North Carolina

A cheeseberger's boy

The older I get, the less I’m inclined to offer an opinion. As I watch from the shoulder, viewing self-absorbed politicians slowly mangle ... is more to my liking. For North Carolina Republicans, a high speed wreck comes to mind. Get too close to the scene and pay dearly. Stand back, and watch nature and physics take their course.

Ignorance is the "new" North Carolina

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom.

“A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service.

NCGOP advises members to elevate HB 2 pseudo-contrition, pandering

The only unknown was the exact time and place this would commence.

A national group that says having the GOP incorporate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) agenda into its platform is “the conservative thing to do” has apparently established a beachhead on Jones Street.

Surely you jest

One year ago to the month, it was about religion freedom. Another day, another disdainful bullshit session in the North Carolina General Assembly. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. And anyone who thinks the Republican controlled NCGA is a legitimate body of organization and representation on matters pertaining to the welfare of the State is truly vacuous.

Apex hick attorney won't seek re-election

When you compare Apex to Raleigh, the bastion of small town charm doesn't compete with the metropolis. Rural in many ways, Apex and other small towns in North Carolina still cling. To their insidious ideology whether from homegrown Southerners or transplants, pseudo (in many ways) Christian beliefs, small government, less taxation, astute and proud, overt and covert bigotry.......and the list goes on.

Obama's smog plan splits black leaders

Keep an ear out

President Barack Obama's aggressive environmental agenda is running into a surprising source of opposition: Black elected leaders.

The administration is slated to tighten the restrictions for ozone, the pollutant that causes smog, by Oct. 1, but some African-American state and local politicians are lining up with business groups to warn that the clampdown would hurt poor communities and manufacturing centers like Gary, Ind., and St. Louis.

No video after dark

This past week, two young beachcombers, however defined, innocently played and splashed in the ocean at Oak Island. From different walks of life and different parts of the country, life changing events occurred. To exploit anything further is irrelevant. Folks along the coast including Wilmington, Calabash, Oak Island or North Myrtle Beach might connect with this song. Others, maybe not. Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers speaks eloquently. And words are appropriate for support.

Somewhere in hospital rooms in North Carolina, there are two people forever connected to the coast. In mind, spirit, heartache, pain, and wonderment. Many people across the state, the nation, and the world, are with you.

May this song land in your laps and brighten your days ahead.

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