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Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman is the second book from Miriam Horn who currently is an author with the Environmental Defense Fund. Perhaps more telling than the book’s title is its subtitle: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland. This book is well conceived, well researched, and beautifully written. The heroes of course are the rancher, the farmer […]

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The recent election results appear to contradict logic. Hear, hear! Outsider Donald Trump, sensing the overregulated governing structure imposed by Barack Obama, sent the progressive movement on vacation as he confounded the “experts” and dispatched Mrs. Bill Clinton to the showers. Hooray for dismantling the bloated Federal government and returning decision making nearer to the […]

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Robert Arthur Neff is the author of an exciting new novel titled Über Alles. As the title suggests, the setting for the book is Germany and Nazi occupied Europe. It is a historical novel set in the period 1938 to 1943 as Nazi power in Europe was being well established and World War II began […]

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A “mensch” is someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.[2] This Jewish word, is used as a high compliment, implying the rarity and value of that individual’s qualities.– Leo Rosten I […]

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Dear Sir: During my career in broadcast news and beyond, I was privileged to count your father, Mike, among my friends and colleagues. I am confident that my following remarks would have met with his approval. You have an awesome responsibility as moderator of this Presidential debate which will probably be one of the most […]

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RESERVES IN PETRO SPEAK

By Matthew J. Mikulich, PhD, in Science & Technology

The subject of oil and gas reserves has been misunderstood by the media and confused in the minds of the public, sometimes deliberately. It is here explained. Your family has owned a 160-acre parcel of timbered land tucked away in the mountains of Colorado for many years on a property you have not seen. You […]

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In 1932, a comedy writer named Billy Wells adapted for radio a 19th century novel (and later stage play) about a fictional prevaricator named Baron Munchausen. Veteran vaudeville comedian Jack Pearl was chosen for the role, with Cliff Hall acting as announcer and straight man. The Baron would relate his outlandish and totally unbelievable experiences […]

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To borrow a title from a 1967 hit song by Spanky and Our Gang…”Sunday Will Never Be the Same!” I say that in reporting a story that I honestly never saw myself doing. But, Charles Osgood will host his final ”Sunday Morning” broadcast this weekend (September 25th) on CBS, during which we’re expected to learn […]

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Just when you think you know enough about “The War to End All Wars” (aka WW I), along comes a great new book with a different slant that grabs the reader and won’t let go. So it is with Betrayal at Little Gibraltar by William Walker. Walker is an educator and a writer with a […]

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One Final Political Groan

By Walter B. Bull, Jr., in National, Opinion

For some time, I have peppered the pages of the Voice of North Carolina with my deeply held conservative beliefs. I have little to add at this point. Therefore, this will be my final posting until the turmoil of election 2016 is concluded with a choice by America between left and right. Over half of […]

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Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror is a terrific book by Michael V. Hayden. General Hayden has had a distinguished career in the USAF – mostly in intelligence –followed by six years as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and three years as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency […]

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After some months of free lancing upon my leaving the Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, I got the opportunity to join Grumbacher Artists Materials Company as a public relations man. I traveled across and up and down this country to the major cities to call on firms that employed commercial artists. It wasn’t difficult to learn about […]

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RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG

By Ed Silverman, in Military

On August 5th, in a front page story headlined DONALD TRUMP RISKS ALIENATING MILITARY COMMUNITIES IN SWING STATES, the New York Times talks about the impact these so-called “military communities” could have on the presidential election. The point of contention being Mr. Trump’s “…crude and, at times, offensive comments about the armed services.” A team […]

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I was just thinking what a field day late night comics could have had if Donald Trump had selected Newt Gingrich as his running mate–Trump, with a record of two divorces and three wives, and his vice president with a matching record of two divorces and three wives. Traditionally, divorce has been anathema to career […]

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Most political opinion is hatched within a predictable philosophical environment and the narrative is usually designed to argue for the originator’s point of view. The current conflicts in both major parties involve traditional insiders loudly demanding maintenance of the status quo while grappling with outside forces supporting significant changes in policy direction. For this observer, […]

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Yes, it’s that political season when the electorate—and even those who have made up their minds they won’t vote—hear a thing or two about running mates, or the second person on the ticket. For many decades now, the selection of the “VEEP” has had heightened importance to me and the reason is simple: The JFK […]

