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Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.
 
At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine.
At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine.
 
For a while it appeared North Carolina’s leaders were heading down the road of bipartisan cooperation, something we can all applaud.
For a while it appeared North Carolina’s leaders were heading down the road of bipartisan cooperation, something we can all applaud.
 
Occasionally, I get notes or emails from readers, often with a kind word, but sometimes not so kind.
Occasionally, I get notes or emails from readers, often with a kind word, but sometimes not so kind.
 
Lib, my retired Methodist Pastor wife, and I have been married for 55 years and our household has always been filled with interesting, sometimes differing but generally entertaining conversations about current issues.
Lib, my retired Methodist Pastor wife, and I have been married for 55 years and our household has always been filled with interesting, sometimes differing but generally entertaining conversations about current issues.
 
The number of cries to reduce restrictions and re-start our economy grow louder each hour, it seems.
The number of cries to reduce restrictions and re-start our economy grow louder each hour, it seems.
 
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States.
 
In truth, it was surprising that resistance to the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 didn’t surface sooner, but now they are organized, becoming louder and more heated.
In truth, it was surprising that resistance to the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 didn’t surface sooner, but now they are organized, becoming louder and more heated.
 
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year.
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year.
 
The late television comedian, Jack Benny, was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money.
The late television comedian, Jack Benny, was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money.
 
The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building.
 
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist Bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks.
 
Will Coronavirus Be as Bad as the 1918 Flu Epidemic in North Carolina?
 
The American Revolution may have claimed “the shot heard round the world,” but the 2020 Primary Elections had the endorsement heard round the country.
The American Revolution may have claimed “the shot heard round the world,” but the 2020 Primary Elections had the endorsement heard round the country.
 
Every human requires food, clothing, shelter, air and water to survive. Many of us don’t worry about these basic needs, but food scarcity and shelter are concerns for too many North Carolinians.
Every human requires food, clothing, shelter, air and water to survive. Many of us don’t worry about these basic needs, but food scarcity and shelter are concerns for too many North Carolinians.
 
Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise.
Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise.
 
The John Bolton I experienced at Duke’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected.
The John Bolton I experienced at Duke’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected.
 
As we plunge into North Carolina’s 2020 election cycle I’ve been thinking about what is wrong with current debate models and what can be done to make them more interesting and informative.
As we plunge into North Carolina’s 2020 election cycle I’ve been thinking about what is wrong with current debate models and what can be done to make them more interesting and informative.
 
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
 
There were many leaders in the civil rights movement, but none shone so brightly as Dr. Martin Luther King.
There were many leaders in the civil rights movement, but none shone so brightly as Dr. Martin Luther King.
 
Three former Governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.
Three former Governors, who led our state for 28 years, took center stage at Memorial Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus last week. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.
 
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes.
We have said this decade will be called the “Transformative Twenties,” so let’s explore some of those changes.
 
The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace in most homes and automobiles were not just for the rich.
The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace in most homes and automobiles were not just for the rich.
 
Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s number one story in 2020.
Barring some unforeseen economic happening or weather-related event, politics will be North Carolina’s number one story in 2020.
 
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word quarrelsome.
How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word quarrelsome.
 
How can we learn to live peaceably with all of God’s creation?
How can we learn to live peaceably with all of God’s creation?
 
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state.
North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state.
 
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday?
Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday?
 
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower… and paid a price for it.
I have great empathy with the Ukrainian whistleblower. I was a whistleblower… and paid a price for it.
 
‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving And all through the state. The turkeys were frightened They’d end up on your plate.
‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving And all through the state. The turkeys were frightened They’d end up on your plate.
 
What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children.
What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children.
 
Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions.
Sadly, a secure retirement is out of reach for millions.
 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.

Trust

 
If asked to identify our biggest problem today in one word how would you answer? My word would be trust.
 
The President’s Acting Chief of Staff stood in the White House briefing room and confessed to activities considered by some impeachable, by others at least illegal. In closing, he proclaimed: “I have news for everybody. Get over it!”
The President’s Acting Chief of Staff stood in the White House briefing room and confessed to activities considered by some impeachable, by others at least illegal. In closing, he proclaimed: “I have news for everybody. Get over it!”
 
The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and Superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.
The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and Superintendent for Public Instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.
 
A search committee is at work to select the next president of the 16 campus UNC System.
A search committee is at work to select the next president of the 16 campus UNC System.
 
The outside of the envelope was printed in big bold type: “Do Not Destroy. Official Document.” Being one who generally follows rules, I wouldn’t dare destroy and couldn’t wait to open it.
The outside of the envelope was printed in big bold type: “Do Not Destroy. Official Document.” Being one who generally follows rules, I wouldn’t dare destroy and couldn’t wait to open it.
 
Climate change has become less about science and more about politics.
Climate change has become less about science and more about politics.
 
At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.
At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.
 
Do you remember the movie “Groundhog Day?” Every day the protagonist, Bill Murray, awakened to live the day, February 2nd, over and over again. North Carolinians might be justified feeling like we’ve lived this movie.
Do you remember the movie “Groundhog Day?” Every day the protagonist, Bill Murray, awakened to live the day, February 2nd, over and over again. North Carolinians might be justified feeling like we’ve lived this movie.
 
High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury.
 
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