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Modern Conservatism Is An Alliance

RALEIGH — Isn’t “modern conservatism” a contradiction in terms? That’s one of the questions I received after teaching a seminar at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy titled “Modern Conservatism and Policy.” No, … more

Home Schooling Is Not a Crime

It’s elementary. Education control freaks will use any excuse to crack down on competition. With two million K-12 students now educated at home (including our 9th grade son), the temptation to exploit the most marginal cases of alleged child abuse … more

Nancy Pelosi: Sham ‘Shero’

Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero” is, and always has been, a sham. But after her incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press” defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al … more

North Carolina Finally In The Hunt

For years, North Carolina could do little more than watch from the sidelines when the courtship of giant automakers and other manufacturers grew intense. We were stymied by a lack of readily available incentive money, or a clumsy legislature too … more

Moral Values

Customs vs. Laws I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth — namely, … more

For Now, We’re All Texans

Hurricane Fran in 1996 and last year’s Hurricane Matthew were bad, especially Fran. Widespread power outages, damage to homes and businesses. And 27 fatalities either directly or indirectly caused by Fran. But looking at what our fellow … more

Not So Long Ago,You Could Go Anywhere Easily

Here I go again, dating and aging myself, but it’s worth it to pass along a few more tales from the past. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you didn’t get an electronic device of some kind for Christmas when you were younger? Uh … more


A Good Deed As I waited patiently in line at the Hardee’s drive-through in Dunn there was a white SUV in front me; a lady was driving and a young lady was in the back seat. We exchanged waves several times before she pulled off and I pulled … more

MLK Was An Example Too Many Are Not Following

Martin Luther King Jr. died 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968, but he is not dead to me, not in what he did, not in what he achieved. While he hardly made it go away, he took the dread of American racism, and, out of his Christian love, his patriotism, … more


Inadequate Prevention More information has been released about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. Armed with a gas mask, smoke grenades, a Smith and Wesson … more

EPA Must Do Better With Drinking Water

It shouldn’t be this way, but ensuring our drinking water is safe will require a long and persistent effort. A modest but important step was taken recently when the EPA announced it would begin working with other federal and state agencies to … more

Woodward To Media: ‘Calm It Down’

Eyes roll in the White House press corps whenever President Trump talks about “fake news.” And in defense of my fellow ink-stained wretches, most of the news isn’t fake at all. But too many news reports from both print and broadcast … more
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