vision for retirement? Sunny beaches, romantic travels or idyllic sunsets at your ivy-covered home? Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions. Forbes says that 55% of … more
RALEIGH — I know the following plea is probably futile. But I’m going to offer it anyway. Can we please stop making every event into a partisan slugfest? Case in point would be the recent … more
The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own … more
“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” My mom taught me that song when I was a toddler, and I taught it to my son. I’ve always enjoyed hearing a children’s choir or Sunday school class … more
The late Sen. Kay Hagan’s one term and two campaigns epitomized the volatility of North Carolina’s Senate races. They also showed how our Senate elections rise and fall with national political … more
President Trump has accomplished many great things in less than three years in office. His longest-lasting legacy is his transformation of the federal judiciary through the lifetime appointment of … more
Anthropologists tell us the spoken language of our earliest caveman ancestors probably amounted to very few actual words like we have today, with most conversations being more like lots of grunting, … more
“The late.” It is a term I am having to insert too many times as I revise and update “North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries,” my book on local North Carolina restaurants near our … more
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is a likeable and experienced politician. But he’s not made of Teflon. His administration has taken a number of heavy blows over the past month, and his aides have done … more
North Carolina still does not have a state budget in the traditional sense, but much of the state budget has passed into law. That is why you do not see parks closed or public services shuttered — … more
A president teetering on the brink of impeachment…whose public approval is as much as 15 points underwater…who trails the leading opposition candidates… who may cost his party its majority in … more
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