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November 23, 2017

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry – corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe…

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November 23, 2017

In a year of perpetual uncertainty about jobs, retirement and the future of the country, Thanksgiving might seem a tough meal for cynics to swallow. But pass the gravy to them anyway. They need the holiday even more than the rest of us.

The problems of the world don’t take a break for a mark…

November 23, 2017

Every year it seems one-third of California catches fire and burns for days if not weeks with massive forest fires.

All of this is pulling smoke and heat into the atmosphere.

That is bound to have some impact on the hot weather and global warming.

November 22, 2017

N.C. Reps. Grier Martin and Cynthia Ball, both D-Wake, agree on most of the issues that come before the legislature, but it’s possible that 2018’s election could pit them against each other in the Democratic primary.

Martin and Ball are among at least four pairs of incumbents that would…

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November 22, 2017

The drug environment in the United States is not strictly limited to opioids. The drug epidemic in the United States includes drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and others that impact the individual in an adverse way.

The drug culture in the United States took a major leap in the…

November 22, 2017

To the senior citizen who lives in Northgreen complaining about the men who raked the pine straw in front of his house, the street is public property.

They can do that if they want to.

If the caller wanted it done, they should have had someone to do it earlier or the caller could have even gone out…

November 21, 2017

The new event center under construction does not justify a $40 million price tag.

$400,000 maybe but $40 million, never.

November 20, 2017

Donald Trump is back from Asia. What do you think he’ll be doing next?

A) Pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey.

B) Urging Congress to pass a clean, simple, middle-class-friendly tax bill.

C) Pardoning Sean Hannity.

The answer is A, obviously. Turkey gets a reprieve on Tuesday. And rumors that…

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November 20, 2017

Oh for pity sake.

Of course the rich have it made in this country. The majority of them worked and saved for all the money they earned.

If they want to try to drive to the moon, then let them. Let them try to drive tomorrow if they want to.

We poor people can do the same thing.

You just…

November 19, 2017

I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him.

The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the “McLaughlin Group” public-television show from 1982 to 2016 was just as loud and bumptious in person as he was on TV. I never worked for him,…

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