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When I think of Persia, I think of rich colors, intricate designs and my one-time cat with her luxurious white fur and amber eyes. Beautiful, hand-knotted Persian rugs have long been a mainstay of … more
In this New Year, there is a widespread assumption among North Carolina politicos that state policymakers will do little of consequence. Instead, they will position themselves for the pivotal 2020 … more
Ready to enjoy a way of eating that is great tasting and good for you? Then the simple, delicious and satisfying Mediterranean way of eating may be right for you. Join the NC Cooperative Extension, … more
I remember one Christmas more than all the others. Thinking of it now almost 60 years later, surrounded by new generations of healthy family members, I wonder if it might not also have been the … more
As 1914 drew to a close, Europe had been at war for months. On the Western front, opposing armies faced each other across a stalemated front line running from the North Sea to the Swiss border. On … more
Imagine the Bethlehem Christmas story set in a shopping mall in eastern North Carolina. Think of a pet store in that mall as a manger scene and the manager of the store as a Joseph figure who … more
It requires a certain kind of person to think that a 300-page policy report could ever resolve a longstanding political dispute. I fear that, in my early days as a journalist and think-tank analyst, … more
When I picked up my granddaughter from school Friday afternoon, it was dreary and raining. I asked her if she wanted to finish up some Christmas shopping or go home and make some cookies. I was … more
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
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