The meaning ofMemorial Dayruns quite deep

Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by Gen....

May 26th, 2017 |  


A boy named Elizabeth

A boy named Elizabeth

At 3 p.m. on May 26, 1982, a baby was born to an Elizabethtown couple. It was their third child, and it came into the world weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounce...

May 26th, 2017 |  


Pay raise could lesson regulation

Pay raise could lesson regulation

I have been writing a regular column on North Carolina politics and public policy since 1986. Over three decades of writing about and talking to polit...

May 24th, 2017 |  


School maybe about toend, but …

The family photo of third-grader Gabriel Taye exudes happiness. The sharply dressed boy stands against a wall at his elementary school, grinning from ...

May 23rd, 2017 |  


Party divides are no surprise

Party divides are no surprise

Would it surprise you to learn that, depending on the poll and specific questions asked, between a quarter and a third of Democrats identify their vie...

May 22nd, 2017 |  


Trump’s trip overseas has omission

So many times I’ve heard aggravated and/or irritated people say: “If I could get to them, I’d tell them to their faces!”Recent...

May 22nd, 2017 |  


Seeing the job through

Seeing the job through

Hurricane Matthew brought immense devastation to eastern North Carolina, with thousands forced from their homes, hundreds of damaged roads, destroyed ...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Shouting louderdoesn’t reallymake you right

Civil discourse has been replaced by the lowest form of communication — shouting louder than those with whom you disagree.How sad it is that we ...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Truth versus fact

I recently read an article in which a government employee was upset about an article published in a newspaper. The article was factually correct but i...

May 18th, 2017 |  


Average pay isn’t the point

Average pay isn’t the point

The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the 2015-16 school year. That was the...

May 17th, 2017 |