February 24, 2018

A half dozen years ago — although it seems like a lifetime — our nation waited to see how leaders in Washington would respond to the horrifying shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary. Washington, as we know, did little — as Washington has…

School Shooting Florida-2

February 23, 2018

Less than a week remains until the 2018 filing period ends for people who want to run for the General Assembly and other public offices in North Carolina.

Unless there’s a dramatic rush by candidates on boards of elections around the state, the complexion of the next legislature won’t…

Early Voting NC

February 22, 2018

Many years ago, Robert Benchley, a celebrated humorist, essayist, film actor and regular at New York's Algonquin Round Table, took time in an article to reflect on misconceptions about his city, widely viewed in those days as a cesspool of sin, gin and cynical sophistication. In truth, he…

Obit Billy Graham-3

February 21, 2018

It’s not just a laugh line from “Animal House.” Students at the University of North Carolina really are put on double-secret probation.

UNC Chapel Hill refuses to identify the students it disciplines for sexual misconduct despite an exception to federal student privacy laws…

February 19, 2018

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Fayetteville Friday to look at damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, to see what’s been fixed and what hasn’t. Nearly 18 months after the worst flooding in Fayetteville’s history, there’s altogether…

Hurricane Matthew North Carolina-5

February 18, 2018

The killing of 17 students last week in Florida raised voices of concern here about the safety of our schools. Unfortunately it’s a topic we are too familiar with. We wrote about it most recently in January after the last school shooting.

That one was in Kentucky on Jan. 24. Just two students…


February 16, 2018

It is obvious that Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, has intensified his dialogue offensive to win over South Korea.

Precautions need to be taken against a situation in which a rift would emerge in international efforts to contain North Korea, while there is no progress…

APTOPIX South Korea Koreas Olympics-1

February 16, 2018

The bipartisan budget deal passed on Feb. 9 suspended the debt ceiling through March 1, 2019, increased spending by $300 billion and raised spending caps first put in place in 2011 at the peak of the tea party movement.

It also keeps the federal government on track to hit $1 trillion annual…

Budget Battle-2

February 15, 2018

Ignore the flim-flam, and President Donald Trump is offering some good ideas with his infrastructure proposal. The question is whether it's too little, too late.

Broadly, the plan envisions spending $200 billion to stimulate investment by states and businesses, with a goal of restoring roads,…

Trump Infrastructure New Orleans-8

February 14, 2018

Amid the uncertainty and tumult over the shape of North Carolina congressional and legislative districts, whether some elections might be canceled and even who will administer elections, it is rather remarkable that officials and politicians can figure out which offices are even going to be on the…

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