Op-Ed

Juneteenth becomes new national holiday

Even before President Joe Biden signed the bill establishing Juneteenth as the official federal holiday observance to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth was viewed by many Black Americans as the best contender for celebrating emancipation and for acknowledging the impact Black American soldiers had in saving the Union. Indeed, this should be “a sacred day” for Black Americans and a commemoration for all Americans.

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Op-Ed

Be careful with the name

“What’s in your wallet?” You probably quickly recognized that question from the credit card commercial on TV. There’s Samuel L. Jackson, wanting to know the contents of your billfold, and if that special credit card he especially wants you to have, is in there.

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Op-Ed

Cutting corporate tax helps consumers

With negotiators for the North Carolina House and Senate confirming that they’ve agreed on the broad outlines of a state budget for next year, the prospect of ending the state’s 2.5% corporate income tax is one step closer to becoming reality. A phase-out is already in the Senate’s budget plan, and key House members have endorsed the idea.

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Op-Ed

Can we keep our democracy?

Following the work of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, which established the American governmental system, someone asked Benjamin Franklin, one of the delegates who attended the Philadelphia Convention, what had they created? And Mr. Franklin’s response was, “A Republic if you can keep it.”

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Op-Ed

The middle of the road

Recently, I heard a preacher on TV encouraging his congregation about a subject he was excited about. While exhorting them to take a stand, he said, “The only thing you’re going to find in the middle of the road is something that has been run over!”

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