The idea put forth by Kent Winberry’s former co-workers to sponsor a bike rack in his memory is an important one. First, it’s a lovely tribute to the 52-year-old bicyclist who was hit by a vehicle while cycling last month, and later died from his injuries. But it also serves to again focus the community’s attention on the need to improve safety for bicyclists as they share the streets with automotive vehicles.
As the Fourth of July, that most patriotic of American holidays, approached last week, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News ginned up the specter of a patriotism crisis in the country.
Passion is more than an underrated word. It's an underrated way of life.
Nearly 40 years ago I met a community leader who would have a lasting impact on my life. He didn't know it then and neither did I. His name was Chuck.
The horse-race watchers in the national media couldn’t be more excited about the results of the North Carolina Republican senate primary Tuesday where state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the nomination by capturing 45 percent of the vote, handily defeating Tea Partier Greg Brannon and Charlotte minister Mark Harris -- both making their first run for public office.
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
For longtime residents of the state, however, national attention is nothing new.
Who are North Carolina’s public intellectuals?
Over the years we have been blessed with influential and thoughtful people whose wise commentaries about the state’s concerns often moved public opinion.
It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
Two key concerns in our economy are unemployment and inflation. We want both to be low. When unemployment is low, more people have jobs and earn income. When inflation is low, the dollars we earn don’t lose purchasing power as fast. That is, our dollars buy more with low inflation than with high inflation.
In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community's Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge neighbors to vote to reduce Sen. Harry Reid to minority leader. The exhorter is David Perdue, a glutton for punishment who has been campaigning incessantly for 15 months and may be doing so for two more.
If anyone you love is mentally ill, God help you, because the odds of getting adequate help elsewhere are about as good as winning the lottery. I speak from experience. My brother is bi-polar.
There are two shops on 9th Street in Durham featuring different messages about our dear city. One has a t-shirt in the window that says “Durham, It’s Not For Everyone.” Another features a t-shirt that says “Durham, It’s For Everyone.”
I love both stores, but I like the second t-shirt better.
There are a lot of competitors when it comes to listing and ranking the most hard-hearted and destructive acts of the last couple of General Assemblies and the first year and a half of the Pat McCrory administration.
Stacy Parker-Fisher of the Oak Foundation in Chapel Hill says it all started with this premise, “What if you took a public university system and you made it welcoming for students with learning differences?”