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Should Fort Bragg keep on being Fort Bragg? Or do we need another name for North Carolina’s largest military base? I got my first lesson about that question in the summer of 1961 at ROTC … more
A recent headline jolted J.K. Rowling out of her wizarding world and into Oceania, the domineering surveillance state of George Orwell’s “1984.” Rowling scoffed at an online … more
RALEIGH — While announcing a cumbersome set of guidelines for schools to reopen in August, Gov. Roy Cooper pointedly made no promises about whether he will, in fact, allow North … more
Does our state government spend too much, too little or just enough? That was the Cinderella question I asked myself after reading a post on the Civitas Institute website.  The article began … more
Between the time I wrote last week’s column and the time you read it, a lot changed — mostly good. When I wrote, cities all over the country, including Raleigh, were cleaning up after a weekend … more
1 Peter 4:13-15 (ESV) “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are … more
I would like to know how other folks have learned to pass the time in quarantine to keep from going stir crazy. I know there are many things on TV these days, but don’t you get tired of those … more
It took a hard-boiled Minneapolis cop nearly nine minutes to end George Floyd’s life. But it took three other officers’ silence to let it happen. Derek Chauvin, the veteran former … more
“Go see Rep. Jack Hunt first thing. He is married to one of my cousins. He will take care of you.” That was my first instruction from UNC President Dick Spangler when he tapped me to … more
RALEIGH — During a May 31 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper spoke effectively to the issues of police misconduct and injustice raised by the death of George Floyd. He also condemned the … more
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. “Lord hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!” — Psalm 130: 1-2 Christians and those of … more
My late brother-in-law, Calvin “Cap” McKishen of Woodbury, New Jersey, loved nicknames as much or more than anyone else I know. No one else ever called me Cedric, but Cap called me Cedric for as … more
Your grandma or great-grandma probably couldn’t do something you may take for granted in America: vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified and became a part of the U.S. Constitution 100 years ago, … more
I keep remembering Bloody Mary, in the 1949 musical “South Pacific,” singing to American Lt. Joe Cable about “talking happy talk.” I’d like to talk some happy talk, but right now, it’s … more
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just … more
Not since the tomato-red “Make America Great Again” hat has a clothing accessory carried this much political baggage. Face masks became a flashpoint in the culture wars following … more
Like many others, the effects of the pandemic weigh heavy on my mind. The coronavirus has upended our daily routines and threatens to permanently change our lives. One thing is certain — the … more
1 Peter 3:8-9 (ESV) “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the … more
So where do we go from here? Over the past 8 weeks we have experienced changes — huge changes — to our way of life. What will the future hold for our retirement as we emerge into possibly “new … more
‘Tis the season for twitter. No, not what is coming from the White House, but what is coming from the bushes outside my kitchen window. Young birds are putting parents through their paces. They … more
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