New health care bill, old plot

New health care bill, old plot

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a different name, the Cassidy-Graham plan, but it shoul...

September 21st, 2017 |  


When the State tries the State, it wins

When the State tries the State, it wins

On Friday, Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Many of the peopl...

September 20th, 2017 updated: September 20th, 2017. |  


Rolling back the warfare state

Rolling back the warfare state

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American p...

September 19th, 2017 |  


4 books, 4 struggles for October reading

4 books, 4 struggles for October reading

Could a miracle hair straightening ignite a deadly epidemic? Can a scientist persuade you that the findings of his discipline show the existence of Go...

September 18th, 2017 |  


On reform, quicken the pace

On reform, quicken the pace

The annual testing data and report cards for North Carolina’s public schools are out. Here are the headlines. Achievement rose in some areas and...

September 18th, 2017 |  


The pollution of US politics

The pollution of US politics

In all of my many years of life, I have never seen this country turned upside down as it is today. It’s all because of one thing: The profession...

September 15th, 2017 updated: September 18th, 2017. |  


Cole Auditorium reopening for show season

Cole Auditorium reopening for show season

HAMLET — The show must go on. And it will, according to Cole Auditorium Director Joey Bennett, who has been eager for renovations to the auditor...

September 14th, 2017 |  


Four dates Carolinians should know

Four dates Carolinians should know

Now that North Carolinians can put “First in Freedom” on their license plates, again, it’s worth taking a moment to remember key mom...

September 13th, 2017 |  


Exploiting to raise debt ceiling

Exploiting to raise debt ceiling

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously counseled politicians to never let a crisis go to waste. Sadly, this week President Trump and ...

September 12th, 2017 |  


Back to college: Dream come true or nightmare

Back to college: Dream come true or nightmare

At your age, could you go back to college and get some of the experiences that you missed?It would be a dream come true for some of us. Or a nightmare...

September 11th, 2017 |