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Drivers ed fee increase looks worthwhile

My son is nearing time to take drivers education in his public school. The $50 fee seems like a bargain. Now Legislators are considering a plan to raise those fees to offset their boneheaded proposal to cut other vital services … Continue reading

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N.C. teachers still on the run

Did you hear the one about the hitchhiker on I-40? He was heading west with a sign reading “Texas Or Bust.” Probably just another North Carolina teacher exploring better opportunities in Houston. And who could blame him? The governor and … Continue reading

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Getting weirder every single day

While some of us struggle to regain a sense of calm and normalcy in what sometimes seems to be a world gone over the edge, the damnedest things keep happening. Witness some of this morning’s headlines: First: Former McClatchy chief … Continue reading

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Washington Post weighs in on GHL client’s struggle with CIA

The following is a powerful and enlightening treatment of tension that exists in Johnston County, where ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights have been staged by the CIA with the support of a local company, Aero Contractors. G.H. Lawrence & Associate’s client, N.C. … Continue reading

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Mary Semans: The loss of a ‘little giant’

Mary Semans died this morning, a passing that marks the loss of a powerful force wrapped in one of the tiniest bodies you’ll ever see. Mrs. Semans couldn’t have been more than 4-feet-10 inches tall. By the time she died … Continue reading

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Ignore the smoke and seek the fire

I was just watching a live news conference held by Joe Amendola, the chief defense attorney for Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach charged with molesting young boys. So far, this case is so heinous and disturbing that … Continue reading

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We need Kerry Sutton in state Senate

Regular followers of this blog know I don’t typically endorse individual candidates. I did it for my friend Steve Schewel when he ran, successfully, for Durham City Council not long ago. Now I am doing it for Kerry Sutton. She … Continue reading

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Scrambling in a pool of sharks

It almost got to be tiring for a while. This was several months ago, of course. Over and over, it was the same refrain: “When the economy comes back ….” Well folks, I’m no economist, but I do operate a … Continue reading

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Steve Schewel: Durham really needs him

I don’t typically use this forum to plug individual candidates, but I’m making an exception in this case because it’s so important: Steve Schewel is running for Durham City Council. We need him. And we need him badly. Durham has … Continue reading

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Feed them and they will come

The deer we encounter each morning as my son and I head through northern Durham County to his river camp on the Eno are fearless. Literally. At least when it comes to humans and cars. Each morning, as we wind … Continue reading

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