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Stoops: Today, NC’s Common Core turns 5

Stoops: Today, NC’s Common Core turns 5

On June 3, 2010, the North Carolina State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Common Core State Standards and to become a governing member of one of the… Read more »

Martin: NC’s “Only in America” tale

Martin: NC’s “Only in America” tale

He was the most famous North Carolinian in the country, for a moment back in the late 1950s and 1960s. Today, you rarely hear his name. My children, who grew… Read more »

Richardson: Memories at The Rock

Richardson: Memories at The Rock

I think it was spring of 1964 I found out that a race track was being built up on U.S # 1 Highway  where NC Highway 177 met, at Newton’s Point…. Read more »

Hudson: Meaningful work creeps through gridlock

Hudson: Meaningful work creeps through gridlock

Partisanship and gridlock – aren’t you tired of it? Me too. That’s why it’s a priority of mine to break through the gridlock, build relationships across the aisle, and find bipartisan… Read more »

Pastor Hill: The God of permanent peace

Pastor Hill: The God of permanent peace

THE GOD OF PEACE – OUR PROVIDER: Romans 15:30-33 The phase, “the God of peace,” found in Romans 15, reveals to us what God is, namely the Provider of peace…. Read more »

Goodman: Budget the result of the ‘art of compromise’

Goodman: Budget the result of the ‘art of compromise’

Across the state spring has ceded to summer, and here at the legislature we are embroiled in the process of creating a budget for the next two years. Crafting this… Read more »

Spradlin: Today is not the day to thank a veteran

Spradlin: Today is not the day to thank a veteran

Taking the time to thank a veteran today might not get you the response you might want or expect. Today is Memorial Day.  Not Veterans Day. There is a distinct… Read more »

Pastor Hill: Unfeigned faith

Pastor Hill: Unfeigned faith

Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. We… Read more »

Helm: On Memorial Day, the memories come flooding back

Helm: On Memorial Day, the memories come flooding back

Throughout the year, we reflect back to the brothers and sisters we have lost while they served our nation in uniform. For many of us, especially at this time of… Read more »

Burns: A second, deeper meaning of national debt

Burns: A second, deeper meaning of national debt

What’s our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt. I see a soldier wading ashore at Normandy on June… Read more »

You Decide: How will the job market change?

You Decide: How will the job market change?

Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is… Read more »

Stoops: An overview of the NC House K-12 education budget

Stoops: An overview of the NC House K-12 education budget

Although I agree that other parts of the House budget are problematic, their K-12 education budget includes additional funding for a number of promising initiatives and research-based programs. Clearly, the Republican… Read more »

Richmond County Hospice turns 30

Richmond County Hospice turns 30

This past Saturday, Richmond County Hospice celebrated our 30-year anniversary. A celebration was held in a rustic chicken house at Triple L Farms in Derby. The chicken house was transformed… Read more »

Spradlin: I never liked Jan Brady

Spradlin: I never liked Jan Brady

Bobby was the cute little boy and Cindy the cute little girl; Peter was the creative one, Greg the smart one and Marsha the beautiful. Growing up and watching “The Brady… Read more »

Stevenson: 51 legislatures

Stevenson: 51 legislatures

Fifty-one legislatures cannot govern a nation.  Fifty-one legislatures cannot write a law.  Fifty state legislatures cannot write coherent national law.  Only the federal government can do that.  But some of our state legislatures are… Read more »

Pease: Should we fear Operation Jade Helm?

Pease: Should we fear Operation Jade Helm?

Military Operation Jade Helm 15 is billed as the largest peacetime military exercise in sixty years, although no one can remember one larger, or one involving more civilians. Wartime yes,… Read more »

Baxley: The Sanja Matsuri Festival

Baxley: The Sanja Matsuri Festival

Today was one of the most celebratory religious festivals of the year in Japan, the Sanja Matsuri festival (literally meaning “Three Shrine Festival”). It involves parading around the district of… Read more »

Skenazy: A world where driving your kid to the store is attempted murder

Skenazy: A world where driving your kid to the store is attempted murder

Fantasy cannot be the basis for policy Here’s the case: A few years back, a mom left her son in the car for what everyone agrees was less than 10… Read more »

Benjamin: Add Korea to the axis of diplomacy

Benjamin: Add Korea to the axis of diplomacy

The George W. Bush administration famously dubbed Iran, Iraq, and North Korea the “Axis of Evil.” The White House accused that ominous-sounding triumvirate of funding terrorism and developing weapons of… Read more »

Martin: Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice

Martin: Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice

Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom… Read more »

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