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April 20, 2019

Last week, during the daily commute along the ever-harrowing Interstate 81, I pulled into the emergency lane for two brief but important stops. One at 199,999. Another at 200,000.

I wanted to share the momentous odometer readings with the previous owner of the car I was driving. That might seem…


Mayor Pete understands the power of stories

April 20, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, the highly improbable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, made this insightful comment to The New York Times: "The story that we tell, not just about government but about ourselves, and the story we tell people about themselves and how…


Legislators need to stop micromanaging local affairs

April 20, 2019

There are some, who after winning election to the General Assembly and crossing the threshold of the Legislative Building in Raleigh believe they’ve been transformed.

They acquire knowledge and insight beyond that of the hoi polloi.

That must be the only reason for the continued to raft of…


Solar power deals increase electric bills

April 19, 2019

Roughly $1.25 billion. That's how much Duke Energy customers will be overpaying for electricity over the next 10 to 15 years. We can thank North Carolina law — and Gov. Roy Cooper — for the higher bills that come with long-term solar energy contracts Duke has been forced to accept.…