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RALEIGH — For many months now, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly have been at an impasse. The legislature enacted a state budget plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year … more
Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise. There have been rumors, but that organization isn’t alone, as industry ad revenues have … more
As I sit here, on my bed, we are having our carpet cleaned in the other room. The carpet cleaner, a man we will refer to as CeeCee, knocked on our door a little past 9 a.m. He has the mustache of … more
I happened to listen the other day to then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s opening remarks in his debate with then-Vice President Richard Nixon during the 1960 presidential election cycle. Kennedy, the … more
Anytime I decide to skip the important topics of the day to write about myself or events in my own life my most beloved critics give me the third degree about the fact no one reads this column to … more
The John Bolton I experienced at Duke’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected. My impressions of the former national security adviser were that he was highly … more
A recent Pew Research Center survey finds that only half of American adults think colleges and universities are having a positive effect on our nation. The leftward political bias, held by faculty … more
How many times have you found yourself at a loss for words. I mean really, what does that phrase really translate into in real life. Of course, there are times when we can’t find the appropriate … more
After three weeks of looking at politics and well-known people who left us too soon, it’s time to turn back to my real purpose of this column, to bring a smile to the face of readers, as well as my … more
Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox’s Sean Illing last week after Carville’s doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people’s attention. In his … more
I, like most people, I imagine, have a love-hate relationship with the big bulk stores — you know, Costco, Sam’s Club, the stores so large that they usually sit on a street named after them, the … more
The disproportionate number of African American special guests hosted by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address made clear how very serious he is about courting the support of this … more
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