Measuring value added is essential

Measuring value added is essential

What difference does it make?No, I’ve not become jaded, defeatist, or desperate. I’m naturally optimistic. While perfection is impossible ...

August 23rd, 2017 |  


Hate should have no place in our nation

The violent events that transpired in Charlottesville were very disturbing and a terrible sign for our country and the nation. Three people lost their...

August 22nd, 2017 |  


Maybe we need a benevolent dictator

Maybe we need a benevolent dictator

“What we need,” said Dale, “is a benevolent dictator.”“Yeah,” I replied. “But I don’t remember reading...

August 20th, 2017 |  


Plastic bag ban should go

Plastic bag ban should go

My family and I just spent a week at the beach — and found our big stack of reusable grocery and retail bags to be rather handy.If you’ve ...

August 18th, 2017 |  


Some ideas have hideous consequences

Some ideas have hideous consequences

In 1948, a 38-year-old North Carolinian and English professor at the University of Chicago coined a memorable phrase: “ideas have consequences.&...

August 16th, 2017 |  


Volunteer fire departments face recruitment struggles

Volunteer fire departments face recruitment struggles

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been touring volunteer fire departments and talking to firefighters and emergency workers in all regions of our gr...

August 15th, 2017 |  


Tobacco wasn’t a ‘labor of love’

Tobacco wasn’t a ‘labor of love’

When I saw the title of the article in “Our State” magazine, I laughed. The title was “Memories of pulling tobacco, a labor of love....

August 13th, 2017 |  


Electoral College: A spark in a powder keg

Electoral College: A spark in a powder keg

The absolute fundamental requirement for democracy is majority rule. That end is obtained by voting. If this requirement and procedure are abridged, d...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Lincoln a racist?

Is it a mystery or a myth?Republicans boastfully claim they are the party of Abraham Lincoln, but was he a racist, or merely not a champion of racial ...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Know these five budget facts

Know these five budget facts

During the recently completed legislative session, the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to...

August 10th, 2017 |