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June 03, 2017

Over recent years, without much media fanfare, something fascinating occurred, a reminder that for all the ways in which we seem to be sliding backward, we’re lurching forward, too.

The developing world turned a corner — thanks to medical advances, rising wealth and more — and…


June 02, 2017

Starting today, I am headed in a new direction. I know the way, because I took the same path several years ago, and stayed on it for a long time.

Today is my last day of employment at Nash General Hospital and I now begin my second trek into the vista of retirement.

It will end a joyful association…


June 01, 2017

Jared Kushner deserves a bit of sympathy. All his life he’s been serving his father or father-in-law. All his career he’s been thrust into roles he’s not ready for. His background has ill prepared him for national government. Now he is in a realm where his instincts seem to lead…


May 31, 2017

Imagine you're running a match-play golf tournament.

Your team will face another for a big cash prize, and you choose the course. The two teams have very different strengths, so you pick a course where your team is almost assured of winning 13 of the 18 holes.

Furthermore, because you are running…


May 30, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Donald Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” – a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that cried out for a strongman to put…


May 29, 2017

Donald Trump has gone abroad. Nine days. Five stops. Strange beds. Anything could happen.

Could be a win. The bar is so stupendously low these days that if Trump makes it clear he knows what country he’s in, it’ll be a triumph.

We will stop now to beat back our sudden fear that our…


May 28, 2017

I have been writing a regular column on North Carolina politics and public policy since 1986. Over three decades of writing about and talking to politicians in Raleigh, few issues have come up more often than the relatively low pay that state legislators receive.

I don’t mean to suggest that…

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