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Zalmay Khalilzad was born and raised in Afghanistan. For his senior year of high school, he came to the U.S. and lived with an American family in Ceres, California. Thus began a love affair with this country ultimately leading to U.S. citizenship. His new book is titled, The Envoy, with the sub-titled, From Kabul to […]

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I started this piece before the full effect of police shootings of black citizens in Minnesota and Louisiana resulted in the Dallas assassinations by what appears to be a single gunman. The racial divide has now widened and deepened in less than a week and the words coming from all quarters are accusatory and ugly. […]

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Every year, as we celebrate Independence Day, there are self-styled critics casting animadversions on public displays of patriotism, especially those of a musical nature. Usually their target is our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” It appears that all those nasty “bombs bursting in air” make us to appear militaristic, although it has been the […]

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Far be it for a reputable food company that’s been in business for more than a century to sit-tight on America’s 240th birthday! Rather than just celebrate with the rest of us, on a day when a lot of places are closed, Kellogg’s is having the grand opening of its first cereal cafe on the […]

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Snake Oil and the Three Amigos

By Walter B. Bull, Jr., in National, Opinion

In a dangerous world that reverberates with terrorism, sick national economies, civil unrest, nuclear rogue nations and dictatorial expansionism, America’s first black president tiptoes around failed progressive policies and continues to call for his version of social justice. He is doing a disservice to his race and damage to world prosperity. The establishment, especially those […]

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Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced Mar) is The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary who became an American Hero. Timothy Egan’s book with this title tells the amazing true story of this man. Although the book is a biography, it reads more like a historical novel. In this respect, it is truly a page-turner, because the reader […]

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COURT

By JD Zumwalt, in National, Opinion

I have several friends who are attorneys. Several of them are very good friends. I not only like them – I trust them. I will not try to list them because there are only six and they know who they are (Three live in Texas). I’ve had one acquaintance in my life that was not […]

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Inflation has worked well for government. It has let the elected government borrow to meet obligations that cannot be paid from current tax collections and make repayment from future tax collections that have been swollen by both economic growth and a devaluating currency. The strategy is sound until inflation slows and growth subsides. Today’s politicians […]

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GUNS

By JD Zumwalt, in National, Opinion

Once – When I was in middle school – A kid named Ruben walked up to me, shoved me against the wall and kicked me in the … uh … groin. It hurt. He did it in front of a whole crowd of kids. To say I was embarrassed would be a huge understatement. He […]

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The employers of this country have had yet another hit from the Obama progressives as the Federal Department of Labor has issued new rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a law drafted by future Supreme Court Judge Hugo Black in 1932 and passed into law in 1938. At that time, hourly employment dominated the […]

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For the one-and-only Muhammad Ali, recollections of his larger-than-life existence will be offered at a funeral service in Louisville on Friday, June 10, 2016 where his life began 74 years ago. In between, this man not only fought in the ring, but in the courts and at public speaking engagements, standing up for what he […]

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Editor’s Note: This story of Ed Silverman’s personal experiences with Muhammad Ali was first published on October 9, 2012 on this website. In the Editor’s opinion, it represents a definitive insight into the real character of “The Greatest.” It is being reposted here on the occasion of Ali’s death at the age of 74. My […]

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On Memorial Day, do we affirm our national faith in the justice of our wars, or honor only the individual sacrifice of those who gave the last, full measure of devotion? How we as a nation answer that question will have profound consequences for our next major war. More than a century ago, Chief Justice […]

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Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors–Walter Winchell Every year as we approach the Memorial Day weekend (my ninety-second), I am reminded of one the wildest, wackiest, most challenging stories I have ever covered. It still brings a smile to my face. And, although it first appeared on these cyber […]

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“Government that is too big” is a common theme among most conservative thinkers. The book, Liberty’s Nemesis by Dean Reuter and John Yoo documents how, “The unchecked Expansion of the State” (book’s subtitle) is resulting in great damage to the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Yoo and Reuter are actually the editors of the […]

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When the Moore Republican Women scheduled a lecture at the Pinehurst Members Club to be given by author Dr. Bill French entitled, “Understanding the Threat of Political Islam,” there was public criticism and organized resistance. Responding to the complaints, the Women’s Club, with support from Pinehurst management, moved the talk to a nearby public venue […]

