When fundraising looks an awful lot like plain old fraud

When fundraising looks an awful lot like plain old fraud

Nearly 60 cents of every dollar collected in third-party fundraising campaigns went to charitable causes over the past fiscal year, with the remaining...

November 27th, 2017 |  


Lesson from my toppled hero

Lesson from my toppled hero

Stunned.North Carolina lost another monument. It came like a flash.And I am still reeling.Charlie Rose was one of North Carolina’s nationally be...

November 27th, 2017 |  


Parents count when judging schools

Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers in district-run public sch...

November 27th, 2017 |  


Who are we? What are we?

Who are we? What are we?

Most of the time — or rather I should say all of the time — my words just seem to flow with no end to them. The only thing that stops them...

November 24th, 2017 |  


More voices are needed in the media world

More voices are needed in the media world

For the first 20 years of my career I was a radio broadcaster in Greenville, Wilson, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, and later Raleigh and Durham. At t...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


From the Enola Gay to the grassy knoll

Imagine an American World War II veteran who visited the Enola Gay aircraft before it flew into history. Imagine a U.S. Marine sent to Japan immediate...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


The battle that comes with your dream

The battle that comes with your dream

“I want to write a book. I want to build a business. I want to blah blah blah.”No you don’t. You don’t want this.You want to w...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


A glimpse into a family’s thankful past

A glimpse into a family’s thankful past

Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful:For natural ...

November 21st, 2017 |  


A woman’s life and a new look back at NC history

A woman’s life and a new look back at NC history

Does the life of a Jewish woman who was born, lived, and died in the same house in Goldsboro have lessons for today’s historians?The answer is, ...

November 20th, 2017 |  


Tar Heel State sets pace for tax reform

Tar Heel State sets pace for tax reform

RALEIGH — North Carolina has already accomplished what Republicans in Washington want to pass — historic tax reform that caps or eliminate...

November 20th, 2017 |