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Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe’s efforts to acquire land near Kings Mountain to build a casino. Burr also criticized the Cherokees for lobbying against full recognition…

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Will Gov. Roy Cooper have a wall this summer? Could it be something like Donald Trump’s wall on the Mexican border that he promised to build? Do you remember how he said he would veto the emergency spending bill unless it included funding for this wall?

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I thought I was so smart back in 2016 when I wrote that Democrats, who were confident they would defeat Donald Trump, should be pulling for him to win.

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Dick Spangler, who died last week, changed my life dramatically and forever. That makes it hard to write an objective and proper tribute to the Charlotte business leader and former president of the University of North Carolina System.

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When I was in France recently, Anthony Bourdain, also in France working on his popular and influential food and culture program for CNN, took his life.

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You did not get to a parade or service on Memorial Day. You did not get to the Normandy beaches last week for the anniversary of D-Day. Yet you are feeling a need to be in touch with the sacrifices that service men and women made for our country’s sake — for our sake.

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Can the experience of world-renowned musician and North Carolina native Joseph Robinson contribute to North Carolina’s ongoing dialogue about the purpose and value of higher education?

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Is the cold weather really over at last? And if the warmer season is here, what are some good books you should consider for your spring reading list? Here are four recent novels from three of North Carolina’s most popular writers and one from a promising debut author, all of them featured on…

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Who would be on your list of North Carolina public intellectuals? I asked that question recently in a column about some of our state’s influential people who could take the places of the late UNC president William Friday, Duke professor John Hope Franklin, and other smart, public-spirited an…

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Here is a New Year’s resolution you should have made: During the upcoming Black History Month, I will read at least one book that helps me better understand the challenges African-American people have faced and are facing.

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Sometimes fiction is a better teacher than history books or newspaper columns. A powerful new novel set in Pinewood, North Carolina, a fictional modern foothills town, proves the point.

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If Charles Robert Jenkins were still around, we could ask him about how to best deal with North Korea. Jenkins, in case you don’t remember, was the soldier from Rich Square, North Carolina, who spent 40 years in that country after deserting across the border while serving in the U.S. Army in…