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Medicaid work requirements were recently struck down by a federal judge in yet another state, which represents another positive step toward removing this undue reporting burden for the poorest Americans.

On this Independence Day we might do well to reflect not only on that date in 1776 in Philadelphia but also on that date in 1863 in Gettysburg. There during July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1863, occurred the largest battlefield carnage in our history. On July 4th the Northern and Southern armies face…

The issues raised in the June 24 Reflector concerning the thought of making a policy change regarding class rankings — should the awards of valedictorian and salutatorian be eliminated — present a Hobson’s choice. When there is not enough time to either study hard enough to be the best or to…

It is with sorrow and some degree of shame that I write about my evolving feelings regarding the American flag. I was proud to have been one of the boys (why was it only boys) chosen in the fifth grade to hoist Old Glory in the morning and take it down each day after school. I learned in Cub…

“Objectivity” (The quality or state of being just and unbiased, equitableness; the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions) as opposed to “subjectivity/sentimentality” is a concept critical in every aspect of human endeavor.

This week marked the delayed arrival of the Emancipation Proclamation into the state of Texas on June 19th, and the freeing of slaves in the Confederacy. It would still take nearly another year for slavery to be outlawed in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Whether it was Slick Willie, George Bush Jr. or Ronald Reagan, the president in charge usually takes the blame for things like gas prices and inflation. There is conventional wisdom that Biden will take the brunt this time and his party will suffer. Don’t believe that.

It would be so easy to dismiss the entirety of the Republican Party as being totally hopeless when it comes to doing anything constructive about the slaughter of our school children and other innocent citizens. Each time there is a mass shooting, this right-wing contingent of Congress can co…

For many years I was a faithful reader of Maryknoll magazine. In its pages I met a dynamic Catholic priest and Navy veteran, Roy Bourgeois. He exuded the love and compassion of Jesus. In 2013 when I learned he was coming to Raleigh, I found myself much like the woman in Jesus’ parable who on…

Conservatives typically respond to mass shootings with misleading claims about the causes. Star Parker’s June 3 column, “Gun laws won’t fix culture, spirit,” is no exception. She blames gun violence on a collapse of families and marriage, on moral decay, on men dropping out of the workforce,…

St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine agreed on the concept of justifiable warfare. They put forth six principles, all of which they said must be met, in order for one nation to go to war against another nation: (1) just cause; (2) proper authority; (3) last resort; (4) probability of success…

I have recently changed my Republican party affiliation because I no longer recognize the party. Still, my hope is that Republican leaders will wake up and remember what they once believed and who they used to be. I fear that the Republican Party as I knew it is gone forever. It has become a…

In their boundless love for children, North Carolina legislators, like their counterparts in Texas and Florida, are proposing laws against the dreaded assaults of sexual orientation. Thank goodness legislators are protecting us from dangerous references to LGBTQ culture in classrooms. Better…

Since the massacre at Uvalde, Texas, the Republicans have made it clear that they have no interest in passing gun safety legislation. Democrats claim that this shows that the Republicans are more interested in their own personal interests than in the interests of those they are elected to re…