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Twice rang my cellphone, and in the instant in which I answered, my life was forever changed. My daughter, Emily, was abruptly ushered into her earlier-than-expected existence, on the afternoon of … more
In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment. The budget fails … more
Last week, I was visiting my parents in the home I grew up in. As always, they sent me home with relics of my youth that they found too precious to part with but no longer wanted cluttering their … more
I am a child of the ’60s and grew up in a world pretty much void of major technology. Being born in 1960 and then growing up in an era of the Vietnam Conflict, hippies, Haight-Ashbury, the space … more
With the first round of Democratic Party debates behind us, Americans have now heard from their candidates why they think they should run the country. One theme permeates the messages of all these … more
I admit it, I cannot watch the national news, but I still enjoy the comedic value of some political campaign ads, especially one I recently saw from Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten … more
The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia’s resolution held that the … more
Writing this editorial, I am seated near the back of a Delta aircraft. No complaints, though, because I feel fortunate to be on this plane at all. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am truly … more
WASHINGTON — It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional. They are a clubby set of folks who … more
The Fourth of July has come and gone again. For the first time in 20 years I was off on the holiday. It gave me a little time to think about just what the word patriotism really means. I have … more
RALEIGH — Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re probably right about that, as … more
Gracie is not your average 10-year-old. She’s cunning, crafty, funny and she’s had me wrapped around her finger since the day she was born to my older sister. I didn’t see this plot coming, … more
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