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January 13, 2018

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to understand that the gathering storm clouds are threatening the 2018 elections. The high-pressure system at the genesis of this storm is the result of redistricting.

Following the 2010 census all states were required to draw new lines for congressional…


January 12, 2018

I know I am the one who recently said, “Let’s welcome 2018; it’s probably going to be better than 2017.” How foolish I was. So far, 2018 has caused me to become totally disgusted with the color white.

Since childhood, we have been used to snow, ice and freezing conditions in…


January 11, 2018

Wow, it looks as though “a new day is on the horizon!” If Democrats decide to fight fire with fire, that is.

When Oprah Winfrey delivered that line at the climax of her thunderous Golden Globes speech, my reaction was the same as everyone else’s: Is it my imagination, or does that…


January 10, 2018

“Possum out: Famous New Year’s event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent” was the lead headline in last week’s Cherokee Scout, North Carolina’s westernmost newspaper.

After surviving years of animal rights lawsuits from People for the Ethical Treatment…


January 09, 2018

I think the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper favors the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project connecting natural-gas generation in West Virginia to natural-gas consumers in Virginia and North Carolina. But I’m not entirely sure.

Two of Cooper’s cabinet…


January 08, 2018

So, to start the year, our president bragged that he has a “much bigger” nuclear button than the guy in North Korea.

Coming next week: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un compare finger length and shoe and head size. That last is complicated by the fact that they have what are two of the worst…


January 07, 2018

While 2017 was a good and productive year for many public and private institutions in North Carolina, it was a tragic year for our prison system.

Five staffers were killed by inmates, one during an April incident at a Bertie County prison and four more during an October escape attempt at Pasquotank…


January 06, 2018

As the New Year unfolds there are at least a dozen leaders likely to play a big role in public policy issues in 2018. In order to avoid criticism for any partiality we listed them in alphabetical order.

■ Phil Berger – Many acknowledge that Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger is…

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January 05, 2018

First, some praise for Mitt Romney, who is apparently poised to run for the Senate from Utah now that Orrin Hatch has announced his retirement.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee is a man of honor, decency and serious accomplishment. His attempt to rally Republican opposition to Donald Trump…


January 04, 2018

Gov. Roy Cooper has finished his first year in office -- a year full of the fireworks that are common in a divided state government. Cooper and Republican legislative leaders have sparred on TV, in courtrooms and in the most thrilling arena of all: The Strongly Worded Press Release.

So how well did…

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