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I’ve written a little bit about my dogs a couple of times, but I’ll give you a little refresher. A few months back, two sweet pups, Fernando and Mia, joined our not-so-little family … more
I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in conversation with right-leaning leaders, policy experts, donors, and activists. My purpose is to assess the health and trajectory of American … more
Can Shakespeare’s Macbeth help us deal with President Biden’s decision to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan and do it quickly? Too quick, his critics and some others … more
Facebook’s critics have long argued that the social-media giant is bad for consumers, bad for children and bad for the country — a serial abuser of its users’ privacy, an amplifier … more
When the 2021 session of the General Assembly began, passage of legislation to advance public access to records of disciplinary actions taken by those employed by taxpayers in state and local … more
When we first read Wiley Cash’s debut novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” we knew he had the potential to be an important North Carolina writer. Then “This Dark Road to … more
Before The Andy Griffith Show, before nearby Pilot Mountain became the nucleus of a popular state park, Mount Airy had the Rock. Granite, to be precise. Mount Airy is home to the largest open-face … more
I thought I was being smart. My wife and two boys thought we’d get our lunch a little early and made our way to Cole’s Pharmacy right at 11 o’clock this past Saturday. It … more
In some North Carolina houses, this is a time of empty rooms and empty spaces. Children, so long ever-present, are now suddenly gone away to college. Even though they knew the day was coming, … more
The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent regulations shuttered many businesses for months, closed others for good, and forced … more
When Julian Pleasants died Sept. 7, North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians. Pleasants grew up in Southern Pines, graduated from Davidson College, and earned … more
At a recent meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, I presented the following verbatim comments to be read into the record during a public hearing that allowed public comment.  … more
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