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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
North Carolina Democrats and Republicans have sparred for years about the level of state funding for public schools. Democrats argue the GOP-led legislature has the wrong priorities, that it ought … more
I have been working hard on the state budget and I have been able to help create a budget that is good for our community. Gov. Cooper is holding up the state budget because he wants to expand … more
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your … more
The political temptation to protect “domestic” industries from “foreign” competition is strong, persistent, and understandable. But for the vast majority of North Carolina workers, their … more
“In God We Trust,” our official motto, had an anniversary this week. Tuesday marked the anniversary date in 1956 when a joint resolution by the 84th Congress was approved and signed by President … more
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