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High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
 
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
Reading is the foundation upon which all learning is built, however North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.
 
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do?
If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do?
 
This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath.
This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath.
 
Tom Campbell's opinion piece, "We are re-segregating our schools," blames charter schools for "re-segregating" district schools. Using the term segregation, associated with the Jim Crow era ending 65 years ago, is intentional.
Tom Campbell's opinion piece, "We are re-segregating our schools," blames charter schools for "re-segregating" district schools. Using the term segregation, associated with the Jim Crow era ending 65 years ago, is intentional.
 
Whatever happened to Moderates?
 
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your seventh decade, every year should be both a celebration and a time for reflection.
What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t one of those milestone events, but after you pass your seventh decade, every year should be both a celebration and a time for reflection.
 
I grew up in the “separate but equal” school era, although we knew Black schools weren’t equal. The 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
I grew up in the “separate but equal” school era, although we knew Black schools weren’t equal. The 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
 
We have experienced a decade of economic growth and the big questions many are asking is whether this growth will continue or if there will be a recession in our future?
We have experienced a decade of economic growth and the big questions many are asking is whether this growth will continue or if there will be a recession in our future?
 
In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment.
In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment.
 
One of North Carolina’s great traditions is the annual community gathering to observe Independence Day. In the town of Oriental, all the churches unite for an outdoor community worship service, held as part of the annual Croaker Festival.
One of North Carolina’s great traditions is the annual community gathering to observe Independence Day. In the town of Oriental, all the churches unite for an outdoor community worship service, held as part of the annual Croaker Festival.
 
I’ve always likened North Carolina’s budget process to a dance, but this year it is hard to tell whether it’s a boogaloo, dosey-doe or the chicken dance. Longtime observers say they’ve never seen anything like what’s taking place.
I’ve always likened North Carolina’s budget process to a dance, but this year it is hard to tell whether it’s a boogaloo, dosey-doe or the chicken dance. Longtime observers say they’ve never seen anything like what’s taking place.
 
A friend recently posited the question, “If things are so good, why is everybody so mad?” At first, I chuckled, later realizing his premise made two assumptions worth pondering. The first is are things really so good? And is everyone mad?
A friend recently posited the question, “If things are so good, why is everybody so mad?” At first, I chuckled, later realizing his premise made two assumptions worth pondering. The first is are things really so good? And is everyone mad?
 
More than 800 gathered in Raleigh this week to address the Opioid epidemic. Five lives are lost each day and more than 13,000 deaths occurred between 1999 and 2017 due to Opioids.
More than 800 gathered in Raleigh this week to address the Opioid epidemic. Five lives are lost each day and more than 13,000 deaths occurred between 1999 and 2017 due to Opioids.
 
In 1788 the Hillsborough Convention convened to consider ratification of the US Constitution and also to approve an “unalterable” seat of government. They did neither.
In 1788 the Hillsborough Convention convened to consider ratification of the US Constitution and also to approve an “unalterable” seat of government. They did neither.
 
A group of healthcare stakeholders met in Raleigh last week for a first-ever “listen and learn” session focused on two questions: How much should we spend on healthcare and how should these dollars be advocated?
A group of healthcare stakeholders met in Raleigh last week for a first-ever “listen and learn” session focused on two questions: How much should we spend on healthcare and how should these dollars be advocated?
 
Can you remember the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those months without early risings, homework, tests and structure?
Can you remember the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those months without early risings, homework, tests and structure?
 
Our legislature has been in session since January 30th and at last count 17 bills had been approved by both houses of the legislature and sent to Governor Cooper’s desk for approval or veto.
Our legislature has been in session since January 30th and at last count 17 bills had been approved by both houses of the legislature and sent to Governor Cooper’s desk for approval or veto.
 
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend.
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend.
 
My Spin by Tom Campbell
 
We are in commencement “season” and platitudes aplenty will be spoken to graduates across our state.
We are in commencement “season” and platitudes aplenty will be spoken to graduates across our state.
 
“You ain’t from around here, are you?” These words, loosely translated, were probably first uttered by Manteo and Wanchese when Walter Raleigh’s settlers first landed on our Outer Banks. What once might have been a conversation starter has now switched to abject hatred toward immigrants.
“You ain’t from around here, are you?” These words, loosely translated, were probably first uttered by Manteo and Wanchese when Walter Raleigh’s settlers first landed on our Outer Banks. What once might have been a conversation starter has now switched to abject hatred toward immigrants.
 
I’ve been listening to the “back and forth” about the planned teacher rally next Wednesday and there are good points being made by both sides.
I’ve been listening to the “back and forth” about the planned teacher rally next Wednesday and there are good points being made by both sides.
 
