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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed “tax reform” package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is “leaving us broke.” “How,” he wonders, “are we … more
My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something. You see, my father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when paperboys stood on city corners and shouted … more
RALEIGH — While 2017 was a good and productive year for many public and private institutions in North Carolina, it was a tragic year for our prison system. Five staffers were killed by inmates, … more
Happy New Year! We always approach a new year with anticipation, hope and also some worries. Last year was one of the strangest political years I have seen in some time. A new Republican president … more
Since President Trump’s election, dozens of conservative and liberal pundits have offered their opinions on why a Republican billionaire Beltway outsider beat a charter member of the entrenched … more
Maybe, instead of taking down monuments to our past, we should be building new ones. No, I am not suggesting that we fill the courthouse squares with more images of Confederate soldiers. However, … more
As we publish this week, the Republicans are running an ad thanking Donald Trump for letting us say Merry Christmas again. When did we ever stop saying Merry Christmas? What a wash, or another ploy … more
RALEIGH — When Congress enacted tax reform a few weeks ago, the final product bore a striking resemblance to the state tax changes North Carolina’s legislature has enacted since 2013. … more
They’re partying at the Cracker Barrel. Wings are flying out of Hooters. The Olive Garden’s endless breadsticks have been depleted. Wherever Republicans celebrate, cans of Bud Light are being … more
Even before he was president, Donald Trump was clear about how he would prioritize putting constitutionalists on the courts. And now, at the end of 2017, we can see how his presidency is already … more
Our legislators are due to return to Raleigh on Jan. 10, another continuation of the 2017 session they just can’t seem to conclude. The January date was set to spend a day or so passing judicial … more
Most of the gifts exchanged at this time of year are opened on Christmas Day. But this time around, a big one arrived a few days early: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. You’d never know that if you … more
This year, for Christmas, my wife asked for a Crock-Pot. Before you get all riled up and scold me for not getting her something meaningful or sparkly or expensive, remember this one fact: she … more
Happy New Year! How many times have you heard that this past week? It is a brand new year. New opportunities. New chances. Truly, it is a new day. And with all the newness involved in the new … more
For those of us who love ideas, people who can think wonderful thoughts and get them expressed shower us with gifts on New Year’s Day and throughout the year. Following is a shower of gifts that … more
Ahead of a vote in the United Nations’ General Assembly on a resolution condemning U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley … more
Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed a space policy directive to “restore American leadership in space.” To the excitement of many, this directive includes sending men back to the … more
As war continues to be waged over tax reform and the Affordable Care Act, a more subversive battle to eliminate consumer and environmental protections continues to rage. With the stroke of a pen, the … more
RALEIGH — Does Gov. Roy Cooper believe that North Carolina’s tax burden should be $3 billion higher? It’s a fair question to ask given what Charlie Perusse, the governor’s budget director, … more
RALEIGH — Between July 2016 and July of this year, North Carolina added enough people to its population to build a new city the size of Wilmington — an increase of 116,730 people that makes us … more
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