We do speak a little different

We do speak a little different

Okay, I know we talk different. But we think you talk different, too.In college at ECU, I took a speech and public speaking class. Not knowing where I...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Done right, Medicaid program can lift up vulnerable North Carolinians

Done right, Medicaid program can lift up vulnerable North Carolinians

As North Carolina awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must e...

February 15th, 2018 |  


That old sweetheart of mine

When the flames of young love scatter, before slipping into their place in time, there remains in all the mornings of mature lovers who have generousl...

February 13th, 2018 |  


Inconsistency is common in politics

Inconsistency is common in politics

When the North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill with several moving parts — a newly reconstituted State Board of Elections, a rebuff of Go...

February 13th, 2018 |  


Falling down and getting back up

Falling down and getting back up

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics were held Friday. I’ll probably watch some of the events of the Olympics over the next couple of we...

February 10th, 2018 |  


New firms drive economic growth

New firms drive economic growth

Politicians in North Carolina and just about everywhere else in the United States seem fixated on attracting large companies to their states, often by...

February 8th, 2018 |  


Grade policy on a curve

Grade policy on a curve

North Carolina has become a national leader in implementing supply-side economics — but that doesn’t mean what you think it means.For some...

February 7th, 2018 |  


A conversation with the produce man

A conversation with the produce man

The old Native American man sat in front of me as I was assisting him with his monthly sales tax report for his small produce business. He was probabl...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


A bad actor

Epidemiologists, the people who study contagious diseases, believe that influenza is the greatest contagious disease threat to humans. The reason for ...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Lead with mind, not chin

Lead with mind, not chin

Roy Cooper is an experienced and capable politician. So far, his approval ratings are fine. But he’s hardly made of iron, or even Teflon. Inviti...

January 30th, 2018 |