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RALEIGH — “Prudence,” wrote the British statesman Edmund Burke, “is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director, the regulator, the standard of them … more
If requiring a photo identification for voting is racist, why is a photo required on a driver’s license not? Both, it certainly appears, are required to prove you are who you say you are. Is … more
RALEIGH — In this new year, there is a widespread assumption among North Carolina politicos that state policymakers will do little of consequence. Instead, they will position themselves for the … more
2019 was a dark year for sunshine in Florida government: The voter-approved Marsy’s Law amendment to protect victims showed us the true meaning of unintended consequences. In some places, police … more
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used, but highly appropriate word quarrelsome. We shouldn’t have been … more
Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year for everyone — especially to the town of Mount Olive as it faces challenges ahead. The big tree to cut down and get it all in motion is the beginning … more
Christmas means different things to different people. Christmas traditions and customs vary from household to household, from church to church and from country to country. The important thing … more
Here is to the hope for good days ahead. The $5.5 million state grant to the town of Mount Olive to make repairs and updates to its ailing wastewater treatment plant, and the upset in the local … more
There is a strange attachment to the holidays that beckons me back to the neighborhood of my early growing up days. Today, there is little more there than a boyhood burial ground still alive with … more
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state. The … more
GUEST EDITORIAL The grim numbers from Samoa ought to end ill-informed notions circulated by anti-vaccine activists that measles is a harmless, passing rash. The small South Pacific country is … more
I sat several feet away from newly-elected Mayor Kenny Talton as he took the oath of office to his new post. Talton’s lovely wife, Carrie, and daughter, Emma, stood by his side as State Sen. Don … more
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