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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
Our legislature has been in session since Jan. 30 and at last count 17 bills had been approved by both houses of the legislature and sent to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for approval or veto. … more
When we started traveling with the Friendship Force, one of our instructions was a caution not to discuss politics or religion. As it has turned out, we have had very compatible hosts and guests and … more
This small-town New Jersey guy tackles the big city of Philadelphia. I always loved the country of Jersey at Wenonah and Pitman, and visited Philadelphia only at pre-Christmas and to visit my Aunt … more
Media coverage of the college admissions scandal, which included several notable business figures and at least two Hollywood actresses, has captivated many folks over the last few weeks. These … more
“Oh Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me and deliver me.” — Psalm 7:1 Trust is a big issue for a lot of people. It is the firm belief in the … more
This is about a smart little dachshund dog (spelled by granddaughter Ruthie, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior) owned by Mavis Dew of Wake Forest that is only 8 inches tall and weighs only 8 pounds, but it … more
Carol Folt’s swift departure from the chancellorship of UNC-Chapel Hill a few weeks ago and her just as swift hiring as the president of the University of Southern California got me … more
Its finally here. After months of short days and cold temperatures, spring has arrived. I am sure I am not the only one excited about this. How can you not be excited? Trees and flowers are once … more
Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God … more
Sometimes it is hard finding truth. That’s where I am regarding the UNC Board of Governors. Three top officials within the University of North Carolina System have resigned or been fired this … more
The term “four-letter word” is commonly used to refer to a list of English language words considered profane. In comedian George Carlin’s 1972 monologue, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on … more
I’ve always likened North Carolina’s budget process to a dance, but this year it is hard to tell whether it’s a boogaloo, dosey-doe or the chicken dance. Longtime observers say they’ve never … 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 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
Columnist writer of Views and Reviews, Jean McCamy, offered some mighty strong words in last week’s The Wake Weekly column entitled “All of the words in the English language.” She went on to … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
“Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity,” the editors of the New York Times wrote recently in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. … more
This column is about special friends and how they played an important part in my family and life. This week I am happy to tell you about another special friend, Leon Stenzel, who lived with his … more
I am thinking I need an office. I don’t need a big one, really. I just need someplace where I can write the column in peace. As those of you who follow the column regularly know, I write the … more
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