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President Donald Trump recently provided welcome emphasis on the opioid crisis in the United States, appropriately referring to it as a “national emergency.” Overdoses and deaths from opioids, which include heroin and fentanyl derivatives, have continued to rise across America, according to the...
The news that the Secret Service’s budget for the year has already been exhausted covering the protection of the Trump family, a large group who travel a lot, raises some issues. The first question is not an issue. The president’s family must be protected, particularly out in the open in a...
After a long review of America’s disappointing military strategy in Afghanistan, President Trump announced a new plan that’s light on details and heavy on familiar messaging. It’s a far cry from the big change many in the administration — and many Americans — had been pulling for. With a few...
A person’s home is their castle — unless it has become an abattoir, filled with sick and starving animals, rank with urine and feces and, all too often, dead bodies of pets. Animal welfare groups say instances of so-called animal hoarding are on the rise, with horrific stories like that of the...
Yes, we know. Everyone gripes about the weather. And everyone gripes even more about our weather forecasts. How can they get it so wrong, and so often? Sometimes that’s more than something worth griping about. That would be the case with Hurricane Matthew, whose flooding last year killed 27...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially confirmed last week that 2016 was the Earth’s hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which surpassed 2014. The NOAA had reported this unofficially back in January. What made last week’s announcement noteworthy is that the NOAA is now...
The emission of the possible carcinogen GenX from the Chemours plant on the Cumberland-Bladen county line into the Cape Fear River raises a host of questions. For longtime residents of the region, the concerns are especially troubling. The chemical has apparently flowed into Cape Fear from the...
The Justice Department is treading into dangerous waters by obtaining a warrant to search the computer IDs of all 1.3 million people who visited a website that advocated protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The group, DisruptJ20, draws its name from the Jan. 20 inauguration date...
Diversity is a much-bandied about term these days, but two recent news items demonstrate that the practical application of diversity has its limits. CBS Sports reported that more than 130,000 pro football fans have signed a Change.org petition calling for a boycott of NFL sponsors because the...
Google takes every opportunity to express its support for a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. As CEO Sundar Pichai recently said, “We strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves.” Well, as it turns out, not so much. Google terminated an employee last week for...

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