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Jul. 05, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Tillis steps up again

Thom Tillis distinguished himself as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives by advancing legislation to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program.

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Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

Letters to the Editor, July 6

  • Foxaphobia virus spreading
  • No Sharia law

Columnist: Bob Ashley View All »

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

Even as civic sphere secularizes, ironies abound

A few weeks ago, my wife, son and I – food-festival groupies -- dropped in on the Jewish Food Festival at the Levin Jewish Community Center on Cornwallis Road.

Columnist: Rick Bean View All »

May. 02, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

Navigating shades of gray in news decisions

Sometimes it's difficult to live in a world that wants to be black and white, when in fact it's varying shades of gray.


Columnist: Chris Fitzsimon View All »

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Thousands of seniors anxiously await lawmakers’ budget decisions

When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years.

Columnist: John Hood View All »

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Moral claims proliferate but don’t persuade

In nearly three decades of writing a syndicated column on North Carolina politics and government, I’ve always received reader response. Back in the day, I’d get an occasional phone call or personal letter, but most of the response came in the form of letters to the editor. The reader would typically praise a point I made, or criticize it. Only rarely would there be an emotional outburst or personal attack.

Columnist: DG Martin View All »

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

The biggest news for me – no more Auman peaches

The biggest news for me this year?

Not ISIS, not Obamacare, not gay marriage, and not even the earth-shaking tragedy in Charleston.

This year's big news is that there are no more peaches at the Auman farm in West End near Pinehurst.

Columnist: Leonard Pitts View All »

Jul. 06, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

The Girl Scouts' inspiring example of moral courage

Thank heaven for little girls.

So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating "their little eyes so helpless and appealing" and the fact that "they grow up in the most delightful way."

Columnist: Mike Walden View All »

Jun. 11, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

You Decide: Why are we eating out more?

A milestone was set in January. For the first time, Americans spent more on eating out than on eating in. We spent $50.475 billion eating in restaurants and other food outlets that month, compared to the $50.466 billion we paid for food in grocery stores and supermarkets.

Columnist: George Will View All »

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 01:02 PM

The wrinkle in the ACA decision

"What chumps!"

     -- Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015

Columnist: Tom Campbell View All »

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

No idea about voter ID

No one in authority has said why both houses of our legislature mysteriously, rapidly and overwhelmingly passed modifications to their 2013 election law changes or why Gov. Pat McCrory just as unceremoniously signed them into law. The trial challenging voter ID and other provisions was due to begin shortly and the changes left the judge, lawyers on both sides and the public trying to determine how to proceed.

Columnist: Amy Laura Hall View All »

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 09:47 PM

A house divided – the South’s shameless bargain

sticker refers to them in passing.  Jesus talks about the ruin of a divided people in the middle of an argument about whether his healing miracles are miraculous or demonic.  Jesus is, of course, clear that he is healing people with the power of the Holy Spirit, not through the power of Satan.  This is also the passage where Jesus specifies that the only unforgivable sin is speaking against the Holy Spirit. 

Columnist: Rob Schofield View All »

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 07:58 AM

GOP has a golden opportunity during the lame duck session

What will the new political year in Washington bring? According to some analysts, the new GOP congressional majorities tilt more toward “the establishment” and away from the Tea Party wing. According to others, however, the new majorities are the starter’s signal for a full-fledged campaign to “repeal” the Obama presidency and even impeach the President himself.

Columnist: Philip Azar View All »

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Jul. 04, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

Charleston massacre: a perspective on explicit and implicit bias

Implicit bias refers to the way people unconsciously and sometimes unwillingly exhibit bias toward other individuals and groups.

--Center for Social Inclusion