This grandma prefers comfort over style

by Jean McCamy Noel Coward’s song, Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Noon Day Sun is often quoted in the summer, but a winter paraphrasing might be, “only sled dogs and soccer grandmas go out in the noon day cold.” There’s a good chance the soccer parents and NFL fans...

Former Governor Jim Hunt got it wrong

If state leaders want to improve North Carolina’s education system in the future, they will have to begin with a better understanding of the history of school reform in our state. Unfortunately, the current education debate has become more about political gamesmanship than hard...

The Big Mo: Raleigh area’s success story

by Jim Tynen A new survey suggesting the future looks bright for the greater Raleigh area has important lessons for the whole state. Newgeography.org recently published a study of which metro areas have the most economic momentum as 2014 gets under way. The Praxis Strategy Group...

Trying to peer behind the legislative curtain

by Scott Mooneyham Throughout the debate of a sweeping voter ID and elections law bill, Republican supporters said it was an attempt to restore public confidence in the election process. Democrats, at the state and national level, called it a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress...
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Take the year-round gardening challenge

By Charlotte Glen Horticulture Agent N.C. Cooperative Extension I have a challenge for you: Grow at least one type of vegetable each season of 2014. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Vegetables can be grown outside in southeastern N.C. from late winter through late fall. And, if you...