Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020

I was really impressed with the Sept. 4 article by Tom Campbell, creator and host of NC SPIN. The heading was “It’s time to reckon with racism.” Tom stated that North Carolina and our nation have a crisis more critical than the pandemic. It is a moral crisis — the crisis of racism. I add that it is systemic racism that is deeply rooted in eastern North Carolina and our state, where there are many who still feel that black lives don’t matter.

Sunday, November 29, 2020
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A Greenville man I know recently learned his local pharmacy was no longer ‘in network,’ and that he’d have to choose a new one. He was steered to a limited list of mostly big-box chain pharmacies, which would be a huge change for this man, who has several complex medical conditions and is thus very invested in his close relationship with his local independent pharmacist.

President Donald Trump has it exactly, eternally wrong. This year’s election was not a fraud or a failure. It was a glorious triumph for American democracy, and this week we should all be thanking the heroes who helped make that victory possible.

The Trump campaign’s top lawyers — Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis — went into last weekend on the offensive. On Thursday, they held a news conference vowing to prove the existence of a far-ranging conspiracy to defeat the president. They were pressing a case alleging unfair voting practices in Pennsylvania. They were predicting victory.

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While modern conservatism in America brings together a number of discrete groups, interests, and priorities, one of its unifying themes is maximizing freedom — by which conservatives mean maximizing the right of individuals, families, and private associations to make their own decisions rather than having them overruled by government coercion.

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While modern conservatism in America brings together a number of discrete groups, interests, and priorities, one of its unifying themes is maximizing freedom — by which conservatives mean maximizing the right of individuals, families, and private associations to make their own decisions rather than having them overruled by government coercion.

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Some of the confusion in thinking about matters of race stems from the ambiguity in the terms that we use. I am going to take a stab at suggesting operational definitions for a couple terms in our discussion of race. Good analytical thinking requires that we do not confuse one behavioral phenomenon with another.

When the Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.

Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”? Repeated over and over on the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a radical proposal might hurt them politically, so they suggested that it actually meant re-directing some, but not all, funds from police to things like mental health treatment and affordable housing. Nothing too radical.

Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, tweeted this description of COVID-19 patients she’s been treating: “The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine, and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath ... They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. Yes. This really happens.”

I love the thanksgiving service when the congregation sings “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” and “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” Usually, the congregation presents canned goods and items for those in need. This year will be different.

You present to a physician with severe abdominal pain. He examines you and concludes that your ingrown toenails are the cause of your abdominal distress. He prescribes that you soak your feet in warm water but that does not bring relief to your abdominal pain.

Displaying the same staggering incompetence that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, Trump made two big tactical errors in his failed effort to keep the White House: First, he telegraphed his scheme to overturn the election, and then he waited too long to make his big move.