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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
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
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
Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe’s efforts to acquire land near Kings … more
In 2019 we have had a dry start from previous years. The last two years have been wet years and 2018 the most wet on record. Tobacco, corn, soybeans was planted dry and the soil is tough. The dry … 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
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
My dad turns 86 next month. He never thought he’d live so long — or see as many Father’s Days as he has — because his parents both died far too young. A stroke claimed his mother when she … more
A friend told me of her storm experience on Monday, May 13, saying, “I heard the tornado warning come across on my phone and looked outside and said, ‘What the heck? The sky is totally … more
RALEIGH — In 1940, some 3.6 million people lived in North Carolina, ranking the state 11th in the nation in population and first in the Southeast. Across the South as a whole, only Texas (6.4 … 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
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 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
North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now accounts for a … more
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
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
I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement. One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled “Facts and Figures: How … more
Have you heard of Granville County 4-H? What about NC Cooperative Extension? 4-H provides youth with numerous opportunities to develop valued skills within leadership, citizenship, career and … more
March was National Nutrition Month and a reminder to eat a little healthier. Part of being healthy is getting to and staying at a healthy weight. We want to encourage individuals to get to a weight … more
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