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Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring … more
GUEST EDITORIAL Cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis, but there’s heartening news. America is showing great progress against some of the most deadly forms of the disease, particularly lung cancer … more
This piece certainly is no political endorsement, but I am thankful we finally have a president with the gumption to let those who hate us know it is game time and we will play to win. The … more
RALEIGH — “Prudence,” wrote the British statesman Edmund Burke, “is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director, the regulator, the standard of them … more
If requiring a photo identification for voting is racist, why is a photo required on a driver’s license not? Both, it certainly appears, are required to prove you are who you say you are. Is … more
RALEIGH — In this new year, there is a widespread assumption among North Carolina politicos that state policymakers will do little of consequence. Instead, they will position themselves for the … more
2019 was a dark year for sunshine in Florida government: The voter-approved Marsy’s Law amendment to protect victims showed us the true meaning of unintended consequences. In some places, police … more
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used, but highly appropriate word quarrelsome. We shouldn’t have been … more
Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year for everyone — especially to the town of Mount Olive as it faces challenges ahead. The big tree to cut down and get it all in motion is the beginning … more
Christmas means different things to different people. Christmas traditions and customs vary from household to household, from church to church and from country to country. The important thing … more
Here is to the hope for good days ahead. The $5.5 million state grant to the town of Mount Olive to make repairs and updates to its ailing wastewater treatment plant, and the upset in the local … more
There is a strange attachment to the holidays that beckons me back to the neighborhood of my early growing up days. Today, there is little more there than a boyhood burial ground still alive with … more
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