Thank the few but honorable Alabamians

The Alabama election may be well behind us. But for all the hard work that led to Doug Jones's victory, one salient point is worth remembering. There is no doubt that the high African American turnout, the female vote, the infusion of cash from the Democratic Party, the determination of

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The humble citizen’s guide to fighting fake news

Countering fake news is a guerrilla war of words for the hearts and minds of "true believers." It takes critical thinking and starts with being aware of our own motives, desires, and abilities. The ignorance spawned and spread by fake news must be stopped. It has become the “knowledge” foundation

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A win-win-win solution for affordable housing

It's called an "accessory dwelling unit," and with a few changes to township and county building regulations, it could very well solve the Outer Banks' affordable housing crisis. It's good for current homeowners, too. For at least 10 years, Dare County has investigated ways to create affordable housing for seasonal

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Quick guide to the far-right’s symbols

After the shock of realizing that so many fellow Americans hold such abhorrent views on race and society, and after seeing the bizarre display of weaponry openly carried by militias and extremists in Charlottesville, the weirdest thing about the far-right protests against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue

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Are Democrats transmitting coded messages to conservatives?

Do Republicans perceive Democrats' messages as meaning something completely different from what the party means? If so, that could explain why the Democratic platform doesn't resonate with conservative voters. The recent boldness of right-wing American extremists—who only 18-months ago skulked around in protected enclaves and communicated via cryptograms—demonstrates the power

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The wealthy deficit

When it comes to tax cuts for the wealthy, Republicans, Libertarians, and Democrats in the working class have many reasons to come together. Cuts don't make financial sense, and the affluent already prosper at our expense. Perhaps enough is enough? The Senate Republicans' proposed bill to repeal and replace the

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Thoughts and prayers get us nowhere

Many citizens passed their sincere prayers and thoughts to the victims of the mass shootings in Alexandria, VA, and San Francisco, CA. If you were among those who expressed empathy, I strongly recommend you find something better to do. Despite all your prayers for intervention, the pain and suffering continue

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