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Our Rules Of The Game: U.S. Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into … more

All Of This Is So Darn Confusing, Just Leave Well Enough Alone

For just a few moments I would like to make some comments about the overreaction to the nominee President Trump made recently to replace an outgoing member of the Supreme Court. All of this … more

Music More Important Than We Realize

I have recently come to the realization that music is a lot more important in our lives than we might realize. I say this not because I have a great knowledge of music in any way or the ability to … more


President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has predictably produced apoplexy on the left. Their certainty — and … more

Case For Incentives Strikes Out

RALEIGH — North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted economic incentives. I have my own view on the subject, which I’ll share later in this … more

North Carolina

RALEIGH — If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least three ways you could respond. You could question what I mean by … more

Following The Stars: Youth Tournaments Illuminate Purity Of Sport

Since June 22, our young area athletes have been engaged in baseball and softball tournaments around the state. From Raeford to Pembroke, Laurinburg to Lumberton and Hope Mills to Kenansville, … more

Killing Snakes

Ever since that episode in Eden’s garden, the one where humans were enticed into eating the forbidden fruit, serpents have been considered the lowest of creatures. Most loathe the slithering … more

Katiedid Vs. ...

I’ve been away from home for much of the past month for weddings and work meetings. On the way to the airport, my brother mused that he hopes I don’t return to a home infested with snakes. Since … more

Regarding Life

As we enter into what surely will be another contentious confirmation process for a new Supreme Court justice, let’s consider underlying realities that deeply divide us and make it so hard to agree … more

Calgon, Take Me Away

If you have ever lived and worked in Erwin, you know the first two weeks in July is summer vacation season. I guess the tradition of summer vacations around the Fourth of July started many years ago … more

The Third Branch

I learned the three branches of government from D.G. Gomedella, my 11th-grade civics teacher. I remember he emphasized how easy it was to forget the importance of the Supreme Court. Many … more
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