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September 16, 2017

Middle-class wage stagnation is the biggest economic fact driving American politics. Over the past many years, so the common argument goes, capitalism has developed structural flaws. Economic gains are not being shared fairly with the middle class. Wages have become decoupled from productivity.…


September 15, 2017

Last week Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, announced that the Trump White House would be revising the Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.

There were protests outside her speech and spittle-flecked rants on Twitter, but…


September 14, 2017

Is there anything we can learn from hurricanes, storms and floods?

People have been asking that question for thousands of years, and telling stories that try to make sense of natural disasters. These flood myths are remarkably similar to one another.

A researcher named John D. Morris collected more…


September 13, 2017

While the nation focuses on Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, North Carolina still doesn’t have the money it needs to rebuild from Hurricane Matthew.

Yes, it’s been nearly a year since widespread flooding hit the eastern part of our state. Yes, federal and state politicians have…

September 12, 2017

President Donald Trump proclaims he has “great love” for the Dreamers, referring to the roughly 800,000 young people who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals after they were brought to this country illegally by their parents.

Yet Trump announced this week his…


September 11, 2017

Summer is so totally gone. We move on toward chilly weather, falling leaves and ... wow, Donald Trump is still president. What ever happened to change when you really need it?

But you’ve been paying attention anyway, right? Good concerned citizen. Take this quiz to see how much you remember.…


September 10, 2017

Democrats believe that their progressive policies would be best for North Carolina’s economy. Republicans believe their conservative ideas are the best recipe.

For business executives, entrepreneurs, and others who make private investment decisions, this is certainly an important debate. In…


September 09, 2017

When a public person you know and care for dies too soon, there is a temptation to elevate their historical significance, to cast them as an era’s representative figure in order to persuade easily distracted readers to pay closer attention to the life they lived.

I’m going to give in to…


September 08, 2017

This morning (Tuesday) I woke up to another sunny day, for which I always thank God.

The world was still spinning on its axis, and the newspaper did not talk about another nuclear missile blast from the little guy in North Korea while I slept. Enough evil was happening in our own neighborhoods…


September 07, 2017

Normal human beings read thrillers or romances on vacation; newspaper columnists assign themselves political polemics.

Judged by their covers, the two books that I chose to spoil my August days seem as different as their authors. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s “Conscience of a…

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