Why scrap the debt ceiling?

Why scrap the debt ceiling?

Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man w...

June 29th, 2017 |  


State universities advance free speech

State universities advance free speech

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column that outlined emerging threats to freedom of speech on college campuses — and noted with alarm that few...

June 28th, 2017 |  


State’s proposedbudget deservesCooper’s OK

The devil, as they say, is in the details, and as is always the case with budgets as thick as the General Assembly’s that are largely crafted in...

June 27th, 2017 |  


Don’t let the riptide of angry politics pull you under

Don’t let the riptide of angry politics pull you under

What is the biggest challenge that we, as individuals, face in this time of angry, petty, and deceptive politics that has infected our public life and...

June 26th, 2017 |  


New budget srtikes a balance

New budget srtikes a balance

The main reason Gov. Roy Cooper and other North Carolina Democrats cited for opposing the Republican-led legislature’s new budget plan was that ...

June 26th, 2017 |  


The title ‘liberal’ has not changed

Recently, after I cited a Bible verse about a liberal man, someone responded with a snide comment about “how the meaning of the word liberal has...

June 26th, 2017 |  


Can pro sports spur economy?

Can pro sports spur economy?

Anyone visiting my home office immediately knows something obvious about me. The multitude of red baseball hats shows I’m a big Cincinnati Reds ...

June 24th, 2017 |  


Returning keyless from Vegas

Returning keyless from Vegas

What’s the first thing you do when you suddenly realize you’ve lot your wallet or pocketbook or keys?Panic?If that’s the case, there...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Jobs for the 21st century

Jobs for the 21st century

Did you know there are currently more than 6 million job openings nationwide? That’s the highest level since Washington started tracking this da...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Reasons forphotographsvery weak

A photograph might be worth 1,000 words, but for the second time in two weeks, it was numerous words that surrounded if a decision on whether a photog...

June 23rd, 2017 |