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On some of our country rides when we find ourselves with free time, my husband Fred and I see beaver dams and sometimes lodges near the road. On a recent excursion we decided to stop, walk … more
I watched dream hampton’s documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in small doses. Actually, I haven’t finished it. I don’t know if I will. Hearing young black women’s stories of being … more
RALEIGH — Over the past eight years, conservative lawmakers have done much to constrain the excesses, expenses and abuses of governmental power in North Carolina. They have cut taxes, controlled … more
As I write this, the U.S. government is in its 18th day of a putative “shutdown.” Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but … more
WASHINGTON — It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of the National Mall. Jefferson’s famous … more
So we got this “build the wall” narrative heating up. Government — at least “part” of the government — is shut down and our president doesn’t appear he is going to budge on the issue of … more
Although most of us do not enjoy the grocery store shopping experience at what comedian Jerry Clower called “super-dyna-whopping” stores, these places are nonetheless a necessary evil in … more
When Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the “technical corrections” bill before Christmas, he sent the General Assembly a spare three-sentence message. In doing so, he signaled that large issues lay behind … more
While I have been traveling up and down North Carolina’s roads in search of local eateries, UNC Law School professor Gene Nichol has been traveling the same roads looking for something else. I … more
Headphones have recently been banned in our schools. Students have been walking around the hallways with their earbuds, headphones, AirPods and so on, and faculty has had enough. But what students … more
RALEIGH — The average public school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In North Carolina, the average school district … more
I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become … more
As the 116th Congress convenes in Washington, one of the more interesting spectacles to take place will be the seating of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Much has been made of … more
Conservatives at the University of California at Berkeley got an early Christmas gift this year: a victory for free speech. It’s been a rocky road lately for the First Amendment on campus, at … more
While Congress and the president fight over funding a border wall, they continue to ignore the coming economic tsunami caused by the roughly $22 trillion (and rapidly increasing) federal debt. … more
No self-respecting columnist passes up the obligatory prediction column the first week of the year. So here goes mine. The first test will set the tone for 2019. It’s the lingering 9th … more
It’s no great secret that I have a social media presence. A lot of you have seen the “Joe Weaver, Columnist” Facebook page. I also have a personal Facebook page for my friends and family. … more
By now you are probably fed up with people’s end-of-year lists of the worst and best of for 2018. You probably have had your fill of “New Year’s resolutions” wherein the “resolution” … more
RALEIGH — Want yet more one signal that American politics has changed markedly in the past decade? Look no further than the annual report card issued by the Cato Institute to grade the fiscal … more
One of the great privileges of my life has been meeting a few of my heroes, not to fawn over them with stars in my eyes, but to take them off of the pedestal where I’d placed them. Knowing these … more
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