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RALEIGH — North Carolinians are more upbeat about their state than they are about the nation as a whole, according to election-season polls by Meredith College, Survey USA (for Spectrum News), and … more
I’ve seen many back-to-school sessions as a teacher, a school board member and as state superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools. This year, I saw my first as parent of a child in our … more
I’m very blessed to be surrounded by amazing people who do important work. Some of them are well-known, but most are not. The one thing they all have in common is an unrelenting drive to be … more
The United States has the shameful distinction of being the world’s leading jailer, keeping more people behind bars than any other nation on earth. Across the political spectrum, there is now a … more
Fall is a wonderful time of year with cooler temperatures, leaves changing color and preparations for upcoming holidays. One of those holidays is celebrated this month: Halloween. Although not truly … more
With all the vitriol in our politics — with all the disagreement that is tearing our country apart — we could all use some levity about now. Here’s one joke I think we can all agree … more
Plenty of talk has circulated this past week over the newly released movie “First Man,” an account of American astronaut Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969 … more
Pizza shop manager to massage therapist and business owner is quite the switch, but it is one Brandilyn Jobe never second-guessed. “Before I went to school for massage therapy, I managed the … more
October is here and students as well as teachers have been pushed into the school year at full force. The summer is over and suddenly it feels like I have about 99 problems. As a senior, I can speak … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools are among the best in the country at delivering academic value for the tax dollars spent on them. If you haven’t heard that before, … more
There is nothing I love more than the cool crisp air and colors of fall. It’s the perfect season for getting outdoors before the cold sets in. The other awesome thing about autumn is that there … more
About this time each year, we looked forward to receiving the Sears Wish Book. This wonderful catalogue was about three inches thick, packed with thousands of items. It was the official kickoff to … more
With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.” I come from a long-ish line of … more
Last week the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Sadly, instead of replacing NAFTA’s … more
Driving home this evening, I called my wife and asked what was for dinner. There was a long pause and, for a second, I could hear a deep sigh. I could hear the exasperation in that sigh and I … more
I had a philosophy professor in college who loved to pose as his final question on every exam: “compare, contrast, and critically evaluate...” — and then he would usually choose two of the … more
In one of his novels, Alexander McCall Smith wrote the following about one of his characters:“She believed in getting as much use as possible from everything, and thought that as long as machinery, … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping … more
My mom died 14 years ago from breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs. She believed in her community, and she worked tirelessly to make it better. Everything she did was centered around … more
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived and offers us an opportunity to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember and reflect on those who have lost their life to this disease, and gaze into the … more
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