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All Things Hurricane

Because there hasn’t been enough news on hurricanes this week, I thought I would address the topic here in my weekly musings. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with a lady named Florence in the last … more

Freedom Fosters Culture Of Giving

RALEIGH — When natural disasters or other emergencies hit our state, North Carolinians respond in droves — and I’m not just referring to the crucial and praiseworthy work of our public … more

Trump vs. Obama

Former President Barack Obama made his grand re-entrance onto the public political stage again last week. His speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was designed to inspire … more


RALEIGH — North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican … more

The Post-9/11 Cycle Of Cynicism

Remember. Forget. Repeat. For 17 years, America has engaged in a collective ritual every Sept. 11: Hang flags, light candles, bow heads and make vows to “Never forget.” Then, every Sept. … more

In The Path

We should start a petition for the National Weather Service to eliminate names starting with the letter “F” in naming storms. Fran, Floyd, now Florence have wreaked havoc with property, disrupted … more

Katiedid vs. ...

We ran out of coffee. How could we have let this happen? We knew we were coming to the end. Written in bold black lettering on the dry-erase board mounted on the refrigerator read, quite plainly, … more

Social Justice Or Capitalism?

OK, I heard the message loud and clear. It’s time to tackle a serious topic for a change. A few weeks back, while having a conversation with my friend and harshest critic, Eddy, he suggested the … more

School Disciplinary

The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies … more

9/11: America’s Halcyon Moment

Seventeen years ago, I sat quietly at my desk in the eighth-grade wing of Dunn Middle School, diligently working on the science test scheduled this day. Suddenly, the distant sounds of televisions … more

The Times Erred In Publishing Unsigned Op-Ed

In exceptional circumstances, do you use exceptional measures? That’s a question journalists and the academy are pondering following last Wednesday’s opinion piece penned by a White House … more

It’s Our Constitution — Not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution”: … more
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