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Jobs are a crucial part — some would say “the” crucial part — of the economy. People take jobs to earn money. They spend the money on products and services to support their … more
There’s something about shock and awe that sticks with you. Twenty years ago, my workshop for newspaper journalists at a conference center outside Warsaw, Poland, was interrupted with the … more
For more than a decade we’ve studied the problem exhaustively, we’ve talked about it almost incessantly, we’ve engaged the latest curriculum du jour, and have spent more than $50 … more
Oh no, oh no! I got swamped! Swamped by an intended kindness gone awry. You want to know what transpired? Well, remember, you asked! During a recent interaction with a person I’d not met … more
North Carolina is about to become the 40th state to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The bill drew huge, bipartisan majorities of legislators. Republican leaders resisted … more
When my first grandchild Charlotte was born just over a week ago, my simultaneous reactions were: “It’s about time,” and, “I’m not ready for this.” As … more
Phillip Gerard’s latest book, “North Carolina in the 1950s: the decade in motion,” came out in early March. That might sound impossible because Gerard died last year on Nov. 7. … more
North Carolina is the birthplace of miniature golf. Like Ohio mistakenly claims to be “first in flight,” Tennessee makes false claims on putt-putt. Don’t be fooled. Shipping … more
All the cars are yellow. Trucks, too. Yours, mine, everyone’s. No matter what color they started out as or where you find them — driveway, highway, or car lot — … more
Elected officials and Siler City town staff took a crucial step in reaching out to residents by hosting a town hall at First Missionary Baptist Church in late February. It was the first event of … more
A buddy of mine in public relations tested an artificial intelligence program by asking it to write a newspaper editorial for him about an obscure ruling in environmental law. He said the program … more
In the latest round of the culture wars in school systems across the U.S., “equity training” is a rallying cry for those from both sides of the political aisle to take up arms and prepare … more
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, Gov. Roy Cooper and other officials began exercising government power in ways unprecedented in modern times. They shut down businesses, withheld basic … more
Moral beauty. Like that term? I love that term. Bet you’re wondering what it means. Moral beauty is the beauty of people’s actions reflecting deep character, generosity and virtue. … more
When Terry Holland died at 80 on Feb. 26, national news reports set out his distinguished record in glowing detail: successful coaching records at Davidson and the University of Virginia and … more
From time to time in this space, I have ranted about the advent and increased use of and dependency on technology. It’s not so much that technology itself is bad; rather, it’s how we use … more
“I’ve got an albatross around my neck!”  How many times do we hear that idiom, know what it means, but can’t recall its origin? Travel fleshes out whatever … more
I spend my days, nights and weekends managing the Yolo Entertainment Group, which operates the Sycamore at Chatham Mills, 39 West Catering, and the event venues Forest Hall and The Studio (formerly … more
North Carolinians want their election laws to include a photo ID requirement. They’ve made this clear many times. In 2018, a large majority of voters chose to add such a requirement to the … more
Who owns the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill? The faculty? The Chancellor? UNC Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees? The University System’s Board of Governors? Or … more
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