Opinion (230)

Friday, 22 March 2019 15:23

COLUMN: Book-buying bonanza

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A couple of weekends ago, my wife asked me if I wanted to go to one of those big book sales the local library puts on when they realize they have too many books that no one checks out anymore. 

After it became clear Donald Trump’s Electoral College triumph would be accompanied by a popular vote loss, USA Today predicted renewed attempts “to kill the Electoral College.” Since then, Oregon has joined those national popular vote efforts, and Colorado is poised to, pending its governor’s signature.

According to CNN Business, "Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video."

First, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham blocked a bill to make the Mueller report public that passed the House 420-0. Then this weekend, Donald Trump continued his attacks on John McCain despite the Senator’s death seven months ago. Graham, who for years was seen as McCain’s sidekick, stayed quiet for the first few hours before offering tepid praise for McCain without rebuking the president. 

While election scandals, national issues, and candidate announcements for 2019 and 2020 races have dominated the political headlines, North Carolina is continuing to head in the direction of greater freedom. That’s welcome.

I'd like to start this week's column by proclaiming something: I don't have any money. 

Friday, 15 March 2019 14:56

Celebrate Rural Day in the Tar Heel State

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “rural?”

One of the 21st century's greatest heroines is behind bars again, held in contempt by federal judge Claude M. Hilton for refusing to help prosecutors trump up charges against the journalists who published information she paid dearly for giving them.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:14

COLUMN: Lower classes still struggling

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Last week, the News & Observer noted what most middle-class North Carolinians know is true: our economy may be better than it was when the Great Recession left us with almost 10 percent unemployment but it’s not the powerhouse that Republicans promised they’d bring if we let them slash taxes for the wealthy.

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