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On Sept. 5, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Ro Khanna of California announced a new bill intended to claw back $150 billion per year in public assistance costs as tax revenues. Because … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican … more
PLAINS, Ga. — The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly … more
The way North Carolina governs alcoholic spirits must change, for myriad reasons. It breeds favoritism and corruption. It’s archaic, monopolistic and, when comparing the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage … more
One of the things I like best about living in a small town is that people tend to be kind, generous and … more
We should start a petition for the National Weather Service to eliminate names starting with the letter “F” in naming storms. Fran and Floyd have wreaked havoc with property, disrupted … more
As meteorologists update forecasts regarding the effects of Hurricane Florence, most business leaders are waiting to make a decision on operating. The one key factor in all the decisions, though, is … more
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. What are some of the facts about prostate cancer, and what do you and your family need to know? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in … more
Many people are not only fascinated by strange and unusual facts about almost everything; some also have the time to spend reading and researching the items, many of which can be found online. I … more
State Treasurer Dale Folwell administers the State Health Plan, the largest in our state. Folwell believes his office should know what various procedures cost his 700,000 present and retired state … more
We know that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other school-related factor, including services, facilities and leadership. Yet for years we’ve forced teachers to work in a broken … more
Ronald Reagan once remarked, “whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off.” As it turns out, Dutch’s assessment remains true today. Nine months ago, Congress delivered … more
RALEIGH — Wealthy North Carolinians pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than do middle-income North Carolinians, who in turn have a higher effective tax rate than the poor. This is a … more
I love Lindsay Graham. The witty South Carolina senator, who’s usually more entertaining than most comedians, has been one of the highlights of the otherwise depressing televised Senate … more
Last weekend, my wife and I drove to Raleigh to have lunch with friends. We drove up early, wanting to go to the big flea market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. We figured we would do a little … more
You may never guess it, but being a pastor (at least the way I do it) is a constant stream of writing something, building something or creating something, whether it is a story, program, concept or … more
Labor Day is a welcome break, a holiday between July Fourth and Thanksgiving and a great time for a leisurely day trip through the countryside. Since my husband Fred had not been to Henderson for … more
There is not a faster route to North Carolina’s political graveyard than an appointment as commissioner of motor vehicles. Most commissioners are predisposed to failure because they have no … more
Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another “regime change” operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new jobs, with our job-creation rate … more
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