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May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I ask all North Carolinians to join me in thanking our hardworking educators. We are fortunate to have them. As state superintendent of North … more
To the ears of politically engaged North Carolinians, it may sound strange to hear claims that changes in partisan control don’t yield significant changes in state policy. But among scholars, this … more
A couple of weeks ago I had plenty of time – specifically 30 hours – to consider our travel system up close. My wife likes to call it a trip to honor her late sister, who unexpectedly passed. The … more
In a day and age when everyday’s news is loaded with accounts of wrongs that have us marching down the wrong road, what we need most are stalwarts of the truth who stand and proclaim the … more
This week we observed Memorial Day. In 1986, the uniform Monday Memorial Day Act was passed which declared Memorial Day occur on the final Monday in May. In 1971 it became an official federal … more
With the extreme far-left philosophy being pushed by the disarrayed Democrat Party, average good citizens are facing the most challenging times in the history of our nation. Adversity abounds. … more
So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to … 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
CREEDMOOR — Former Creedmoor Commissioner Thomas C. Jackson suffered a heart attack which led to multiple complications, and after weeks in the hospital, he passed away July 3. In Jackson … 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
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
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
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
When we commemorate the birthday of the United States of America, we don’t just celebrate a place, a set of governmental institutions, and a shared history that binds together people with differing … more
With your military service complete, you’re eager to return home and get on with life in the private sector. Surely, in a booming economy, you’ll have your pick of jobs? Your training is … more
With Memorial Day Weekend approaching I couldn’t help but think of my son who sent me a picture last week standing in front of a government building in Chile where a massacre had occurred during a … more
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