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…


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.


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…


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…

May 28, 2017

Going to a pure cashless economy will just about eliminate crime.

You should have to use either a credit card or debit card to make purchases. If you have a credit card, that shows you are credit worthy.

If you have a debit card, you have to have a bank account and money in the bank.


May 28, 2017

After reading some of the Opinion pieces, I basically thought about President John F. Kennedy and what he asked all Americans over 50 some years ago.

He asked that we should be asking ourselves what can we do for this country as Americans?

I think the time has come for the stakeholders in the Rocky…

May 27, 2017

There are those who complain about capitalism yet they do not offer an alternative to capitalism.

The claim that workers create wealth is a bit farfetched. If workers created wealth, then each and every one of them would be well-off, if not millionaires. As we know, this is not the case. Workers…

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