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    A suggestion for becoming indispensable

    After reading a recent column, a Facebook friend said she looked forward to reading my suggestions for how the Johnston County Arts Council could make itself indispensable. Fair enough.

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    Thank a lottery loser

    Behind every state lottery dollar that goes to education is a loser.

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    Forecast calls for growth

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort, and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

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    Snobs derail poet laureate

    I do not know the woman who was briefly North Carolina’s poet laureate, and I’m in no position to judge the quality of her work; I have not read it, and if I did, I’m sure it would appear foreign to my prose-preferring brain.

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    Arts Council should be indispensable

    Years ago, I met with Johnston County Arts Council leaders, who wanted to know how better to get their message – and their mission – across to Johnston residents.

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    ‘Fake’ news or trouble?

    I can recall three instances in which agencies receiving large sums of taxpayer dollars wouldn’t divulge employee salaries; two of them ended badly. The third, involving a group of charter schools, is playing out now.

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    Help college mark 45 years

    Birthdays are a big deal at our house. Some in my family have been known to stretch a birthday celebration for as long as a week or two.

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    In New York, lessons for N.C.

    My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It’s amazing how time flies: This was number 34, thank you!

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    My backyard is not a public street

    The private street behind our house has a speed bump, and drivers of all ages using all modes of transportation sometimes swerve through our yard to skirt the so-called “traffic-calming device.”

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    This is soccer at its best

    When it comes to soccer, Americans fall into one of two camps.

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