It’s not as bad as Charlotte

It’s not as bad as Charlotte

Terri and I were driving out of Charlotte last Friday night on U.S. 74 East. We were heading home from Charlotte toward Monroe, after visiting friends...

December 9th, 2017 |  


Parents count when judging schools

Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers in district-run public sch...

November 28th, 2017 |  


“Yeah, but what about …?

“Yeah, but what about …?

“Yeah, but what about …?” If you had a brother or sister, you probably said it when you were a kid. If you had a cousin you played w...

November 25th, 2017 |  


Parties differ on government’s scope

Parties differ on government’s scope

Most voters in North Carolina and the rest of America cast ballots reliably for either Democratic or Republican politicians — even if the voters...

November 24th, 2017 |  


Giving thanks for America

Giving thanks for America

This Thanksgiving I shall give thanks for America. America is a great place to live, work, and play. Foreign people want to crash the party. That is a...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


Carolina tax reform sets pace

Carolina tax reform sets pace

North Carolina has already accomplished what Republicans in Washington want to pass — historic tax reform that caps or eliminates special-intere...

November 21st, 2017 |  


Better than I deserve

Better than I deserve

If you’ve been to church at some point in your life, you have heard the words, “mercy and grace.” For years I thought they were sort...

November 19th, 2017 |  


Road leads back to public TV

Road leads back to public TV

I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him.The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the “...

November 17th, 2017 |  


Whose election is it?

Whose election is it?

We do not want the Russians — or anyone else — to influence the outcome of our elections. But interfering in elections is an everyday occu...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Why we fight for freedom

Why we fight for freedom

I’m a conservative without a conversion story. Plenty of others have such a tale — they read a certain book, had a certain teacher, or som...

November 14th, 2017 |