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It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building, but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts … more
RALEIGH — Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely … more
RALEIGH — No doubt envious of all the attention federal politicians are getting in our chaotic nation’s capital, North Carolina’s political leaders have set off a constitutional controversy of their own. In December, the General … more
North Carolina is failing far too many children, especially those “at risk.” Few dispute that conclusion, but fewer still agree on solutions to the problem. The Emerging Issues Forum has never shied away from significant and sometimes … more
This week, I bought a new polo shirt. It’s nothing exciting, really. Each of you knows what a polo shirt looks like. It’s orange, cotton, and has a two-button placket. I prefer a three-button placket, but they are getting hard to come … more
It is no secret that farm families have always worked hard to provide produce and other products for people who live in town. Around here in addition to tobacco, farmers took cotton, corn, soybeans, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat to be sold in … more
One year ago, on Feb. 9, 2016, the Nashville Police Department became the first in the state of North Carolina to implement a program called the Hope Initiative. For those with substance use disorder who were seeking treatment, our promise was, and … more
RALEIGH — These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because … more
RALEIGH — In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom. How oppressive had the state become? No matter how you chose to … more
There is an old stereotype of the man who writes for a newspaper. He is grizzled and tired, graying at the temples and possessing a five o’clock shadow so coarse it could sand even the hardest wood. His shirtsleeves are rolled up and his … more
Now and then we see a list or passage describing words, phrases or pronunciations that were used in years past, adding interest and spice to local language. Some people may find these expressions funny or amusing, yet they reflect the way many … more
RALEIGH — Visit your old neighborhood and you might find most things look the same. The trees may be taller, there may be a new porch or a repainted house, but there’s enough physical similarity to evoke old memories. It’s … more
In my short lifetime, I have witnessed many things through the news and my surroundings. I have seen fighting for world peace but starting war instead, hunger and poverty close to home and far away and limited education for the homeless and poor … more
Many of you may be wondering what we are doing here today. Not in the sense of why we gathered here today, but wondering what is the exact purpose of our lives, our souls and existence, as an entity of this earth. If we were to place ourselves in … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a profound leader. He inspired others to speak up, join in and take a stand for what they believe in, and his legacy continues to inspire today. Dr. King was able to peacefully take a stand for equal rights — and … more
Trips to our Anson County grandparents’ house were always a treat for my siblings and me, but the midwinter visit had its own charm. We usually left Wilson on a late-January Saturday and arrived in time for a noon meal, which we thought was … more
I heard someone comment the other day about their daughter, who is a student at a pretty prestigious university. Their daughter was the valedictorian at her high school, snagged a scholarship to the university that provided a free pass for all four … more
RALEIGH — Here’s the good news: North Carolina’s state budget is solidly in the black. From July to December, the first six months of the fiscal year, General Fund revenues are up 4 percent over the same time last year. At the … more
RALEIGH — School officials say they need more money to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the legislature so, to exert political leverage on lawmakers, they’re citing the dreadful cuts they’ll have to make without a new infusion of … more
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