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The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a much-anticipated report on greenhouse gas emissions. It contains some great news. Between 2015 and 2016 — the last year measured — U.S. … more
In 1965, UNC student Al Ribak wrote a letter to the editors of the Daily Tar Heel entitled, “Silent Sam Should Leave.” Fifty-three years later, Silent Sam is gone — brought … more
Jonathan Jasper (Jack) Sullivan and wife Bertha Phillips Sullivan were married on Jan. 25, 1909 in the home of the bride at Route 1, Selma. He was 19 and she was 17. Jack was born May, 22, 1889 … more
Peripheral arterial disease develops when arteries become completely or partially blocked with plaque deposits that limit blood flow to legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries … more
Exploitation of people in North Carolina come in many forms — from forced labor to commercial sex — and it is with great disappointment that I must say the General Assembly has rescinded three … more
He is like the houseguest who stays too long, and then when he’s finally gone, you miss him a little bit. I am talking about Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial statue whose hundred-plus-year … more
North Carolina is about to undertake the greatest revolution in health care since the 1965 advent of Medicaid and Medicare. And yes, that includes Obamacare. North Carolina will soon become the … more
RALEIGH — As elementary and secondary schools open their doors across North Carolina for the 2018-19 academic year, the cumulative effects of some 20 years of school-choice initiatives are … more
Last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t come wrapped in shiny paper and a bow, but it might as well have. It’s like a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. First came the raises and … more
Gene Roddenberry is fairly widely known to have pulled a fast one on network censors during the late 1960s by addressing all kinds of pertinent issues of the times in his legacy future universe in … more
It’s been a few weeks since Cooper has been mentioned in this column and he has become rather perturbed. He was online the other day and discovered I had written a column about Hobbs, the cat from … more
Dear Students, Many of you have already started back to school; others will begin the new school year in a couple of days. Our community wants this year to be the best year you have ever … more
RALEIGH — In the aftermath of a scathing report from State Auditor Beth Wood about mismanagement in North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control warehouse, some state lawmakers are renewing calls … more
The apple is a symbol of knowledge and education, and giving an apple to a teacher is a time-honored tradition, especially at back-to-school time. As we start a new school year, … more
One of the most insidious ways politicians expand government is by creating new programs to “solve” problems created by politicians. For example, government interference in health care … more
If you tell a lie long enough and often enough, people will eventually believe it. That certainly seems to be the theory behind trying to convince people that the press is filled with fake news and … more
Let’s examine the word “nice,” a short, simple, easy-to-pronounce word we use frequently. Nice has numerous connotations and is extremely versatile. Not only can the word mean many … more
Wilson Medical Center and the Wilson County Health Department are partnering again this year to offer a Maternity & Breastfeeding Fair to the community. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, … more
When the courts rule against laws our legislature has passed, which they often do, it never seems to enter lawmakers’ minds that those rulings are because of their own wrongheaded notions. Nope. … more
In mid-August, the New Haven (Connecticut) Register reports, more than 70 people suddenly fell ill at a local park, collapsing and losing consciousness. Terror attack? Accidental industrial … more
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