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George Harrison’s song of spring is a fitting start to my Sunshine Week salute to everyday heroes bringing light to local government. “Why do you want to know that?” is a question most … more
A few days ago, while pulling into the driveway after a trip to the grocery store with my wife and youngest daughter, Sarah, my wife made the comment, “I don’t know which one of you is going to … more
The Pew Research Center has produced a projected profile of what the American electorate will look like ethnically in the 2020 elections. The portrait shows a continued trend of America becoming … more
The father of the World Wide Web is right: It’s time to take back “complete control of your data.” Tim Berners-Lee, who conceived the first internet browser 30 years ago this week, warned of … more
RALEIGH — In the twilight of his political career, Ronald Reagan made the media rounds to discuss his administration, legacy, and unfinished business. During several of these interviews, Reagan … more
After spending three decades in somewhat darkness, half-blind to everything parenthood, the picture is beginning to come into focus. My wife, Jimena, and I are expecting our first child this … more
Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” An adviser to Rep. Alexandria … more
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton put to rest any rumors that she would run for president a third time. “I’m not running,” she announced. But she added that she intends to remain vocal and … more
I wrote last week about teachers in Harnett County who changed my life through my experiences in the classroom. The response I got to that column makes me realize how much teachers care about their … more
Here’s a good news-bad news story that needs a happy ending. The good news is that as of January our state’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent. When you consider it was 4.5 percent last February … more
RALEIGH — Politicians, educators, parents, and citizens debate education policy constantly not only because it is of crucial importance to our shared futures but also because the field simply … more
As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed watching “Saturday Night Live.” I recall seeing Will Ferrell portray George W. Bush when I was in middle and high school; in my college years, it was … more
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