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It’s surprising that a White House incapable of organizing a two-car funeral — if you believe the mainstream liberal media — is presiding over the most robust economy the U.S. has had in years. … more
The change of leaves this fall also will bring about changes within the Wilson ABC Store system. Wilson County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board General Manager Larry Etheridge said the store in … more
What explains the staying power of Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the film that starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch? For some it is its poignant story of Jean Louise or … more
RALEIGH — Will Democrats deliver a punishing blow to Republicans in this year midterm elections in North Carolina or will the much-vaunted “blue wave” prove to be more of a ripple? No one … more
Best-case scenario: Robert Higdon and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement owe North Carolina a lengthy explanation. Worst-case scenario: They owe us all an apology. Such is the confusion … more
The latest round of American boycott/buycott enthusiasm centers on Nike’s new marketing campaign, which features former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — central figure of the … more
It happened once again with Hurricane Florence. Whenever North Carolina is in crisis — such as with storms or other catastrophes — we collectively rise to the occasion. Politics, rivalries and … more
As I’ve noted in a couple of recent columns, Americans from all walks of life have reason to be grateful for last year’s tax cuts. They’ve proved to be quite a boon. The ink was hardly dry … more
On Tuesday of this week, my husband and I traveled to Hampstead, North Carolina, near Wilmington, to help our daughter and her family with issues following Hurricane Florence. On the way there, we … more
If you are a regular reader of my column, you probably realize that this sometimes becomes a self-serving tool for my under-appreciated opinions elsewhere, for ideas for which I have no other outlet … more
If you would have asked me a week and a half ago if I knew I was going on forced vacation, I would have called you crazy. Of course, at that time, Hurricane Florence was just a possible threat … more
RALEIGH — Do you want to hear some good news? For many readers across North Carolina who are still suffering from or cleaning up after the ravages of Hurricane Florence, some good news might be a … more
There’s a question going around on Facebook this week about the amount of cups of coffee a person drinks in a month. My number is 60 — two cups a day. I make a cup when I wake up in the … more
It’s a natural question to ask every time the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks rolls around: Are we safer now than we were then? The short answer is yes. We are. But there’s a huge caveat … more
Wow, what a week! My family vacation was last week in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Yes, we knew that Hurricane Florence was coming, but we were hopeful it would turn north and spare the South … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been in existence and I have known about it for as far back as I can recall. Although it has served a valuable purpose for me by being used on thousands of … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
The North Carolina General Assembly has correctly focused on raising salaries for teachers during the past six years while compensation for principals and assistant principals left our state at or … more
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