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Growing up in a rural part of Florida, my brothers and I were able to protect our chickens with simply a single-shot .22 rifle. I guess we had better aim than those who say they need a weapon of war … more
Squeezed between the spring’s primary vote and the upcoming fall election, North Carolina lawmakers have returned to Raleigh for the 2022 legislative session. One of the best things legislators … more
Two polls taken of North Carolina voters right after the May 17 primary showed Republican Ted Budd leading Democrat Cheri Beasley in the pivotal 2022 race for U.S. Senate. They also show it’s too … more
Some people are asking if North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper might be the Democrats’ best presidential candidate in 2024. Not likely, you say; Joe Biden is president. And every first-term … more
A few days ago, a longtime friend and I found ourselves standing outside for several moments in the ongoing visit of Mr. Hot Weather. While I’m a little bigger than he is, neither one of us … more
I recently joined Twitter. I told my pastor colleague and friend, who has been on Twitter since 2008, I was interested in how the platform might “inform my ministry.” She replied that her goal on … more
We’re having baseball games, weddings and graduations. It must be June. Add to that another feature of the times — church homecoming services — and we’ll know for sure we’re in the sixth … more
Would you be interested in a new privately published memoir by a Bozeman Montana lawyer, titled “Tilting at Montana’s Windmills for 50 Years”? No? But what if he were my law school … more
To paraphrase the old saying, you may not be interested in the federal debt, but the federal debt is interested in you. There’s abundant evidence for this proposition across the economy right now … more
We know the names of the two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last Tuesday were Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia. We know that both these women were mothers of small children … more
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of one student sitting in the front row. “What’s your name?” “My name is … more
No one warns you about the roller coaster of life. There are magnificent highs and the lowest of lows, but what people don’t warn you about are moments where every emotion takes you on a … more
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP. But make no mistake. The May 17 primary … more
It was bound to happen. The percentage of adults working from home has fallen significantly from its pandemic-era peak. Nevertheless, telecommuting has established itself as a lasting and … more
What were the two most used new words in the news last week? The term “Great Replacement.” I admit that I had never heard of the term until the recent attack in Buffalo by a white … more
“Our society values hot takes and tweets more than sustained thought,” claims Scott Hershovitz. In his book, “Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids,” he suggests a … more
Some recent nighttime temperatures have been good, even outstanding — in the 50s and 60s with little or no humidity. That meant that I could throw up the windows and count sheep to my heart’s … more
Earlier this month, Adrienne Westenfeld wrote a piece in Esquire magazine about the recent rise in the number of banned books. According to the American Library Association, the number in the United … more
Before the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, patients who preferred to obtain medical services through video chats or phone calls were unlikely to be reimbursed for those expenses. Medicare, for … more
Throughout my lifetime, I’ve been exposed to much in the way of cartoons and their characters. Some of that was by choice; some was by circumstance. In thinking about all that, though, I’ve … more
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