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March 22, 2017

You have to give credit to state Republicans: They're pretty clever.

They keep finding simple issues to drive their voters to the polls while putting Democrats on the defensive, like an income tax cap.

If the House approves SB 75, voters will decide in November 2018 whether they want the state…

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March 22, 2017

I would like to express viewpoints on several important issues that impact my life as a senior citizen. A recent move in Raleigh by state legislators to stop local governments from providing leadership and the ability to pass local ordinances that make life better for the residents living in the…

March 22, 2017

Obviously it must be legal to litter in Rocky Mount judging by the trash-covered streets.

Will someone please address these other city issues for my own sanity?

Is it legal to do the following – park cars on city sidewalks, place basketball goals in the street, park cars in the front yards of…

March 21, 2017

Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s test is actually already in progress, and it bears some resemblance to the one faced by a young President John Kennedy. Indeed, Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion…

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March 21, 2017

A cer­tain South­ern irony played out be­fore a na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence Sun­day night as the Univer­sity of South Carolina up­set leg­endary Duke Univer­sity in the NCAA men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.…

March 21, 2017

The North Carolina legislature has gone too far.

HB2 was a disaster from the get-go and now we have learned that North Carolina may lose the chance to host NCAA championships for the next six years.

Doesn't the legislature know the official religion of North Carolina is college basketball?

It is…

March 20, 2017

The announcement on March 6th by the News and Observer that there is a proposal in the NC legislature to classify public protests and demonstrations as “economic terrorism” should come as no surprise. This is part of the continuing and relentless trend to quash the public voice which…

March 20, 2017

Donald Trump wants us to think he’s like Andrew Jackson. So there he was, at Jackson’s home in Tennessee on Wednesday, celebrating Old Hickory’s 250th birthday.

Fans called Jackson “Old Hickory” because he was tough and shared his men’s hardship and deprivation…

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March 20, 2017

This past February has been the mildest February I can ever remember.

It was almost like mid-June instead of February.

The way I judge the severity of a winter is by how many of these jugs of de-icer I go through.

I fill up my cars with it and then to melt the ice, I spray it on the windshield.…

March 19, 2017

Since con­ven­ing a sur­prise spe­cial ses­sion in December to strip cer­tain pow­ers from the in­com­ing Demo­cratic gov­er­nor just weeks be­fore he was to as­sume of­fice, Repub­li­can law­mak­ers have not slowed down in…

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