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“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,” the catchy children’s song goes.
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,” the catchy children’s song goes.
 
Wouldn’t it be nice if our state elected officials worked together amicably to craft a biennial budget?
Wouldn’t it be nice if our state elected officials worked together amicably to craft a biennial budget?
 
I laughed at the CEO of Morgan Stanley, James Gorman, who recently issued an ultimatum to his employees: Be back in the office by September or else.
I laughed at the CEO of Morgan Stanley, James Gorman, who recently issued an ultimatum to his employees: Be back in the office by September or else.
 
As a proud born and bred North Carolinian I thought I knew a lot about my native state.
As a proud born and bred North Carolinian I thought I knew a lot about my native state.
 
Even with their problems and shortcomings I strongly encourage you to support your local newspaper by subscribing to it
Even with their problems and shortcomings I strongly encourage you to support your local newspaper by subscribing to it
 
While we’re still fussin’ and fightin’ about the 2020 elections the 2022 races have already begun.
While we’re still fussin’ and fightin’ about the 2020 elections the 2022 races have already begun.
 
All across North Carolina “Face Masks Required” postings on businesses are being replaced by “Help Wanted” signs.
All across North Carolina “Face Masks Required” postings on businesses are being replaced by “Help Wanted” signs.
 
A new wave of legislation emerged across the country following the publication of the New York Times series, The 1619 Project
A new wave of legislation emerged across the country following the publication of the New York Times series, The 1619 Project
 
Is this what lies ahead for North Carolina?
 
Sometimes the lines of authority get blurred, especially in government.
 
In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester
In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester
 
The 2020 decennial census was problematic from the beginning and could lead North Carolina down a rabbit-trail of problems.
The 2020 decennial census was problematic from the beginning and could lead North Carolina down a rabbit-trail of problems.
 
It didn’t take long after former Governor Pat McCrory announced his candidacy for the US Senate that Democrats and like-minded columnists started calling him a “failed politician” who “doesn’t stand for anything.”
It didn’t take long after former Governor Pat McCrory announced his candidacy for the US Senate that Democrats and like-minded columnists started calling him a “failed politician” who “doesn’t stand for anything.”
 
Here are good reasons North Carolina should do the same.
 
Let’s applaud Governor Roy Cooper for recognizing that North Carolina’s public infrastructure is inadequate.
Let’s applaud Governor Roy Cooper for recognizing that North Carolina’s public infrastructure is inadequate.
 
North Carolina is poised to make great gains as we recover from the pandemic.
 
Be there anyone among us who leads or has led such a pure and exemplary life that he or she should be honored with their name on a building at our flagship university?
Be there anyone among us who leads or has led such a pure and exemplary life that he or she should be honored with their name on a building at our flagship university?
 
In a recent interview with her on PBS NC we talked about the numbers who had received the COVID vaccine and I asked when we might reach “herd immunity.”
In a recent interview with her on PBS NC we talked about the numbers who had received the COVID vaccine and I asked when we might reach “herd immunity.”
 
Congressmen rank at the very bottom of people considered trustworthy and ethical, tied with car salesmen at 8 percent.
Congressmen rank at the very bottom of people considered trustworthy and ethical, tied with car salesmen at 8 percent.
 
Something exciting has happened in North Carolina and we’re not talking about March Madness.
Something exciting has happened in North Carolina and we’re not talking about March Madness.
 
In a few days members of the North Carolina House and Senate will respectively name new members to the UNC Board of Governors (BOG).
In a few days members of the North Carolina House and Senate will respectively name new members to the UNC Board of Governors (BOG).
 
As a small business owner for most of my life I traditionally opposed raising the minimum wage on the grounds that it would trigger cost increases across the board for everything. Now I’m changing my thinking for several reasons.
As a small business owner for most of my life I traditionally opposed raising the minimum wage on the grounds that it would trigger cost increases across the board for everything. Now I’m changing my thinking for several reasons.
 
Our legislators were correct in forcing the issue to reopen our schools.
Our legislators were correct in forcing the issue to reopen our schools.
 
In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In today’s politics, it’s one strike and you’re out.
In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In today’s politics, it’s one strike and you’re out.
 
Am I alone or did it strike you as ironic that our State Board of Education met during Black History Month to determine how to characterize slavery and racism in social studies classes?
Am I alone or did it strike you as ironic that our State Board of Education met during Black History Month to determine how to characterize slavery and racism in social studies classes?
 
A recent study published by The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 53% of adults in the United States say their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.
A recent study published by The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 53% of adults in the United States say their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.
 
Nobody runs for Governor hoping he or she will be confronted with a major disaster while in office. At least we hope not.
Nobody runs for Governor hoping he or she will be confronted with a major disaster while in office. At least we hope not.
 
The great gift this Christmas was that help was on the way. The vaccine was a welcome gift 10 months into the pandemic. It is no exaggeration that North Carolina’s vaccination rollout started poorly.
The great gift this Christmas was that help was on the way. The vaccine was a welcome gift 10 months into the pandemic. It is no exaggeration that North Carolina’s vaccination rollout started poorly.
 
More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring
More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring
 
After the events of the past year, the last six months — especially last week — how is your spirit?
After the events of the past year, the last six months — especially last week — how is your spirit?
 
Without consulting “the Google” or any other resource answer these questions. What are the three branches of government?
Without consulting “the Google” or any other resource answer these questions. What are the three branches of government?
 
When the last of the three waves of the 1918 Spanish Flu subsided in 1920, America began an incomparable period of economic growth, good times and opportunity called “The Roaring Twenties.”
When the last of the three waves of the 1918 Spanish Flu subsided in 1920, America began an incomparable period of economic growth, good times and opportunity called “The Roaring Twenties.”
 
As we popped the cork to toast the new decade, we anticipated that 2020 would be an exciting year, filled with interesting developments — some good and perhaps even rambunctious. Nobody could have predicted the four crises we would face.
As we popped the cork to toast the new decade, we anticipated that 2020 would be an exciting year, filled with interesting developments — some good and perhaps even rambunctious. Nobody could have predicted the four crises we would face.
 
Here’s a question for North Carolina’s leaders: If what our state is experiencing right now isn’t a “Rainy Day,” pray tell what is?
Here’s a question for North Carolina’s leaders: If what our state is experiencing right now isn’t a “Rainy Day,” pray tell what is?
 
Make no mistake. Governor Roy Cooper fired a shot across the bow regarding the coronavirus.
Make no mistake. Governor Roy Cooper fired a shot across the bow regarding the coronavirus.
 
30 days out from North Carolina’s 2020 elections we now have greater perspective on what happened.
30 days out from North Carolina’s 2020 elections we now have greater perspective on what happened.
 
North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go let’s look at what to expect.
North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go let’s look at what to expect.
 
If we follow the advice given by medical experts, we will neither gather for the service nor for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
If we follow the advice given by medical experts, we will neither gather for the service nor for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
 
Let’s settle once and for all if there is bias in the media? YES!
Let’s settle once and for all if there is bias in the media? YES!
 
North Carolina drivers appear to want to make up for lost mileage as they pour onto our city streets and interstates.
North Carolina drivers appear to want to make up for lost mileage as they pour onto our city streets and interstates.
 
For the past 22+ years I have tried to be Switzerland (neutral) in producing and moderating a statewide TV talk show, as well as writing newspaper columns. My conscience won’t let me do it anymore.
For the past 22+ years I have tried to be Switzerland (neutral) in producing and moderating a statewide TV talk show, as well as writing newspaper columns. My conscience won’t let me do it anymore.
 
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