Christians set aside this time for self-examination, reflection, repentance and preparation for Easter. Many sacrifice by giving up something or volunteering, essentially giving themselves to others.
Christians set aside this time for self-examination, reflection, repentance and preparation for Easter. Many sacrifice by giving up something or volunteering, essentially giving themselves to others.
 
We talk a lot about today's tribal, partisan politics, where the camps seem to migrate farther and farther to the right or left, screaming at and accusing each other of ever-increasing atrocities
We talk a lot about today's tribal, partisan politics, where the camps seem to migrate farther and farther to the right or left, screaming at and accusing each other of ever-increasing atrocities
 
Many are saying that the November 6 elections are all about Trump, a referendum either affirming or refuting his leadership
Many are saying that the November 6 elections are all about Trump, a referendum either affirming or refuting his leadership
 
About this time each year we looked forward to receiving the Sears Wish Book. This wonderful catalogue was about three inches thick, packed with thousands of items
About this time each year we looked forward to receiving the Sears Wish Book. This wonderful catalogue was about three inches thick, packed with thousands of items
 
We should start a petition for the National Weather Service to eliminate names starting with the letter "F" in naming storms
We should start a petition for the National Weather Service to eliminate names starting with the letter "F" in naming storms
 
Driving through North Carolina's countryside this time of year is both good for the soul and a reminder of the importance agriculture plays in our state
Driving through North Carolina's countryside this time of year is both good for the soul and a reminder of the importance agriculture plays in our state
 
"Whoever thought I was going to live so long," my 96 year old mother asked? She isn't alone
"Whoever thought I was going to live so long," my 96 year old mother asked? She isn't alone
 
Every Saturday night our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode
Every Saturday night our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode
 
If you could wave a magic wand and make one change that would provide the greatest benefit to rural North Carolina what would it be? I've been intrigued by that question ever since it was first posed during a panel discussion on rural issues
If you could wave a magic wand and make one change that would provide the greatest benefit to rural North Carolina what would it be? I've been intrigued by that question ever since it was first posed during a panel discussion on rural issues
 
"Pay me now or pay me later, but pay me you will," said the guy selling Fram Oil Filters in the 1970s TV commercials. I remembered those ads as I listened to the presenters at this year's Emerging Issues Forum
"Pay me now or pay me later, but pay me you will," said the guy selling Fram Oil Filters in the 1970s TV commercials. I remembered those ads as I listened to the presenters at this year's Emerging Issues Forum
 
When you reach a milestone it is wise to pause and reflect on the journey that brought you there
When you reach a milestone it is wise to pause and reflect on the journey that brought you there
 
Mike hated Christmas. Not the true meaning of the season but the frantic rushing around spending money just to be able to say you got the person a gift he or she wouldn't use and would most likely end up at the thrift store. Mike's wife wanted him to enjoy the season, but to no avail
Mike hated Christmas. Not the true meaning of the season but the frantic rushing around spending money just to be able to say you got the person a gift he or she wouldn't use and would most likely end up at the thrift store. Mike's wife wanted him to enjoy the season, but to no avail
 
When I was six years old I walked (yes, walked) to and from school, past the house of the biggest bully in the neighborhood
When I was six years old I walked (yes, walked) to and from school, past the house of the biggest bully in the neighborhood
 
Legendary NC SPIN moderator and executive producer Tom Campbell received the Order of the Henry Clay Oak Monday, May 1.
Legendary NC SPIN moderator and executive producer Tom Campbell received the Order of the Henry Clay Oak Monday, May 1.
 
Why is it that the hardest words to say are, "I'm Sorry," and "I made a mistake?" Think of the needless pain and problems that could be avoided if people, especially those in leadership, owned up to their mistakes
Why is it that the hardest words to say are, "I'm Sorry," and "I made a mistake?" Think of the needless pain and problems that could be avoided if people, especially those in leadership, owned up to their mistakes
 
Trusted Trump advisor Steve Bannon fired the latest salvo in the war against the news media, calling them the "opposition party," suggesting the media should be "embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."
Trusted Trump advisor Steve Bannon fired the latest salvo in the war against the news media, calling them the "opposition party," suggesting the media should be "embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."
 
What can we expect when Roy Cooper becomes the 75th Governor of North Carolina on January 5th? Cooper is the most experienced and knowledgeable officeholder we've seen in decades, having served in leadership roles in the legislature and as our Attorney General
What can we expect when Roy Cooper becomes the 75th Governor of North Carolina on January 5th? Cooper is the most experienced and knowledgeable officeholder we've seen in decades, having served in leadership roles in the legislature and as our Attorney General
 
These limericks can be read or sung to the traditional song "Over the River."
These limericks can be read or sung to the traditional song "Over the River."
 
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