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I love the Thanksgiving service when the congregation sings “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” and “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” Usually, the … more
RALEIGH — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the … more
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is under attack — disguised as a cry for “reform” — from politicians on both sides of the “major-party” … more
The election cycle is over, even as it seems to drag on indefinitely. There is a lot of rhetoric right now around election integrity and claims of fraud. And that makes it easy to lose sight of just … more
Years spent at Ralph L. Fike Senior High School were more pivotal than we knew back then. Those years sent a large portion of the senior class on a path that continues to this day. A large group of … more
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and I sincerely hope you are doing well in these unusual times.  As you make up your holiday gift list, I do hope you will consider a few … more
RALEIGH — In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to place it fully in charge of North Carolina government. The … more
New North Carolina collided with Old North Carolina in the 2020 election. It was a split decision. The battle goes on. New N.C. — younger voters, Blacks, urban residents, suburban women and … more
The final two months of the year are traditionally filled with opportunities to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. Of course, 2020 has been anything but a traditional year, thanks in no … more
In four days, a once-obscure social network that’s been around since 2018 saw its user base swell by 4.5 million people, claimed the top spot on smartphone app download charts and trolled … more
Once in a while, I get an email or a letter from a reader asking if I have read a particular columnist or author.  A lot of the time I have read that person’s work and gotten … more
Did you know that Wilson Community College awards more $100,000 in scholarships each year?  The WCC Foundation awards scholarships to students every fall semester. Typically, we hold an … more
I’ve been reading my mother’s Bible lately, and it’s been a beautiful experience. I grew up with this Bible having a permanent place on our coffee table. I always thought of it as a display … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has just been reelected. It’s an outcome his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory, were unable to … more
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my not-too-considerable years on this rock we call Earth, it’s that when I ponder things too long, I get myself in trouble. My wife, and her … more
Gov. Roy Cooper did something this election that North Carolina’s last two governors couldn’t do: win a second term. Now he may have to do something no governor has done in nearly 30 … more
The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 19. This annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is held every year on the third Thursday of November. Smokers are challenged to give up … more
RALEIGH — Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all. Or so I thought. Until 2020 came along. It’s not that I … more
As tallies trickled in from battleground states, one outcome was clear after election night: America is going to pot. Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana approved ballot initiatives to … more
There’s an old joke that says if 10 economists are lined up and asked their forecasts for next year, there will be 10 different answers. Indeed, I’ve been in programs with other … more
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