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RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats have never opposed lowering taxes on big business. You may hear a lot of rhetoric to the contrary during the election cycle. Here’s why, to borrow a phrase, you … more
Can the experience of world-renowned musician and North Carolina native Joseph Robinson contribute to North Carolina’s ongoing dialogue about the purpose and value of higher education? You be … more
“Fill ‘er up, please, and check the oil and water.” Regardless of your age, you probably haven’t heard that statement in quite a while, at least not in the context as it was used during … more
Two decades ago I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. … more
What in the world has happened and is happening to values we once truly called American? Apologizing is an American value taught from bottom to top of every American cultural strata. Apologizing … more
RALEIGH — By the time you see how legislators want to spend your tax dollars, it will be too late to offer any feedback on the budget plan. That’s because — for the first time in anyone’s … more
RALEIGH — In North Carolina and across the country, rank-and-file Democrats are counting on a big blue wave to wash over congressional, legislative and local elections this year, as well as over … more
Sorrow so deep that it can be seen but not said. “Strong men grasped each other’s hand, none able to express their sympathy to the bereft except by look.” A tide of sorrow swept over the … more
After hearing what is apparently taking place, we have to ask why we even need 170 members in the General Assembly. We could save millions of dollars, free up lots of office space and greatly … more
It is infuriating to write what feels like the same piece. Multiple times, in way too rapid succession. But here we go again…a shooting, a white male perpetrator, a rejection and … more
Every Memorial Day, we remember those who died during active military service. But the day gives us a special opportunity to serve those who serve us. According to the Department of Veterans … more
COLEMAN FAMILY The following records indicate that the Coleman family anciently settled in our area had come from Nansemond County, Virginia. On Dec. 15, 1739, William Coleman, son of Robert … more
For centuries, scholars have marched in robes and hats of one kind or another to symbolize academic achievement. Sources indicate that as early as the 12th century, ceremonies have been held to … more
By now you should have seen it: “Avengers: Infinity War,” the 19th Marvel movie in half as many years and the culmination of all those years of storytelling — at least from a certain … more
A week from now, our younger daughter is going to graduate high school. There’s a lot of this going on these days. It’s that time of year. My Facebook feed is filled with examples of … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina continues to be a popular destination for people across the country — and around the world — who are looking for a great place to live, work, invest, rear families and … more
In 2014, more than two years before he became secretary of defense, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis addressed an audience of war veterans for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Mattis told the … more
I recently overheard my friend, the proud parent of a newborn child, talking excitedly about his new son, as well he should. He said casually, but jokingly, “I guess I’ll have to start saving … more
Election Day is nearly six months away, and conventional wisdom decrees that Democrats will surf a blue wave and seize the House of Representatives. But I’m not so sure. On paper, there are … more
The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same. The modern prom, reports Slate, “may be traced to the Ivy League and the annual tradition of a ‘presentation week,’ during … more
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