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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
The boundaries of the university should be “coterminous with the boundaries of the state.” Leaders of the University of North Carolina often use this language to embrace a wider partnership … more
I find it very disturbing when people elected to take care of our country spend their time hurling insults at each other. I also find it disturbing to hear my neighbors, and possibly even my … more
When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem as big and getting worse tend to attract more attention, … 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
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
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