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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

Tax Reform Driving Economic Boom

Ronald Reagan once remarked, “whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off.” As it turns out, Dutch’s assessment remains true today. Nine months ago, Congress delivered … more

Tailgating A Family Tradition

There are a lot of traditions in the South that continue for generations. Nothing makes southerners happier than carrying on something their parents did before them and their children will likely do … more

Sex-Abuse Crisis

The sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is not going away any time soon. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike are shocked and repulsed at what was revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury … more

N.C. Economy

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new jobs, with our job-creation rate … more

Death Be Not Loud

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John … more

Peeling The Health Care Onion

State Treasurer Dale Folwell administers the State Health Plan, the largest in our state. Folwell believes his office should know what various procedures cost his 700,000 present and retired state … more

Katiedid vs. ...

“Will you be taking the kids?” my childless friend asked. “I will,” I gulped. A 22-hour flight with little ones didn’t sound ideal to me, either. “Ew. No offense, but this is … more

Taking A Break

Six weeks ago I suffered a “closed fracture of the distal radius with a side of ulna,” a broken wrist for those of you keeping score at home. I am still sporting a colorful purple cast — scaled … more

Our General Assembly Is Delivering For Harnett County

Quietly, but solidly, over the last eight years, the North Carolina General Assembly has delivered positive changes for residents of Harnett County. While it may not lead the local news broadcasts or … more
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