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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
Suicide and death are sad things, but they happen every day. You never know what might be troubling someone before they turn to suicide, and you never know when death will come to someone you love or … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
February, the month that just ended, is a strange sort of month in that is has provided us with more questions, confusion and quirkiness than all the other months combined. To begin with, let’s … more
“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving … more
Feb. 27 was Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Day sponsored by the North Carolina Justice Center. A coalition of 40 organizations from mountains to coast met to advocate for closing the coverage gap in the … more
How much are you paying for health care? You may say too much, you may even cite the cost of a recent procedure you’ve had, but do you know what the actual cost of care is? More importantly, do … more
We’ve had time to digest last week’s 9th Congressional District hearings, so let us summarize what we learned. 1. Campaigns want to win so badly they either turn their heads to or commit … more
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