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President Donald Trump’s latest budget contains some conservative proposals to save the taxpayers’ money. But it relies on an unconservative practice — one that North Carolina’s legislature … more
Have you been watching the presidential debates on TV? Falling viewer numbers indicate a growing number of us are tuning out and turning off these slickly produced spectacles that are dull, … more
When John Bolton comes to North Carolina next week, I want to ask him about the Bible. Bolton is to speak at Duke University on Monday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. I wonder if he, like me, has been … more
Views and Reviews I love books. I grew up with them and I still have lots of them around. The dystopian novels I have read in which books are banned always leave me unnerved. As a toddler, I … more
Galatians 6:1-2 (ESV) “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, let you too be tempted. … more
I’m inviting you to read something different this week; It’s about an old friend, A. C. Snow, who retired after writing a weekly column, Sno’ Foolin’, in the News & Observer for many … more
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV) “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does … more
Let me first be sure to say there are many good teachers in our public schools. However, it appears even good teachers have to support programs that are using schools to become successful instruments … more
The First Amendment, which protects freedom of the press, was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights. Before the Internet, social media, cable television, and radio, the hometown … more
Parental choice in education has gone mainstream in North Carolina. Among those notables who seem not to have gotten the memo yet is the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper. According to the … more
A question about the Super Bowl: Which team did we want to win? I wasn’t sure. But I had a closer connection to Kansas City. About 30 years ago, my wife, Peggy, and I attended the National Press … more
Sometimes I think I would be happier if I didn’t read the paper or watch the news, but I can’t seem to help myself. I want to know what’s going on, even if I don’t always like it. The … more
Earlier this month, the Durham Housing Authority relocated about 270 families from McDougald Terrace, a Durham public housing complex, after inspections indicated elevated carbon monoxide levels in … more
I gather from my social-media feeds and hate mail that North Carolinians are supposed to be infuriated at the way things are going in our state. I have my frustrations with certain politicians, to be … more
Psalm 40:4 (ESV) “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” We are very dependent people whether we realize it or … more
I saw a photograph of a pound cake last week and immediately started craving a slice. I love a good, dense and buttery pound cake. Mama never made pound cake a lot, and I don’t have a go-to … more
Sometimes it just doesn’t seem that we live just right. I’m thinking about Thursday evening of last week after I had fallen asleep in my big easy chair. It was about 9:30 p.m. when son, Jimmy, … more
If you call me on the phone, unless your name pops up on the screen, I probably won’t answer, but if you leave a message, I’ll call you back. It gets harder and harder to remember the days … more
Though often skeptical about the benefits of government intervention, I am by nature an optimistic person. Indeed, I consider my skepticism and optimism to be two sides of the same … more
Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
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