‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

You know how when someone says to you, “No offense, but …,” you know they are about to say something offensive enough to need a disc...

December 30th, 2016 |  


A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

My last column of 2016. And what else could I write about this week other than the gut punches this year gave us?I’m talking about the way you f...

December 29th, 2016 |  


My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

In the true spirit of Christmas, but one that goes against the prevailing I-want mentality of the holiday, I’m not asking for anything special t...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

A week or so after Halloween, a bank teller asked me if I had finished my Christmas shopping. The question surprised me. Not because I find it odd tha...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Dallas Woodhouse is a big, fat liar.I’ve been thinking it for a while, but his actions in recent weeks have confirmed this.I have been on a slow...

December 22nd, 2016 |  


Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Without hesitation, let me start today’s column by wishing everyone out there a hearty “Merry Christmas.”For the visually impaired w...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Pat is running from tarnished legacy

Pat is running from tarnished legacy

In political science courses we often analyzed the legacy of different politicians, and it seems politicians have picked up on the fact they are judge...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Take the time for a second letter

Take the time for a second letter

Once upon a time, a very young Marcel Proust published his first book, a collection of stories and sketches called “Pleasures and Regrets.”...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Last week Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his defeat in the state election.A day or two later a Facebook friend posted a story from Forbes that bragged on M...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Though I wouldn’t favor either, a ban on classic novels in schools might be more acceptable if the detractors also targeted rap song lyrics that...

December 9th, 2016 |