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Recent discussions concerning the South Granville Water & Sewer Authority and poor water quality have many feeling frustrated. Having been one of those at the table when SGWASA was created, my … more
As attorney general, protecting North Carolinians is my top priority. My dedicated colleagues at the North Carolina Department of Justice and I have been hard at work in 2019 to protect the people in … more
Thanksgiving, for many people, is not a single day but a season, a remembrance of heritage, a way of life. As we recall our American heritage, we think of how Native Americans were present at what … more
During the 1990s and early 2000s, urban elections were an arena of robust partisan politics in North Carolina. Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and other major cities elected … more
Medicaid expansion has been talked about since the governor vetoed the state budget over this issue. I would like to share some of my thoughts on the subject. Medicaid expansion is a complex issue … more
With just 45 words, the founders guaranteed five — no, six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting … more
About this time last year, progressive activists and Democratic politicians were trumpeting the news that North Carolina was 49th in the country in friendliness to teachers, according to a study by … more
Last week, when this column was posted on the Facebook page of one of the newspapers in which it appears, a reader took time out of his busy schedule to comment on the post. I am sure it was a … more
The U.S. Navy confirms that three online videos showing two military air encounters with what it calls “unexplained aerial phenomena,” and the rest of us call “unidentified flying objects” … more
Before coming to work for North Carolina Cooperative Extension I worked in the retail nursery industry. I enjoyed helping customers pick out that perfect plant for that perfect spot, although the … more
It began with flubs. It ended in fury. And it made North Carolina politics even more rancorous and destructive. I’m referring, of course, to a 55-9 vote in the House last week to override Gov. Roy … more
Last week’s special congressional races in North Carolina show that both Republicans and Democrats face big dilemmas in 2020. The difference is that Democrats have a choice about what to do, but … more
We’re in the middle of hurricane season, so now is the time to plan what you would do if a hurricane hit us. These same suggestions can be used to be prepared for any type of disaster — natural … more
High-speed broadband internet service is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity for students to research and do homework, for businesses to conduct commerce, for telemedicine in underserved areas and … more
Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in North Carolina and across our country has reached epidemic proportions. When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were … more
Being in this wonderful business of being all in everyone else’s business, I get to talk to people a lot, and even more importantly I get to hear people’s views on the world and the people in it … more
Many of us are familiar with the song/poem, “pickin’ up paw paws, put ‘em in your pocket …”, but how many of us actually know what a pawpaw is? Pawpaw trees (Asimina triloba), are native … more
For more than a month, the Republican party majority in the General Assembly has held the state budget hostage by refusing to negotiate with Gov. Cooper and legislative Democrats. The fact is that … more
This month we were again shaken by horrific shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Pain and fear has struck the hearts of the American people and the reverberations are sweeping our nation … more
On June 23, my family and I took a day trip from our home in Greensboro to the town of Louisburg in order to meet Will Hinton, a professor of art at Louisburg College whose great-great grandfather … more
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