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September 22, 2018

Sharon and I took our first college student out for a late dinner this week after some computer shopping. An amazingly knowledgeable young man in the computer store hooked us up with what he considered the optimal choice in a laptop for engineering majors.

I keep reassuring Carly that she is free…


Democrats see a surprise opening in Ohio House race

September 22, 2018

An oft-used, if hackneyed, axiom is: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Applied to politics, it means that if you lose a special election, don't try again in the general.

Danny O'Connor says he's going to defy that conventional wisdom. Last month, the 32 year-old Democrat barely…


Nonpartisan districts needed to restore democracy

September 22, 2018

There was the thought of leaping onto a desk and screaming “you tell ‘em” when a three-judge federal panel delivered a stern comeuppance for lawyers representing the General Assembly in the ongoing congressional redistricting case.

In their order last week to stay action of their…


At our best when times are worst

September 22, 2018

It happened once again with Hurricane Florence. Whenever North Carolina is in crisis — such as with storms or other catastrophes — we collectively rise to the occasion. Politics, rivalries and past animosities disappear, and we witness the best of humanity.

We have to commend state…