Flu shots still available

WAKE COUNTY — With a particularly harsh flu season this year, Wake County Human Services Medical Director Kim McDonald wants to remind people that it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the best protection from flu and its complications. North...

Make teacher compensation appropriate to a 21st century profession

In the book, That Used To Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, a liberal columnist for the New York Times, and Michael Mandelbaum, a professor of American foreign policy at John Hopkins University, argue that America has fallen behind in the world it invented. And although many of t...

Healthcare hits keep coming

by Brian Balfour In recent days the Affordable Care Act landed a one-two punch against the economy and working families. One of the fundamentals of economics is the lesson that incentives matter. Institutional rewards and punishments for certain behavior will result in people...

Here come the turnaround consultants

by Scott Mooneyham That the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a turnaround consultant to help sort out its Medicaid operations does not say good things about where things currently stand within the state agency. Obviously, where things stand in the...
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Of Spenser and Seuss

by Jean McCamy Robert B. Parker died in 2010 and I think I subconsciously put off reading Sixkill, the 39th and last Spenser novel, because I didn’t want to say goodbye. It was hard to turn the last page. Spenser fans have happily followed not only the lead character, but his...