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“I am the greatest!” Muhammad Ali Move over Ali–there’s a new contender on the scene who unabashedly lays claim to the title of “The Greatest.” I don’t know how well he’d do in the boxing arena, but he’s got a string of knock out performances going for him in the political arena and is now […]

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Rogoff AKA Rogoff

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

Ever since I started to write for this web site, it had been graced by a likeness of me. At first, I used a photo, but that was quickly supplanted by a spirited portrait of me that was painted by Helen Van Wyk in 1970. These likenesses, performing as my leitmotif, always let the reader […]

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KING OF THE RUNNERS

By Ed Silverman, in History

THERE ARE 7.4 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. AN AMAZING 1.7 BILLION ARE RUNNERS. What’s the motivation? Why do they run? Health and fitness experts expound on the physical and mental benefits of running, and, indeed, most runners do routinely jog or run for fitness and/or recreation. Still others compete in events like marathons or […]

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It’s not my grandfather’s world any more where personal values were formed in a disciplined family structure headed by a father and guided by mom with a quiet grasp of the real world. Children were “seen and not heard” and misdeeds meant punishment. It was an era of respect and emotional control with a defined […]

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I have a warm spot in my heart for Syracuse University which recently lost to North Carolina in the semi-final round of the NCAA basketball tournament. My affection has nothing to do with basketball–but it is generated by a brief encounter many years ago with a very special human being. It is late December, 1961 […]

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At a time when millions of baseball fans are getting antsy for another season and collegiate hoopsters are coming down to the wire in the NCAA tournament, there’s quite a show of athleticism and determination continuing to unfold in the National Basketball Association. The spotlight has been riveted for months on the Warriors of Golden […]

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UNITED by Cory Booker

By Don Delauter, in Book Reviews

Cory Booker currently is the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey. This is his third position in an expanding political career that started with a stint on the Newark, NJ city council and continued with two terms as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. He documents his personal and political advancement (growth) in his new […]

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Last December, I played the role of Christmas Grinch when I posted a damning story about the constant security failures of our Transportation Security Administration and its failed airport screening program. Well, I’m not through with airport safety. This time it concerns the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Traffic Controllers. The FAA currently is facing […]

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Most everyone has heard of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. This basically says that biology evolves through a process of natural selection. In his new book, The Evolution of Everything, Matt Ridley discusses the idea that the general theory of evolution applies to every other development on Planet Earth. Ridley is a British […]

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What if I were to tell you that a leading candidate for the Texas State School Board is so off-the-wall that she firmly believes that “President Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs. He […]

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When I was growing up, if my dad had to explain something to someone, he would say, “Let me tell you how the cow ate the cabbage”. So, I’m going to tell you how the cow is going to eat the cabbage, unless Republican voters wise up and use their vote for the good of […]

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Over and over again the American people have rejected the President’s goal to close the offshore detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The detention camp is a United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on land that has been leased by this country since 1898. The detainees are individuals captured on foreign […]

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The Sudden Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has added a new test of wills between the progressive goals of President Barack Obama and conservative leaders in the U.S. Congress. The President is supported by his Democrat allies in Congress, an outspoken liberal media and organized street demonstrators as he ignores the national scorecard […]

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“The silence was excruciating, the minutes ticking by thick and heavy, time itself gorging on the tension in the humid air.” Sound mysterious and dramatic? This is the opening sentence in Ben Mezrich’s, Once Upon a Time in Russia. Believe it or not, this book is fact, not fiction. It is about a powerful group […]

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The Bard in the Bleachers

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

The sequence of events for me in post-war America went smoothly: discharge, 52-20, a job. For those who knew and had forgotten, and for those who never knew, 52-20 was the homecoming serviceman’s head start back into civilian life. They called it the “52-20 Club;” those figures merely indicated that the ex-soldier-sailor-marine would get $20.00 […]

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Dear Commissioner Manfred: Inasmuch as this is Black History Month, I felt it was an appropriate time to make one more effort to convince you that the time is long past due for MLB to bite the bullet and shed the cloak of hypocrisy it wears in respect to Jackie Robinson. Yes, I know that […]

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Fox News and TV mega-host Bill O’Reilly likes to remind his guests that he is “a simple man.” The phrase brings an overly complicated discussion about some obscure matter back to the reality of time, place and a ranking in world history. I especially like to watch the change in the tone of the debate […]

