February 25, 2017

Linda McMahon, an Eastern North Carolina native who rose to become a professional wrestling magnate, became the first Tar Heel to officially join the Trump administration this week.

She was easily confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

It seems likely that…


February 25, 2017

March 4 is North Carolina’s Confederate Flag Day. This is a day marked in significance not for the mere material of various colors that fly on a flag staff but for what that “standard, banner or emblem,” represents. There was a time and it still exists in some homes where we were…

February 25, 2017

I am becoming tired of the steady stream of negative reporting, editorials, opinions and cartoons with President Trump as the target being printed in our newspaper.

Of course I believe in free speech and I recognize your right to do that, however, I have the right to ignore the lies and half-truths…

February 24, 2017

Educators are the oldest profession and I would like to thank all educators, active and retired, who worked in public education.

President Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education. She has no experience or idea of how public education works. 

Some active educators are…

February 24, 2017

Growing up, I was not a strong fan of peanut butter in almost any form, not the peanut butter sandwich, nor even the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The school cafeteria was fond of peanut butter and served it in several different ways, which finally prompted me to ask Mama to let me carry my own…


February 23, 2017

The most grounded fears about a Donald Trump presidency have always involved incompetence rather than malevolence, the perils of a catastrophically weak presidency rather than the prospect of a near-dictatorship.

So far, many of these fears are being vindicated. Trump’s policy rollouts have…


February 23, 2017

If we need a sign of disarray, then we have the Russians testing our resolve. Like Nixon, we have a germophobe who exaggerates everything we would call lies or "liar." Three weeks passed before they let go of Michael Flynn when they knew all the time what he had done and let him sit in on meetings.…

February 23, 2017

The federal government needs to start imposing a fee on all these companies who manufacture products that find their way into the landfill once they’ve been used.

These are plastic products. They never break down and they are not biodegradable. They will be in the landfill forever and…

February 22, 2017

Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered.

Having remade the state's fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, a.k.a. "The Rainy Day Fund,…


February 22, 2017

After the election, I heard a lot of people asking: "What now?"

We can start by making sure Congress doesn't target anti-poverty programs that help millions of families afford the basic necessities of life. If poverty and inequality are truly important to the new Congress, they…

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