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May 27, 2017

Living out of my mother’s barn is getting old, but old things can bring new enjoyment.

With more than half of our “stuff” stored in the barn, we occasionally must drive the 3 miles from our rental house just to retrieve some needed tool or other such necessity.

Our plan to build a…


May 27 Darts & Laurels

May 27, 2017

Darts — To a sand mine near Pactolus that expanded its operations without obtaining permits, excavated in a buffer area mandated to shield neighboring properties and excavated on property it did not own. Neighbors also complained about noise and truck traffic, but the Pitt County Board of…


Does the legislature need a curfew?

May 27, 2017

“Nothing happens on the streets of this town after midnight that you need to be a part of,” my parents told me as a teen. Concerned I had neither the experience nor the judgment to impose this discipline on myself, they imposed a midnight curfew on me. I didn’t like it but came to…


The cost of American leadership

May 27, 2017

At our best, being a great nation has always meant a commitment to building a better, safer world. This has meant leading the world in advancing the cause of peace, responding when disease and disaster strike, lifting millions out of poverty and inspiring those yearning for freedom.

This calling is…