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In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Samuel Alito’s argument began and ended with the claim that abortion is never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. But I contend it is … more
Among the long list of things the internet has encouraged is to turn too many of us into overly enthusiastic blowhards, as well as elevate not too few of us into high-minded, self-appointed … more
Long ago and far away when dinosaurs roamed the world and I was a wee young lad — well, at least a young lad — I was often not very fond, detested at times even, hearing much in the way of … more
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation. A well-balanced diet includes a proper mix of the … more
I realize that when I posted to the Bynum listserv asking why there was not more diversity in the “Viewpoints” section of the Chatham News + Record that I may have ruffled some feathers. I wrote … more
While I write this to honor my wife, Dawn Streets, upon her retirement from Chatham County Schools, I also hope to raise further awareness of and appreciation for the admirable work of all … more
North Carolina is blessed with more than its share of great writers. And I am looking over some of my favorites from my 20-plus years hosting PBS-NC’s North Carolina Bookwatch. One of the very … more
Remember when rapid automation was going to render large swaths of the workforce unemployed? Politicians and other professional worrywarts warned that robots would displace production workers, that … more
When I first began covering state politics and public policy in the late 1980s, North Carolina families dissatisfied with the quality of education provided by their local school district had limited … more
My family and I self-isolated last week due to our infection of COVID-19. We had mild symptoms and incredible friends who brought dinner, books, board games and a 500-piece puzzle. I’m not sure … more
We frequently use terms and phrases in our language as shortcuts. For example, in my youth the word “cool” was a shortcut for approval. To complicate matters, the shortcut terms often change over … more
HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill. That … more
It was the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who wrote long ago that “in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” And while that’s true, although he didn’t … more
The North Carolina General Assembly is losing its best member. At least that is what the member’s dad thinks. My son, Grier Martin, is resigning his North Carolina legislative position … more
Technology and I aren’t the best of friends. It’s not that I really despise it. I just don’t understand most of it and am not very good at using what I do sort of understand. There is some … more
When it comes to fostering new businesses, North Carolina is doing better than average — but not as well as we could be. That’s a fair reading of the latest Indicators of Entrepreneurship … more
Software upgrades are a nuisance. They’re foisted on us through our tech devices at the most inopportune moments and force upon us changes that are, at least on occasion, unwanted — and sometimes … more
Preparing for this month’s 60th reunion of my Davidson College class, I thought about a talk I gave in 1997 to my father’s class’s 65th reunion. When those men first arrived at college in … more
The focus in the labor market over the past year has been on the labor shortage. Not all workers who left their jobs during the COVID-19 recession have returned as the economy has improved. This … more
On June 9, at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, nine different readers stepped to the lectern and took turns reciting each of the 65 mass shootings in this country since November 2018. After … more
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