Through the eyes of a child

Through the eyes of a child

In the past years, I have written about my friend Jerry. Jerry was handicapped as a child with polio and other problems, but he overcame those limitat...

October 6th, 2017 |  


Americans make the country great

Americans make the country great

Last week, this column highlighted some simple pleasures that should have brought a smile to people’s faces. The column did just that. For 800 w...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Richmond County choosing between clean air, good jobs

Richmond County choosing between clean air, good jobs

Many residents and officials in Richmond County seem to miss the fact that the Enviva plant requires an air permit. A permit provides permission to po...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Your health is in your own hands

Your health is in your own hands

If I recall correctly, this is the date I was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago. But I’m not sure, really, because I have “chemo b...

October 4th, 2017 updated: October 5th, 2017. |  


Election laws need changing

Election laws need changing

When I first started covering politics there were three registered Democrats for every one registered Republican in North Carolina. The chairman of my...

October 4th, 2017 |  


Conversation with a gun shop fly-on-the-wall

The late William Raspberry, a longtime columnist with the Washington Post, sometimes described an imaginary D.C. taxi driver, “the cabbie,”...

October 3rd, 2017 |  


Lost Carolina college featured in mystery novel

Lost Carolina college featured in mystery novel

What is North Carolina’s best-known and most influential college? It might be an institution that went out of business 60 years ago, Black Mount...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


Median household income on the rise

Median household income on the rise

John Locke was wrong. You might be surprised to see the chairman of the John Locke Foundation make that admission, but venerating a historical figure ...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


Hillary: The never-ending story

Hillary: The never-ending story

If you voted for Trump and are of the middle class, then you are one of the deplorable ones of America — according to Hillary and Hollywood. The...

September 29th, 2017 |  


For kids to cut grass, adults must cut red tape

For kids to cut grass, adults must cut red tape

It’s not every day a small business venture goes from the front yard to the White House lawn in just a season. But for Frank Giaccio, a young an...

September 28th, 2017 |