What are the tradeoffs where we live?

My wife and I enjoy watching the TV program House Hunters on the HGTV network. It’s about first-time homebuyers navigating their way through purchasing a home. The ultimate decision comes down to three homes, with the suspense culminating in the final choice. Each show follows a...

DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers who have disabilities

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however, much to Rebecca’s surprise, North Carolina’s Division...

For a cleaner environment, support domestic natural gas production

President Obama has called natural gas “the bridge fuel that can power our economy.” He’s right. The natural gas industry is driving economic growth. Natural gas production supports 2.8 million domestic jobs and adds $385 billion to our economy annually. Further development could...

McCrory in a tough position over incentives

State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they? The latest chatter in the capital is about whether House and Senate members will be called back by Gov. Pat McCrory to consider legislation that would result in...

Taking a look back

In the summer of l966, I attended a writers’ workshop in Raleigh and heard a columnist for the Smithfield newspaper talk about her writing adventures. It sounded like so much fun, I came home and asked Bob and Peggy Allen at The Wake Weekly if I could write a column for them....