January 24, 2017

When Donald Trump was elected president, it felt to me like the most reckless thing our country had done in my lifetime. But like many Americans, I hoped for the best: He’ll grow into the job. He’ll surround himself with good people. The country could use a jolt of fresh thinking.…

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January 24, 2017

For the last year or so I had been stressing out really bad and I got a real uplifting message over the holidays.

I had been worrying about becoming a parent, becoming a supervisor at my job and about becoming a graduate.

All of these things have been stressing and messing with my mind.

A friend of…

January 23, 2017

If you had set out to assess President Barack Obama’s legacy four years ago, when he won re-election convincingly over Mitt Romney, the assessment might have gone like this. On foreign policy, reasonably high marks: Osama bin Laden dead, disengagement from Iraq without disaster, no major wars…


January 23, 2017

I really miss retired veterinary doctors Ann McGowan and Robert Shipps.

They were the best and will be missed so very much, but I wish them well in their retirement.

January 22, 2017

The growing pains of North Carolina’s divided state government so far have not been very much fun to watch.

Republican lawmakers fired the first salvos by stripping incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of several powers during a special session hastily called a few weeks before he was to take…

January 22, 2017

One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book titled “The Country Church” in North Carolina. (Yes, I’m just that nerdy.) The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that the growth rate of…


January 22, 2017

I am calling in response to a recent Speak Up about the event center.

Regardless of the money that is going to be spent on that event center, which is just a pet project for just a few people, in the column the caller states they need to redirect and have parents properly raise their children.


January 21, 2017

The debate rages on about what President Donald Trump’s actions and motives are for his administration.

President Trump has been underestimated from the first day of the 2016 presidential election cycle. Why? Trump is a negotiator.

Any good or excellent negotiator starts from an extreme…

January 21, 2017

Vladimir Putin has announced that on January 21 he will address a new nation, the United States of America, in his first fireside chat.


January 20, 2017

The effectiveness of a presidency is measured in different ways – through political biases, personal gains or losses and, occasionally, by slightly more objective measures.

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office today to become the nation’s 45th president, we say goodbye to Barack…

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