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Elizabeth City native De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s debut novel, “In West Mills”, might be the blackest novel set in North Carolina this year, maybe ever. This book is all about African … more
Spent some time Sunday afternoon with some young people from all around the world, including two who have called Roxboro home throughout the last school year. For the last seven years or so, … more
I had the opportunity to speak to some boys and girls about following their dream a few weeks ago. I was invited by Roxboro Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator Lawrence Mayfield … more
North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now accounts for a … more
Last weekend was a doozy. But in a really great way. My social media feeds filled with posts of young people graduating from college and nearly every post I saw Sunday night was an homage to … more
North Carolina’s economy is doing well. With a headline unemployment rate of 4 percent and a healthy 2.8 percent jump in inflation-adjusted median household income last year, North Carolinians are … more
I surrender. In wartime these words admit defeat and put the speaker in the custody of an adversary. They do not usually gain admiration. Instead, we celebrate the advice popularly attributed … more
Monday was back-to-school day for me in a manner of speaking. That afternoon I attended the Beginning Teacher of Excellence Award ceremony. That night, I listened in as the Person County Teacher … more
At a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation committee meeting, my John Locke Foundation colleague Joe Coletti offered this blunt assessment to state policymakers: our system of road … more
The week of May 12 begins National Police Officers Memorial Week. The week is designated to honor all law enforcement personnel and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of … more
If you are convicted of a crime, the government can punish you. If you are arrested, but never convicted, the government can’t punish you. That’s the principle, simply put. Alas, another apt … more
Here’s a little inside baseball for you. Every day, we get unsolicited press releases from dozens of places. Some of the press releases are thinly-veiled advertisements promoting a product … more
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