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July 22, 2017

Laurels — To the efforts of the Books from Birth Early Literacy Coalition of Eastern North Carolina. The coalition sought to combine the resources of multiple organizations working to improve childhood literacy. It also started incorporating books — and lessons about reading —…


RUTLEDGE: An obvious cure for the misery of misophonia at the dinner table

July 22, 2017

Time magazine wrote a few months ago about the misery of misophonia, a malady that health scientists only recently agreed to consider an actual disorder. I discovered it after my wife put the condition on display at the dinner table.

People who suffer from misophonia can become highly annoyed by…


Congress needs to come home and stay

July 22, 2017

In their fervor to repeal and replace Obamacare, our Congress has run head first into a wall of political reality: once you extend benefits to people it is almost impossible to take them away. Despite all the bluff and bluster, Congress can’t come up with the needed votes to replace Obamacare,…


Don't quit, Jeff Sessions

July 21, 2017

In an extraordinary interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump was inappropriately critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It is stunning that a president would so publicly criticize one of his most loyal senior supporters. Trump's interview was almost an invitation for Sessions…