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Farmers exempt from noise complaints, county zoning

Farmers exempt from noise complaints, county zoning

Last week in the Legal Corner, we began a segment involving legal matters North Carolina farmers encounter when starting their …

August 28th, 2015 |  

Superman inspires floating ‘flight’

Superman inspires floating ‘flight’

I know what you’re thinking: How and why did he have to bring Superman into the picture? Because I can. …

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 29th, 2015. |  

Has pumpkin spice craze finally peaked?

Has pumpkin spice craze finally peaked?

There was a simpler time, not long ago, when the changing of the seasons was quite obvious. We had the …

August 27th, 2015 |  

Research shows promise of school choice

Research shows promise of school choice

RALEIGH — As a very public advocate of parental choice in education for most of my adult life, I am …

August 27th, 2015 |  

‘A bubbly blonde’: Remembering Alison Parker

‘A bubbly blonde’: Remembering Alison Parker

ROCKINGHAM — I was downstairs in the Richmond County Judicial Center chatting with one of the bailiffs following a double-murder …

August 26th, 2015 updated: August 27th, 2015. |  

Budget delays a tactic to keep spending low

Budget delays a tactic to keep spending low

The news this week that legislative leaders will miss another deadline in their efforts to pass a two-year state budget …

August 26th, 2015 |  

No silver spoon in my mouth

No silver spoon in my mouth

Since I’m now retired, I don’t have to worry about setting an alarm clock to wake me up every morning …

August 25th, 2015 |  

Trump, Romney and Terry Sanford

Trump, Romney and Terry Sanford

How did Donald Trump make Mitt Romney president in 2016? That is the question some pundits could be asking each …

August 24th, 2015 updated: August 24th, 2015. |  

District tour shows value of job creators

District tour shows value of job creators

After a few months of productive legislative work, I’m glad to be in North Carolina where I get to spend …

August 24th, 2015 updated: August 24th, 2015. |  

Legal issues crop up for N.C. farmers

Legal issues crop up for N.C. farmers

One of the wonderful aspects of the state of North Carolina is its agriculture. North Carolina’s agricultural industry includes food, …

August 21st, 2015 |  

The Clintons: America’s royal family

The Clintons: America’s royal family

Welcome to the 2016 presidential race. Slow down — there’s a problem with those words. This race did not wait …

August 21st, 2015 updated: August 21st, 2015. |  

Dems’ strategy neglects Senate to beat McCrory

Dems’ strategy neglects Senate to beat McCrory

RALEIGH — After months of speculation and hand-wringing among Democrats, the party is finally fielding candidates to take on Republican …

August 21st, 2015 |  

Classic coffee: Good to the last drop

Classic coffee: Good to the last drop

I bought a cup of coffee tonight. I know that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it was. …

August 21st, 2015 |  

Real reform for low-income students

Real reform for low-income students

One of the most often cited justifications for the radical education “reforms” in the General Assembly these days is that …

August 19th, 2015 updated: August 19th, 2015. |  

A memorable visit to White Lake

A memorable visit to White Lake

If you have ever lived in the Piedmont or Coastal Plains sections of our great state of North Carolina, you …

August 18th, 2015 |  

When to control those summer caterpillars

When to control those summer caterpillars

Many people enjoy catching a glimpse of butterflies and moths as they float and flutter through the landscape. Monarch butterflies …

August 18th, 2015 updated: August 18th, 2015. |  

State summit in D.C. to focus on job growth

State summit in D.C. to focus on job growth

North Carolina is home to more than 163,600 small businesses that employ 1.6 million people, about half of the state’s …

August 17th, 2015 |  

‘Little Rivers’ meets ‘Interstate Eateries’

How is Bland Simpson’s upcoming book, “Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams,” helping me write my book …

August 17th, 2015 |  

Don’t let online likes, shares define you

Don’t let online likes, shares define you

“In this digital age, where everything seems picture-perfect online, I know it’s hard not to say ‘Why them and not …

August 14th, 2015 |  

Planned Parenthood’s monstrous butchery

Planned Parenthood’s monstrous butchery

You have to believe in miracles before you can wish for one. I believe in miracles. I believe in the …

August 14th, 2015 |  

Unearthing a mishmash of memories

Unearthing a mishmash of memories

Today, I will be celebrating my 16th wedding anniversary. In 16 years, I have come to the conclusion that my …

August 14th, 2015 |  

Make Medicaid reform meaningful

Make Medicaid reform meaningful

As we wind down the current legislative session, there are persistent murmurings that the Republican leadership in the House and …

August 13th, 2015 |  

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