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RALEIGH — In politics, the karma may not be instant — but it will get you, sooner or later. Want examples? Just check out the political headlines of the past few weeks. Anthony Kennedy, the … more
What is the worst thing that has happened to us in the last few weeks? Our state legislature’s final week of secrecy and surprises? North Korea’s reported resumption of processing of … more
I have been waiting for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to say the words “I retire,” for more than a quarter-century. The first time I longed to hear that phrase was in 1992, when he penned the … more
My advice to Democrats — which I’ve offered for free since the dawn of this century — is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.” But … more
Well, here we go again. On June 27, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31. Cue crisis, as defined by President John F. Kennedy’s … more
Fourth of July week always brings emotions of nostalgia for me. It hearkens back to childhood days when life was simpler by comparison, and the world, at least to my childlike understanding, was more … more
Children crave security and often find it in their teddy bears, blankets or some other item in the home. Items that provide children a sense of security can be almost any object, as long as it is … more
A lot of you have been asking about Cooper, especially after last week’s column about Hobbs, the cat from next door. Cooper is doing fine and he wants everyone to know that he is well and there … more
In the military (and many civilian workplaces too) a short-timer is someone who is nearing the end of his or her term of service. Often, the term is used pejoratively to describe individuals who … more
RALEIGH — After decades of debate and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court has settled a contentious matter: governments will now be authorized to tax the online purchases of their residents even if … more
Spend much time listening to the political rhetoric flowing from the state capital, and you’re likely to hear complaints about legislative “power grabs” and efforts to “rip authority away” … more
The devil is in the details. We continue seeing the truth of this statement as news trickled out of Raleigh last week. The latest Republican stunt: stripping the governor of his appointment … more
Fremont resident Col. Walter Joseph “Joe” Marm (U.S. Army retired) and his wife, Deborah, have plans to attend a big baseball game in a few days that has been on their schedule and on their minds … more
The American Cancer Society has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for … more
How many free-traders does it take to have a trade war? It’s a nonsensical question, but you have to wonder given the actions of our trading partners, especially those in the G-7, who ignored … more
Slavery is very much alive and well in the United States. Though it was abolished more than 150 years ago, if a profit can be made on the exploitation of others there is usually a willing … more
Driving through North Carolina’s countryside this time of year is both good for the soul and a reminder of the importance agriculture plays in our state. The N.C. State College of Agriculture … more
RALEIGH — As we once again commemorate the formal birth of the United States, it’s important to think about what makes America exceptional — what makes it, despite evident flaws, so worthy of … more
WHITE OAK SWAMP Named in a grant to John Thomas in 1741. Begins 5 1/2 miles N.N.E. of Saratoga and about a half-mile W. of the Edgecombe County line and runs southwesterly into Toisnot Swamp about … more
It was an incredible month of activity in the United States Supreme Court. An expert baker, workers forced to pay fees to public employee unions and pregnancy crisis centers required to give … more
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