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A Passage from India

By Dr. Mark Evans, in History

In an age of celebrity journalists who engage in shameless self-promotion, it is important to remember that there once were journalists who thought that facts, not ego, should be the basis of the stories they wrote. Such a man was Mohsin Ali, O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire), for many years the Diplomatic Editor of […]

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Peggy Noonan is a weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal who shows her preference for free markets, conservative life style and social discipline in her books and in her appearances on television talk shows. The writer’s style is straight forward and unapologetic. Noonan’s audience is divided, like the country, along ideological lines. She hit […]

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No historically important and influential figure in the history of the United States is as endlessly fascinating as Abraham Lincoln. Thus, it should come as no surprise that yet another Lincoln book has been published. This one, titled Founders’ Son, A life of Abraham Lincoln, is by noted historian and senior writer at National Review, […]

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People attend professional sporting events to witness good, spirited competition, but that’s not to say it always turns out that way! Case in point: Last Wednesday night in Canada where the NHL’s Calgary Flames were playing host to the Nashville Predators. The Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, during the course of the second period, had taken […]

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A Homer Stretch Redux

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

Some years ago, on this site, I wrote about a comic book that I created and subsequently had published; it featured a retired race horse named Homer Stretch. Many of you had read it; more of you, I suspect, had not. At this point, I beg the indulgence of the former group as I summarize […]

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The latest book from well-known writer and journalist Joe Klein is Charlie Mike. This unusual title comes from the military phonetic alphabet for the letters C and M. In military parlance CM (i.e. Charlie Mike) means “Continue the Mission.” Klein states that, “This book would never have happened if I hadn’t seen the wars in […]

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At first it was called the “concept” school and it was born to address severe overcapacity problems at two of Moore County’s (North Carolina) three high schools. As the idea was bombarded with creative reasoning, the project was refined and formalized. Today the project is the 800 student Advanced Career Center that is planned to […]

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I am writing this article to introduce some readers to Dr. Robert J. Grimesey, Moore County, North Carolina Superintendent of Schools. Locals know Dr. Bob well and are observing his expertise up close and personal. Before people surrender to the bureaucrats it is important to talk about a spontaneous citizen action that ended well. Just […]

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Enough already with the inordinate amount of media time and space devoted to the braying and “kvetching” of Donald Trump. It’s time for the reporters, columnists, editorialists and other molders of public opinion to relentlessly pursue a growing threat to American lives and security that cries out for action instead of excuses and calls for […]

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Cartoonist Day

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

I honestly do not know how many young people there are today alone in their kitchens busily at work creating cartoons. Of course, aside from their concentration on the piece of blank paper before them are also visions of untold riches that they certainly know—or, at least, hope–will be the rewards for their picture-making. Lots […]

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Historically, foreign heads of state rarely, if ever, get personally involved in U.S. presidential elections, deeming such interference “inappropriate” and “undiplomatic.” That is why the recent remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he praised Donald Trump come as a shock and are being viewed by many as thinly veiled endorsement. “He’s a really […]

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“Thanks for the Memory” (1938) is a popular song, with music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin. It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. It was 1931, and the United States was in […]

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Let there be no doubt that everyone’s professional career must begin somewhere, but pinpointing the end of the road is not so easy, because some individuals are not interested in abandoning their work. I have a few friends like that, and one of them, ABC Radio’s Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl, is marking his 60th anniversary […]

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Between now and the primary elections in March 2016, it is important that North Carolina voters have an opportunity to hear and think about Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal to borrow $2,000,000,000 for capital projects identified in Session Law 2015-280. It is equally important that Moore County voters have a similar opportunity to make a judgement […]

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CAMELOT

By JD Zumwalt, in Local Life

This would be a much better story if I could start by telling you that the two ladies involved were remarkable and quite extraordinary. The truth is that when I met them they seemed to be two ordinary ladies who (At the risk of sounding like the beginning of a movie) had a dream and […]

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THE GREATEST

By Ed Silverman, in Boxing, History, Sports

Editor’s Note: This story of Ed Silverman’s personal experiences with Muhammad Ali was first published on October 9, 2012 on this website. In the Editor’s opinion, it represents a definitive insight into the real character of “The Greatest.” It is being reposted here on the occasion of Ali’s death at the age of 74. My […]

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