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Back in 1897, an 8-year-old girl, prompted by naysaying friends, wrote The New York Sun wanting the truth about the existence of Santa Claus. Today that letter might be answered by apparent … more
RALEIGH — How should we respond to the urban-rural divide? The question has legions of politicians, scholars, journalists and businesses scrambling for answers. I respect their efforts. But I … more
Well it’s that time of year again. Wherever my hometown of Erwin holds its annual Christmas parade the first Monday of every December I know without a shadow of a doubt the Christmas season is … more
Amid this holiday season of reflection, I’m thinking about America’s future. A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their … more
A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 … more
If there’s one thing for certain this time of year, there is going to be something to do. Whether it’s going to a parade or tree lighting, heading to the store for the gifts you have yet to buy … more
There are few people in the world more important than U.S presidents. This becomes more clear when they pass away and I am reminded of that again this week as a nation remembers the 41st person to … more
The New York Times recently ran an article titled “How China Walled off the Internet.” In it, author Raymond Zhong starts by quoting former President Bill Clinton, who once described China’s … more
RALEIGH — Whether your frame of reference is a country, a government, a business, or your own household, being better off in the long run requires patience and discipline in the short run. To have … more
Our nation is under attack, in the midst of a hard-fought battle against the Opioid Epidemic. Many North Carolinians are suffering and struggling with opioid addiction, and Harnett County is no … more
Instead of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house we traveled east this Thanksgiving. It was comforting to see that most of the furniture, downed trees and debris that had … more
This was my first Thanksgiving in six years without pregnancy pants. I’ve never actually been pregnant on Thanksgiving, but surely that’s beside the point. Pregnancy pants, as I’ve noted … more
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