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Sometime during this season you will no doubt hear or maybe even sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This spirited cumulative song, with each verse built upon the previous one, lists the increasingly lavish gifts given by the recipient's true love.
This is the supposed to be the season of peace on earth, good will toward mankind, but one is hard pressed to find much evidence of these qualities.
An Octogenarian woman took her pre-teen grandson out to plant pine seedlings, explaining that one day they would grow into tall trees that provided shade and wood to build houses.
"He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled)," Captain John Smith told the 1609 Jamestown colonists.
Seventy years ago on August 14, 1945, America and its Allies observed V-J Day, the end of World War II.
It has been four years since Republicans took control of our legislature. They now control all three branches of state government.
When I was a boy we could walk out on the shore of our Neuse River summer home, cast out a line on a rod and reel and catch enough good-sized Croakers for supper in about an hour.
North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk.
Unfortunately for North Carolina, a handful of large commercial fishermen and 13 coastal legislators are blocking an honest discussion about the dwindling supplies of flounder and other fish in our waters.
State Treasurer Janet Cowell's surprise announcement she wouldn't seek re-election left many wondering who should be the next "keeper of the public purse."
In 1984, Jim Martin and Rufus Edmisten were opponents in our state's gubernatorial election. As with any statewide election, it was a hard fought contest, but one that can provide lessons for today.
That's the question North Carolinians should be asking our legislators concerning the budget they just passed. Lawmakers came to Raleigh in January with the primary task of setting a new two-year budget prior to the beginning of the state fiscal year July 1.
When my grandfather was president of Campbell College I remember his stories of students who paid tuitions with hams, cabbages or produce from their family's farm.
No matter how good the crystal ball, it is impossible to predict what will happen in 2015. Perhaps it will be easier to identify the people likely to either make or respond to North Carolina news events.
Shortly after the first Thanksgiving early settlers started migrating west in search of cheaper, less crowded and more available land. Ironically, today's cheaper, less crowded and open land is more often found in the rural east and far western sections early settlers left.
In January, Pat McCrory will begin his third year as Governor, but his first chance to fully develop a biennial budget that reflects his priorities.
When the framers of our state's Constitution were assigning duties and responsibilities to the various branches of government they wisely delegated to the voters decision-making responsibility for should government incurring debt.
Few are surprised our legislature came up to the deadline to pass a new state budget and was forced to pass a continuing resolution. It's a regular occurrence.
North Carolina has transformed from the Pepsi Generation to the Pepto population. In 1950, the median age in our state was 26.5 years. By 1981, it was almost 30 and the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services reports it as 36.9 years in 2009.
Will North Carolina ever reform Medicaid? After more than two years, we aren't much closer to reform solutions today than we were a year ago.
At least two North Carolina magistrates have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages, citing conflicts with their religious beliefs.
The UNC Board of Governors perhaps opened a can of worms by allowing three historically black universities to lower their SAT admission standards.
I initially registered as a Democrat because my parents were, but also because you had to be a Democrat if you wanted to vote in North Carolina's primary elections in the 1960s.
Whether your team won or lost a good friend put this week's elections in proper perspective.
Leaders have been telling us for more than a decade. We want the rest of the story, specifically how are we going to pay for them.
You've heard the spin the media, the progressives and the professors have put on the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, but let's step back and look at what this is and isn't about.
Jim Arch always stood out in a crowd. His red hair, blue eyes and bushy mustache attracted attention, but his engaging, charismatic personality drew people to him.
Jim Graham, our late Commissioner of Agriculture, used to entertain audiences by braying like a mule, explaining that the mule was not only the symbol of the Democratic Party but also a reminder of our roots as an agricultural state.
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