The Minotaur and today’s politics

The Minotaur and today’s politics

Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year...

August 23rd, 2016 |  


Freedom rises in North Carolina

Freedom rises in North Carolina

RALEIGH — The latest report card about freedom is out — and North Carolina shows progress in several areas. But some of our grades are sti...

August 22nd, 2016 |  


Teacher pay ideas get test

Teacher pay ideas get test

RALEIGH — Try something new? I’m all for it. But whether you are talking about changing your diet, changing your career, or changing your ...

August 17th, 2016 |  


Putting our veterans first

Putting our veterans first

If you go to the movies this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching one of many superheroes. America loves a superhero — s...

August 5th, 2016 |  


Chang and Eng: Chapter two

Chang and Eng: Chapter two

Sometimes a simple newspaper column can take its writer to surprising places.For instance, after my column on the Siamese Twins was published last mon...

August 5th, 2016 |  


Leave logic out of this

If you’re stuck in an unwanted situation, you have three options:Option No. 1: Try to escape it.Option No. 2: Try to enjoy it.Option No. 3: Rese...

July 26th, 2016 |  


Our two great Robert Morgans

North Carolinians of my generation have been blessed with two important Robert Morgans. One is the mountain-born-and-raised and acclaimed writer who i...

July 18th, 2016 |  


Clinton needs Biden — so do we

Clinton needs Biden — so do we

For her sake, and for ours, I hope Hillary Clinton asks Joe Biden to run for a third vice presidential term this fall.There are several important reas...

July 17th, 2016 |  


The history of Elder Ralf Freeman: Anson County slave-turned-preacher

The history of Elder Ralf Freeman: Anson County slave-turned-preacher

If you are a descendant of the Rev. Joe Ratliff of West Deep Creek Missionary Baptist Church then you are also a descendant of Elder Ralf Freeman beca...

July 17th, 2016 |  


Fixing our mental health system

Fixing our mental health system

This week, 422 Members of Congress joined together to pass the most significant reform of America’s mental health system in decades.In the after...

July 15th, 2016 |