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“You have five minutes after checking in to ask for a refund. Requests after five minutes will not be granted.” Blinking, I read the sign again as the motel cashier charged my credit card. … more
There’s a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes. When economic policy is the topic, we think about taxes, government … more
Well it’s officially December now, and my hometown of Erwin will have held its annual Christmas parade on Monday night, officially kicking off the Christmas season for the residents of Erwin. Each … more
RALEIGH — I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two … more
This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme … more
Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the … more
Ok, sports fans, we have made it. We are in the holiday season once again. We are at a time when we often forget exactly what this season is about. I hope to use this space to remind us. The … more
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower… and paid a price for it. It was in 10th grade chemistry. After we learned about the periodic tables I was lost. Who … more
RALEIGH — During 2018, North Carolina lost some 338,000 private-sector jobs, or 9.1 percent of the total. Did you happen to notice this economic catastrophe? I doubt it, because North Carolina … more
“Oh, my Godzilla! You still have that mutant suitcase?” my friend said, mouth agape, when she saw my packed luggage — specifically, my soft, flimsy but impossibly huge gray suitcase. “When … more
Students stormed the football field at halftime at the Harvard-Yale game and held things up for about an hour, demanding that the schools divest holdings in fossil fuels investments. The … more
Former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that racism in America is “foundational” and that people of color were under “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White … more
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