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May 30, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Donald Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” – a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that cried out for a strongman to put…

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May 30, 2017

The newspaper is to be commended for all the good sports stories that have been written.

It has allowed us to keep up with what different schools are doing and have lots of pictures which are very favorable.

The thing I don't like about the newspaper is the horrible liberal idea that you can…

May 30, 2017

I would like to say if they do rename the downtown community center, they either call it the complex or the center.

Please do not name it after a person.

This only causes conflict and tension in the community, and no one will ever be happy with whom they name it after.

Just call it what it is, the…

May 29, 2017

Donald Trump has gone abroad. Nine days. Five stops. Strange beds. Anything could happen.

Could be a win. The bar is so stupendously low these days that if Trump makes it clear he knows what country he’s in, it’ll be a triumph.

We will stop now to beat back our sudden fear that our…

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May 29, 2017

A week ago, animal rights activists shut down the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after years of effectively exposing them for animal abuse. Can the meat and dairy industry be far behind?

The shift toward plant-based eating is everywhere. Fast-food chains…

May 29, 2017

Gee whiz, I knew the Democrats hated FBI Director James Comey, but I didn't know the Republicans did, too.

The Democrats when he came out against Hillary Clinton's poor practices of handling classified emails, you would expect them to fire out at him but the Republicans were a bit of a surprise.

If…

May 28, 2017

Memorial Day is among the most sacred of holidays that we as Americans should commemorate.

For it is on this day that we pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of American military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms that we continue to enjoy today.

These brave men…

May 28, 2017

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 politicians in Raleigh, few issues have come up more often than the relatively low pay that state legislators receive.

I don’t mean to suggest that…

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May 28, 2017

As I watched one of the latest Star Wars movies, “The Force Awakens,” I cannot help but wonder if George Lucas is basing the script allegorically on the current state of our international situation.

If I were to interpret the movies, there is no doubt in my mind that the…

May 28, 2017

It's not so much being good that is a problem for people as it is being generous.

The Bible calls for people to be generous and that is the tough part. If you give away the things that you don't want to charity, that is not really being generous. Those things are either worn out, you've…

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