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The Doug Jones victory over Roy Moore gave an added boost to an already motivated Democratic base. It showed that Democrats can actually win in red states. While they got close in a number of special … more
The government took over health care, and we all know how that turned out. Under Barack Obama, it tried to get its hands on the internet too — a power grab that spooked people in every corner of … more
Elvis sang about it with the words, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,” but the feelings which are the antithesis to 99 percent of the rest of Christmas sentiment are not really that … more
My family has numerous memories of visiting our grandparents on their Anson County farm during the Christmas vacation. Some years we would make the trip a couple of days before Christmas and spend … more
I went out not long ago to buy a replacement for a product I had used for years. I had purchased a few of them over the years and even once bought a few of them to have on hand so I didn’t have to … more
Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down. According to Business Insider, Senate Republicans included an amendment to their tax … more
RALEIGH — Among the pagan-inspired customs of the Christmas season now appears to be the ritualistic burning of the straw man. Specifically, I refer to the traditional seasonal column by a sly … more
Put down the nog. Let in the dog. Delay your spouse’s jog. Buy a mask for the smog. Alert the press in Prague. Because the eagerly awaited list of Top 10 Comedic News Stories of the Year has … more
At this festive time of year, it is good to remember those who will probably never again personally experience “city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style.” Individuals who are … more
Went to see my 10-year-old niece, Layla Ragland, in her school’s Christmas program, “We Three Spies,” last week. She had a starring role as the Scrooge-like landlord, Mrs. Harriet King, who did … more
With unemployment at a 17-year low and the stock market at an all-time high, 2.2 million new jobs created in 11 months, pro-U.S. Constitution judges packing the justice system, and Planned Parenthood … more
In my communications in The Wilson Times, I have sought to hold President Donald J. Trump to a standard that has been established by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the other 17 amendments to … more
Do we need a third major political party? I often joke that I’d be happy if we actually had a second party, as when it comes to the big issues — war, monetary policy, civil liberties — the … more
You forgot somebody, didn’t you? Somebody who is expecting a present from you? And now, remembering, you have no idea what to give, do you? Here are some thoughts from my recent … more
RALEIGH — State lawmakers had a rare moment of bipartisan unity recently. Everyone, it seemed, was outraged about a state-funded healthcare agency that was paying its CEO a $635,000 … more
According to a recent survey conducted by NBC News and GenForward, 71 percent of millennials believe America needs a third political party. That sentiment varies with race, sex and current party … more
There are moments when you just know that history is being made and the recent revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment indicate we are in such an historic time. Proof came when Time … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina is urbanizing. One of its urban areas, Charlotte, has an extensive transit system that includes rail lines. Another urban area, the Triangle, is currently embarking on a … more
I finally get why President Trump tweets. Even though I often disagree with what he tweets and how he tweets it, the president has no choice. Tweeting is how he controls, or steers, the media … more
Christmas trees are appearing in homes, yards, businesses, parks, churches and schools all around us as the season builds and excites children and adults. Tree styles are too numerous to count, … more
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