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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
When we were young our dreams were like those of other children of our generation — to get married, raise a happy family, and to do something extraordinary someday. But through a series of … more
In 1957, Mama, my Aunt Ruth (my daddy’s sister) my sister and I went to Florida for a vacation. We went to Daytona Beach, where all but me got severely sunburned. I stayed in the water — they … more
I did not like school when I started in the first grade at Stem. Not the study and learning part, but all the new foods at lunch, and all the girls. On the very first day, I chased a girl named … more
In the Old Testament, Adam brought about the Fall of Mankind with the cooperation of Eve. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ, the God-Man, brought about our Redemption with the cooperation of the … more
As we enter the spring season, we will begin to encounter more insects and diseases in our landscape. Many of these pests like Japanese beetles and black spot on roses are familiar to us because … more
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