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Kanye And Democrats In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party. My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar’s November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did … more

Thoughts On Another Year

Yesterday marked a notable day for me, when I took one more step toward the half-century mark which I will cross next year. It brought to mind some thoughts on the day all of us celebrate each year, that day we first saw the light of this world on … more

Freedom Is A Growth Strategy

RALEIGH — When pollsters ask voters to list the issues they care about most, economic concerns usually rank high on the list — even when unemployment rates are relatively low. There’s a stolen base here, however. With very few exceptions, … more

The Elites

Tyranny Of The Entitled A relative recently sent me a copy of an essay by William Deresiewicz, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education.” It was published in The American Scholar in 2008. What an eye-opener. Deresiewicz opens his essay … more

Obamacare Is Still Getting Worse

By MICHAEL D. TANNER Speaking at a recent campaign-style rally in Michigan, President Trump declared Obamacare dead. “Essentially, we are getting rid of Obamacare… . Some people would say, essentially, we have gotten rid of it.” Um, … more


New Book Tells Valuable Tales RALEIGH — When explaining modern American conservatism to students, I mix my methods. There are tables and charts. There are lengthy readings from ancient, medieval and modern thinkers. There are philosophical … more

The Rally In Raleigh

The legislature comes to Raleigh Wednesday for the “short session” and opening day promises to be far more exciting than most years. Lawmakers will be greeted by crowds of teachers and educators, projected to be as large as 10,000, showing up to … more

Kicking George Washington Out Of Church

My wife and I were docents of Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., when I worked in nearby Washington, D.C., a city named for a former parishioner. Yes, George Washington went to church there. As I used to explain to tourists, he had even helped get … more

‘Pork Parade’ Keeps Going

Speaking of government spending and transparency, credit the group Open the Books with creating a website that maps by ZIP Code every government grant doled out by Washington. The pork parade is quite impressive, if not frustratingly maddening. … more


For The Week Of May 11-17 . The Woman’s Club met at the clubhouse for its last regular monthly meeting of the club year before adjourning for the summer. Spring flowers decorated the house, provided by Mrs. T.H. Sansom of the decorating … more

Do Robots Threaten Us?

The idea of robots taking over the world is a running theme in the sci-fi world. In the real world, many have lost their jobs to automation. Automobile factories used to have thousands of workers, now they have hundreds. Most people have accepted … more


Obstructionists Whether you like him or whether you don’t, every time Donald Trump nominates somebody they’ll try to smear him and won’t vote for him. Democrats are boycotting and won’t vote for him. If I was the Republicans, the next … more
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