Opinion (206)

It’s time to wake up, North Carolina. Enough is truly enough.

In truth, it’s well past time lawmakers take substantive steps toward rewriting or eliminating much of the arcane laws governing alcohol, painfully documented in N.C. General Statute 18b.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 19:20

COLUMN: Perusing pictures of the past

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We all know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. It's been ingrained in our minds as long as we can remember. 

Thursday, 07 February 2019 16:42

LETTER: The Bible is pro-coercion

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To the editor:

This is a response to Michael Maharrey's opinion column “Is the Bible 'Pro-Government?'”

Let's begin by stating some obvious facts. 

While North Carolina has become more accommodating to those outside the two-party paradigm, with the recent recognition of the Green and Constitution parties, third-party and unaffiliated voters are still getting the shaft.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 18:12

COLUMN: Yearbooks and purity tests

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When I was kid, National Lampoon released its parody of high school yearbooks. It was a send-up that was irreverent, bawdy, and hilarious. I was 10 years old when it came out and, along with Mad Magazine, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Saturday Night Live" skits, it shaped my sense of humor. It could never be published today.

On Jan. 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain.

Monday, 04 February 2019 14:37

COLUMN: Columns can change political views

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 I have written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers since 1986. Have I influenced how readers think about the issues I discuss? I certainly hope so, at least to some extent.

Friday, 01 February 2019 13:14

COLUMN: The power of writing and words

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As proven many times, if you put letters together, you can form words. If you string words together, you get paragraphs. Assemble a number of paragraphs together, and you get a story. If you put the stories together, you have a lifetime.

We don’t have to travel very far each day before having the privilege of passing an American flag on display. The flag represents honor, respect, freedom and pride for our country as well as helping us remember those who currently serve and those who have served our country. 

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