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Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
The North Carolina General Assembly has correctly focused on raising salaries for teachers during the past six years while compensation for principals and assistant principals left our state at or … more
RALEIGH — When natural disasters or other emergencies hit our state, North Carolinians respond in droves — and I’m not just referring to the crucial and praiseworthy work of our public … more
So much for gridlock. On Sept. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives proved that its members can in fact reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, … more
A few years ago, a couple of economists made a big splash by predicting almost half of occupations in the country had a big chance of being replaced by automation and technology in coming decades. … more
Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … more
On Sept. 5, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Ro Khanna of California announced a new bill intended to claw back $150 billion per year in public assistance costs as tax revenues. Because … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina politics can be exhausting. The past few weeks have brought us wrangling over redistricting and constitutional amendments, conflicts between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican … more
PLAINS, Ga. — The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly … more
The way North Carolina governs alcoholic spirits must change, for myriad reasons. It breeds favoritism and corruption. It’s archaic, monopolistic and, when comparing the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage … more
One of the things I like best about living in a small town is that people tend to be kind, generous and … more
We should start a petition for the National Weather Service to eliminate names starting with the letter “F” in naming storms. Fran and Floyd have wreaked havoc with property, disrupted … more
As meteorologists update forecasts regarding the effects of Hurricane Florence, most business leaders are waiting to make a decision on operating. The one key factor in all the decisions, though, is … more
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. What are some of the facts about prostate cancer, and what do you and your family need to know? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in … more
Many people are not only fascinated by strange and unusual facts about almost everything; some also have the time to spend reading and researching the items, many of which can be found online. I … more
State Treasurer Dale Folwell administers the State Health Plan, the largest in our state. Folwell believes his office should know what various procedures cost his 700,000 present and retired state … more
We know that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other school-related factor, including services, facilities and leadership. Yet for years we’ve forced teachers to work in a broken … more
Ronald Reagan once remarked, “whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off.” As it turns out, Dutch’s assessment remains true today. Nine months ago, Congress delivered … more
RALEIGH — Wealthy North Carolinians pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than do middle-income North Carolinians, who in turn have a higher effective tax rate than the poor. This is a … more
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