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Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise. There have been rumors, but that organization isn’t alone, as industry ad revenues have … more
RALEIGH — For many months now, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly have been at an impasse. The legislature enacted a state budget plan for the 2019-20 fiscal … more
“Politics and books don’t mix well. You need to decide which one you’re going to write about and stick to it.” That is what an editor and good friend told me recently. Maybe this friend is … more
Who was your first-grade teacher, your 12th grade, your college professor? Kathleen Patterson, my Spanish teacher from Fike, never could get me to learn enough Spanish to make more than a grade … more
As I learn to embrace the open doors and opportunities in my life, knowing it means closing doors of old behaviors and dishonorable treatment of myself and the God I serve, one prevailing idea keeps … more
Legitimate concerns are being raised about what students in North Carolina are learning, or not learning as the case may be, but what isn’t helpful is the way conservative politicians are using the … more
Listening to the howls from Democrats and the applause from Republicans, one would think President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget is a radical assault on the welfare state. The truth is … more
A lot has been in the news about the novel coronavirus, or “coronavirus” for short. The World Health Organization has said that the virus started in the Wuhan province in China, and has affected … more
“The killers came by streetcar. Their boots struck the packed clay earth like muffled drumbeats as they bounded from the cars and began to patrol the wide dirt roads. The men scanned the sidewalks … more
RALEIGH — In 2018, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order on climate change that, among other things, established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina by 40% below 2005 … more
Did you know that Wilson Community College has a culinary arts program? In fact, the culinary arts program enrollment has doubled over the last three years. And we recently revamped our program to … more
As a political junkie, I get lots of email pleas from politicians and political advocacy groups. Today, I got one from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Well, not exactly. That’s what the … more
Ben Baker wouldn’t want his daughters to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour at the local library — and as a parent, that’s his prerogative. But if Baker has his way, other parents won’t be able … more
The fix is in. That is the only conclusion one can draw from the retribution rants of President Donald Trump and the willing compliance of his consigliere, William Barr. Gaining acquittal on … more
When people talk about the winds of change, they probably don’t mean precisely what happened on a recent Friday. With wind gusting all day long, the Lutheran pastor from Rocky Mount called to … more
Yesterday, I posted a picture of myself on Facebook while I was waiting at the doctor’s office. Before your mind goes to a place that is quite unappealing, the picture was a simple selfie of me … more
If ever there has been an American who represented the pulse of the country, who understood behavior and motivation of people, who taught about struggles and victory and love, it is Maya … more
When John Bolton comes to North Carolina next week, I want to ask him about the Bible. Bolton is to speak at Duke University at 5:30 p.m. Monday. I wonder if he, like me, has been reading … more
Valentine’s has always been a fun time in our household, made more fun by not following what we did when we were kids in Margaret Hearne Elementary School or Fike High School, or what all those … more
The day my mother and father met, he was arguing with some high school friends about whether a slice of lemon would corrode the coating on a porcelain sink. “I never came across any man quite … more
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