At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.
The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct.
Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a bygone era. This week, I'm going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites.
Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by...
Not all of my memories make me smile. This one does — but for a sad reason, and I will explain. My love for my mother will never go away as I know, and that maternal affection is something that just about all people share.
The propaganda machines on the right are spinning furiously these days trying to convince people that the folks currently in charge in Raleigh are big supporters of public education.
RALEIGH — North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in...
“There is no freedom from speech” is a phrase often uttered by First Amendment firebrands, usually when people call for government intervention to speech that offends them.
With the days still hot in North Carolina, it's hard to imagine turning on the heat, but winter's cold temperatures could bring increased demand for natural gas and increased energy costs for our families.
As I sit here on this first day of September and put my feelings and thoughts to ink and paper, my eyes fill with tears. These are not tears of fear, but tears of sorrow.
RALEIGH — When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They've largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending...
As a kid, my nose was almost always in a book and chances are that book was probably (A) Nancy Drew, (B) Harry Potter, or (C) a collection of urban legends.
Last week, my dad, my uncle and I were paddling our new boat down Cartledge Creek to where it runs into the Pee Dee River.
It was like the pleasure of a long letter from home.At least it was for this exile from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Dear Jennifer Adams:
Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we wrap up Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I'm excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat.
So you think you want a monkey?
After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy, unaccountable private-school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a...
RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, outgoing speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on May 28, a team of SWAT officers armed with assault rifles descended on a home outside of Atlanta and burst into a room where a family was sleeping. One of the officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room.
It's not every day that a columnist gets a letter from a chicken. But I got one from Speckles, who identified herself as the Chicken in Charge at Holland House.
President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.
Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern...
People willing to work for what they need and what they want will suffer the burden of their labor. They will take deep pride in their achievements — and what their labor has given them in return.
Several years ago, my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now, if you have been keeping up with my column, you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure.