A terrible grandmother

A terrible grandmother

Back in my drugs and gambling days I did a lot of “things” I was ashamed of doing. But I don’t know if I’ve ever been more ash...

January 7th, 2016 |  


Make a federal case of it

Make a federal case of it

Lately I’ve been reflecting on North Carolina’s history as, well, the political equivalent of a cantankerous old coot.You know the fellow ...

January 6th, 2016 |  


Words really do matter

Words really do matter

During the Vietnam era, I researched and taught career U.S. Army officers the subject we now call “terrorism.” We were aware that the outc...

January 4th, 2016 updated: January 4th, 2016. |  


Anger just isn’t enough

Anger just isn’t enough

Are you angry with your government?Regardless of your views, there is ample reason for you to be angry about recent governmental actions. Conservative...

January 4th, 2016 |  


Will economy improve in 2016?

Will economy improve in 2016?

This is the time of year when economists shine – or at least they try to. The early weeks of a new year are always the period when I receive the...

January 2nd, 2016 |  


New Year’s Dayis a good time tocontemplate time

From the New York Times …New Year’s Day is a holiday of time. It marks another click on the odometer. Some people have lots of miles left....

January 1st, 2016 |  


Big questions need right answers

Big questions need right answers

What will North Carolina policymakers be working on in 2016 and beyond? If you desire novelty, expect to be disappointed. Public education, health car...

December 30th, 2015 |  


Smith’s snubbingof gaming laws ispure arrogance

If nothing else, Jeffrey Smith of Dublin is a persistent individual. The shame of it is that his persistence is aimed in an entirely unproductive dire...

December 29th, 2015 updated: December 29th, 2015. |  


What if recession comes?

What if recession comes?

Now, History with a capital “H” is not our infallible overlord. Its insights can be imprecise and confusing. Nevertheless, while there is ...

December 28th, 2015 |  


It’s a very tough job

It’s a very tough job

You know who I feel sorry for? Today’s politicians.You’ll laugh at this, but hear me out. This is a very tough time to be a politician ...

December 26th, 2015 |