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People often refer to the United States as a democracy, but technically speaking, that’s not true. It’s a republic. Big deal, you say? If you care about your rights, it is. The Founding … more
RALEIGH — Isn’t “modern conservatism” a contradiction in terms? That’s one of the questions I received after teaching a seminar at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy … more
Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and … more
When I take questions after the scores of presentations I make across the state each year, there is one question I can always count on — what is the country going to do about the national debt? … more
Our students need to be able to read proficiently by the end of third grade. If they can’t by then, they will likely always be working to catch up in school instead of excelling. Sounds … more
During Women’s History Month, I would like to acknowledge 55 percent of the 1st Congressional District’s voters — women. Durham-based women have achieved a 101 percent pay rate of their … more
N.C. GAZETTEER William S. Powell of the North Carolina Collection in the University of North Carolina Library has a new book in mind. There are all sorts of books about North Carolina, but there … more
Farm life is hard work and serious business. It requires planning, perseverance and constant attention to large jobs as well as to details. Mingled with all the planning and hard work are those … more
I’m mad at the cat. I probably shouldn’t be, but I am. It can be argued that I should not be angry at the cat because when he was doing what he was doing, he was just being a cat. He was … more
Have you ever thought of running for the North Carolina legislature but didn’t think you had the skills or money? Perhaps you threw up your hands in frustration saying it is hopeless in so many … more
We have come to a juncture in our political regression where a real meeting of patriotic minds must occur. It is time to face the real facts about our great nation and the administration that is in … more
On April 20, 1999, two students attacked Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 21 more. Three weeks ago, a former student did the same thing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in … more
RALEIGH — Tariffs are taxes. They have always been. So when President Donald Trump announced plans to impose costly tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum into the United States, he was … more
Politico reports on a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, from more than two-dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus requesting an investigation into “the … more
As another dreaded Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone, I must admit I avoided watching once again just as I have done for the past couple of decades. Thus, I was able to ignore all the … more
In 2016 Denzel Washington produced, directed and starred in a movie entitled “Fences” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name written by August Wilson. It is a period-based … more
The latest Elon University poll contains disturbing — but not surprising — results. More people know the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers than the names of either of our U.S. … more
RALEIGH — The #MeToo movement has hit North Carolina’s legislature — a place that’s so far ill-equipped to handle sexual harassment allegations against powerful lawmakers. Democratic Party … more
Billy Graham’s death and memorial service brought back memories of a column I wrote about North Carolina’s “public intellectuals” 16 years ago. I had noticed a book by Richard A. Posner … more
RALEIGH — After years of trying but failing to block the implementation of conservative policies in Raleigh, the state’s progressive movement has a new rhetorical theme: North Carolina’s recent … more
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