Community members gathered in Oxford on Tuesday night to pray together and remember the nine people slain June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, one of many held in recent days throughout our nation.
It promises to be a long hot summer in the Legislative Building in Raleigh as House and Senate leaders try to come up with a final budget agreement for the next two years with hundreds of millions of dollars and dozens of policy issues in dispute between the two chambers’ spending plans.
In nearly three decades of writing a syndicated column on North Carolina politics and government, I’ve always received reader response. Back in the day, I’d get an occasional phone call or personal letter, but most of the response came in the form of letters to the editor. The reader would typically praise a point I made or criticize it. Only rarely would there be an emotional outburst or personal attack.
"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.
Could this, at last, be the end of the Civil War?
Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion.
Elson Floyd was not just a good man, he was a great man. The Henderson native, who died Saturday from cancer, made significant contributions in the field of higher education.
Throughout our area, countless people know the Henderson Family YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think.
In July, there will be new rules of the road for moped drivers, with further changes possible.
Rick Perry’s running for president again, which means we have to endure a bunch of talk about what he calls the “Texas Model.” The rest of us call this the “Texas Miracle,” or the economic special sauce of low taxes, low regulation, low spending and tort reform that he says created boom times in Texas while the rest of the country struggled. Hire me, goes his logic, and I’ll make sure someone hires you. Being president is good work if you can get it.