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I got the dreaded letter in the mail: “You are hereby summoned to personally appear for jury service.”

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What happened? Did I miss it? Does anyone else feel the need to celebrate the accomplishment made 40 years ago in this county? To what am I referring? In the 1981-82 school year, John Graham and Norlina high schools were merged to form Warren County High School. The students came together to…

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Political conservatism, say its critics, is less a rational movement to shape the future than an irrational impulse to flee the present. Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. famously called it “the politics of nostalgia.”

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The North Carolina hospitality industry, primarily composed of restaurants and hotels, is a multi-billion-dollar sector in the state. As a percent of the state economy, its share has been growing in recent decades. The industry accounts for one out of every 11 jobs in the state. On average, …

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According to the latest estimate from fiscal analysts at the North Carolina General Assembly, our state government will take in about $6.2 billion more in General Fund revenue over the 2021-23 budget biennium than was originally projected last year.

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I was born in 1951, so my seven decades of life now make me a senior citizen. As I think back, our country has been through many crises in those 71 years. In 1951, we faced the uncertainty of a war in Korea. Later came the Cuban missile crisis, John Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam War, …

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When Morgan Reaves heard his sister, Elizabeth, chattering about the man she saw playing around atop Chimney Rock, he had plenty of reasons not to believe her. People just didn’t go climbing such steep cliffs, not in 1806 and certainly not for simple recreation. Morgan knew there wasn’t anyt…

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The next few weeks I bet you will be attending a graduation ceremony — yours or a friend’s or a family member’s. In an earlier column I shared my thoughts about the speeches given at those times. With a few changes, here is what I wrote. 

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North Carolina’s labor markets are healing — slowly. As of March, our state’s headline unemployment rate was 3.5%, comparable to where it was before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. More importantly, while our labor-force participation is still significantly below the pre-CO…

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Over the last few days, I have been asked why I have not endorsed a candidate in the North Carolina First Congressional District Democratic primary and why I have not offered a comment regarding Congressman GK Butterfield’s candidate endorsement.