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Brexit: British decision and Trump's rise traced to same feelings

The British decision to withdraw from the European Union comes as no surprise. The British population, in large part, is similar to that of the United States, and both countries have many people who are tired of what they perceive...

Get real: It's time for both parties to give up fanciful notions

It's time for some members of both the Republican and Democratic parties to give up their fanciful notions about the upcoming race for president and get on board with what is going to be the real campaign. On the...

'Boots on the ground': Trump finding it hard to recruit experienced campaign staffers

Donald Trump has finally acknowledged the need for his campaign staff to be expanded. Trump won primary after primary with a bare bones staff, relying on TV coverage of his maverick campaign and the appeal he has for voters...

Publicity stunt: House sit-in on gun control was a dog and pony show

Gun control advocates in the United States House of Representatives staged a huge sit-in to bring attention to what they say is the need for stricter regulations on weapons. The protest came after the Senate voted down proposed rules...

Already battling: Debates between governor and attorney general should be good

Pull up a seat and grab some popcorn, rasslin' is about to come on. Before they even take the stage, Gov. Pat McCrory and state Attorney General Roy Cooper have begun tossing barbs at each other over the number of...

You're fired! Trump's firing of campaign manager seen as either strategy or desperation

Donald Trump did this week what he is best at. He fired someone. Only this time the person he fired was his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Are we witnessing the beginning of an implosion of the Trump campaign, or...

Running mates: Choice of vice presidential candidates could be crucial

With the national conventions looming, both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees, are looking at who might be the best running mates to join them on their respective tickets. Clinton  has Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren,...

Summertime: Today marks the beginning of that special time of year

Well, it's officially summer. Of course, it's seemed like summer for more than a month now, but today marks the beginning of the calendar summer, and that has special meaning. The summer solstice comes today at 6:34 p.m. and...

Pray for rain: County and rest of eastern part of state could use more wet weather

Wayne County and most of eastern North Carolina is heavily dependent on agriculture for its economic prosperity. And with field crops entering a crucial stage in their development, the need for rain has become crucial to many farmers' success....

Extraordinary gentlemen: The late Sens. Warren, Kerr and Barnes left legacy of leadership

Wayne County residents can take great pride in the accolades that were afforded three of its late leaders in the Legislature. The late Sen. Henson Barnes, the late Sen. John Kerr and the late Sen. Lindsay Warren were each...

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