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In a new Gallup poll, 35 percent say government is the worst problem facing the U.S. In the 55 years that Gallup has asked the question — “What do you think is the most important problem facing … more
A few weeks back during the last government shutdown, I predicted the shutdown would end soon and the president would feel the pressure to accept a deal that would absolutely do nothing to secure our … more
I’m going to be a dad! That’s right, this stumbling, bumbling knucklehead is bringing a baby into our big, big world. My wife, Jimena, and I are expecting our first child this fall. According … more
Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults — slavery and tariffs. … more
There are times in everyone’s life when they try to make the best out of the worst, and I’m no exception. Trying to make up for it when things go sour, on the other hand, can often do more damage … more
TAR HEEL EDITORS SPEAK OUT Under the guise of preventing mass shootings, North Carolina lawmakers tried to chip away at the Second Amendment this week. State Rep. Christy Clark, D-Mecklenburg, … more
Now a 20-year veteran of the newspaper business, I have seen some places and met some people. I’ve seen presidents, sports heroes and even a world-famous movie star, up close and personal. The fact … more
The proposed DMV move brings to mind one of the old “Three Stooges” comedies, the one where one of the zany trio says, “I’ve cut this board three times and it’s still too short.” Our … more
RALEIGH — I was born in Charlotte. But I grew up in rural Mecklenburg County. There used to be such a place — and, indeed, quite a few such places still exist in our increasingly urbanized … more
“What’s your pleasure practice?” my friend Lynn asked. We were sitting in a cafe having coffee together. And by “together,” I mean I was drinking coffee, which practically landed on her … more
Frankly, the last thing my family will want to see from me this week is another political-related column. Unfortunately, life for me has been pretty dull over the past couple of weeks. Whenever life … more
President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare: “Tonight we renew our resolve … more
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