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Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:38

COLUMN: In 2020, cast your vote for a regular Joe

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As the three of you who read this column already know, I took off last week to celebrate Thanksgiving. While enjoying my time off from the column, I was thinking of some things I could do with my spare time and what to do if this big-time columnist thing would ever come to a conclusion.

Friday, 06 December 2019 17:28

COLUMN: I hear a train a-comin'

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A town or county can be compared with a train. First of all, to build both, a lot of planning and hard work has to be done. People have to get involved.

My eight-year-old daughter Abby recently started reading "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was prompted, in part, by watching the "Little House on the Prairie" television episodes with her great-aunt. Coincidentally, I have been reading more lately about some of the key women in history who promoted the ideals of individual freedom, limited government, non-coercion, and voluntary cooperation through trade. Rose Wilder Lane is one of these women. She was born on this day in 1886.

In early November, French President Emmanuel Macron complained that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is experiencing "brain death" as its member states go their own ways, with "no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making." U.S. president Donald Trump's reply: "Nobody needs NATO more than France." The two continued their duel over NATO's future at an early December meeting of the alliance's members in London.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 15:41

COLUMN: A trust fund for Silent Sam

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The email came from interim UNC-CH Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. Silent Sam would never return to the UNC campus. That seemed like good news on the day before Thanksgiving. But that was just half of the news. 

Not all pictures are worth a thousand words. But the picture of North Carolina’s new congressional map tells an important story. It’s a story worth more than most words generated in ongoing legal disputes about the map.

Monday, 02 December 2019 13:23

COLUMN: When taxes (almost) killed tap

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I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two interests was only a matter of time. That time is today.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 19:06

COLUMN: Thankful for everything ... except politics

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A political writer’s annual Thanksgiving column can be easy to write, or incredibly difficult to put together. It can also be inspiring or banal. The two are probably connected. It’s always a difficult one for me; its quality is a matter of your opinion. But hey, Turkey Day is just around the corner and it’s time to talk about being thankful. Please bear with.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I, like a lot of other people, begin to take inventory of all for which I am thankful.

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