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May 21, 2018

One of the oddities of our political moment is how frequently we are asked to tease out the layers of meaning of remarks by President Donald Trump as though he had chosen them with the care of a good poet. The latest controversy - although by the time this appears it may have been overtaken by…


N.C. lawmakers should keep payday lenders at bay

May 21, 2018

To its credit, North Carolina was a national leader in saying no to the payday lending that takes advantage of people who struggle to get by from paycheck to paycheck.

Payday lending has been illegal here since the General Assembly passed a law banning such businesses in 2001.

So why would members…


Cooper budget proposal relies on extra taxes

May 21, 2018

What is a tax increase? Sounds like a simple question. But when politics intrudes, simple becomes complicated — or even convoluted.

One possible definition is that a tax increase is when you pay more taxes this year than you did last year. But what if you get a pay raise at work? All other…


Garner: What falls from heaven

May 20, 2018

I read recently about a mama raccoon and her four babies falling through the ceiling and onto the living room couch of a Michigan home.

The closest I ever came to that was a lone dead squirrel that wormed its way around the uncompleted mounting of a new ceiling light fixture, was apparently…