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May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I ask all North Carolinians to join me in thanking our hardworking educators. We are fortunate to have them. As state superintendent of North … more
Our legislature has been in session since Jan. 30 and at last count 17 bills had been approved by both houses of the legislature and sent to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for approval or veto. … more
When we started traveling with the Friendship Force, one of our instructions was a caution not to discuss politics or religion. As it has turned out, we have had very compatible hosts and guests and … more
This small-town New Jersey guy tackles the big city of Philadelphia. I always loved the country of Jersey at Wenonah and Pitman, and visited Philadelphia only at pre-Christmas and to visit my Aunt … more
Media coverage of the college admissions scandal, which included several notable business figures and at least two Hollywood actresses, has captivated many folks over the last few weeks. These … more
Proverbs 24:10 (ESV) “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Sometimes when life hits us, we feel like crawling into our shell rather than take on the challenge. … more
“Oh Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me and deliver me.” — Psalm 7:1 Trust is a big issue for a lot of people. It is the firm belief in the … more
In last week’s column, I shared the first part of the message given at the funeral for Ian Frazier Lewis, whose mother, Missy, was like a member of our family when she was growing up. The message … more
This is about a smart little dachshund dog (spelled by granddaughter Ruthie, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior) owned by Mavis Dew of Wake Forest that is only 8 inches tall and weighs only 8 pounds, but it … more
Carol Folt’s swift departure from the chancellorship of UNC-Chapel Hill a few weeks ago and her just as swift hiring as the president of the University of Southern California got me … more
Its finally here. After months of short days and cold temperatures, spring has arrived. I am sure I am not the only one excited about this. How can you not be excited? Trees and flowers are once … more
Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God … more
North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now accounts for a … more
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend. Our traditional tribalism – Republicans and Democrats — has … more
I’m not a hockey fan. The only game I have ever watched all the way through was when my great-granddaughter played, briefly, for a Boys and Girls Club team. It was actually an interesting game and, … more
Sometimes it is hard finding truth. That’s where I am regarding the UNC Board of Governors. Three top officials within the University of North Carolina System have resigned or been fired this … more
The term “four-letter word” is commonly used to refer to a list of English language words considered profane. In comedian George Carlin’s 1972 monologue, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on … more
In his letter to the Wake Weekly on March 29 [“A response to equating Nazis to ‘socialism’”], Vincent Burke referred to my warnings about the grave danger socialism poses for America. He … more
In North Carolina, political power is divided. Republicans control the state legislature, although without the supermajorities they once enjoyed. Democrats occupy such jobs as governor and attorney … more
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” — Philippians 2:3 (ESV) Most of us have heard the expression, “I’m … more
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