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July 16, 2018

With President Trump announcing Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the public discussion has turned to whether a new justice will tip the ideological balance of the Supreme Court and help overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that…


Proposed Amendments end checks and balances

July 16, 2018

Thanks to tinkering by North Carolina’s General Assembly, voters this November will face a virtual book of a ballot, chock full of somewhat bewildering constitutional amendments.

Some are rather silly, such as the amendment to establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish ... except when…


North Carolina excels in school value

July 16, 2018

If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least three ways you could respond.

You could question what I mean by “top-ranked system.” You could challenge the factual accuracy of my claim. Or you could contest the…


Storm: Words fail me when it comes to chair calculations

July 15, 2018

I am a word person.

Even as a child I remember being enthralled by reading and writing assignments. I thumbed ahead in books and finished chapters while other were still struggling through the opening pages. 

Having parents who were always reading to me probably was the key to my love of the…