Opinion: Guest Columnists

Jul. 25, 2015 @ 12:30 AM

UNC women’s basketball unfairly targeted in allegations

All of my life I have been taught that sports aren’t just about winning and losing, but about teaching life lessons.  Throughout my four years at the University of North Carolina, Coach Sylvia Hatchell and her staff did just that.  When I got to Carolina in 2004 I was a timid 19-year-old walk-on transfer student.  I didn’t have any clue what I was getting myself into, but was welcomed by open arms.  I was supported through so many changes in my life and have been supported by her staff since I graduated.  It was because of my experience as one of the women’s basketball student-athletes that I am a successful in my life today


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 12:04 AM

Newspapers’ future difficult – but indispensable

Today being a Sunday, I offer my own confession of faith.

I believe in newspapers.


Jul. 23, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

North Carolinians with disabilities want jobs and dignity

Only three out of 10 of North Carolina’s 700,000 working-age people with disabilities are employed. This creates poverty, powerlessness, and poor health.  People with disabilities want the opportunity to have the dignity that jobs provide.


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 10:52 PM

Reflections on Confederate flags, monuments and gravesites

There seems to be growing consensus for removing the Confederate battle flag from public venues: government property, state legislatures, license plates, etc.  It is not being done solely because of the horrific murders in Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, but that tragedy was most assuredly the catalyst.


Jul. 15, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Why should North Carolinians care about global health?

Earlier this week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made a commitment to the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) that will ultimately have a $30 million impact -- an amount that’s bound to raise a few eyebrows around these parts. With so much need in our own communities, our own state and our own country, why invest in global health?


Jul. 15, 2015 @ 12:28 AM

Is it time for ballot initiatives in North Carolina?

Many cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that independent redistricting commissions are constitutional. Enthusiasm in North Carolina was muted; we neither have nor have much hope for such a commission, because our legislature must approve the process and, regardless of whether ruled by Democrats or Republicans, it has shown little interest in giving up the power to draw Congressional and legislative districts.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 11:56 PM

North Carolina’s students need the best of all budgets

J. Walter McDowell, guest columnist


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Work toward racial justice progresses, still moves on

Jean Anderson’s “History of Durham County” says that in the early 1920s the Ku Klux Klan made a surprise visit to Trinity Methodist Church, where I have been pastor since 2010.  They wore full garb as they took an offering for the Wright Refuge.  Of course, this act was really meant to intimidate whites. 


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

Our state’s silenced voters deserve help

This week, a federal judge in Winston-Salem will begin considering whether the following voters should have their voices heard in elections:


Jul. 08, 2015 @ 04:56 PM

Public art takes shape and a city does, too.

Patrick Dougherty recalls one of his first forays in public art occurred in the middle of downtown Fayetteville in 1987. To say his creation caused a stir back then would be an understatement.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:21 AM

No budget? No problem. Just lock'em up.

A reader recently pointed out a beautiful thing: Chapter 143C of North Carolina state law. It's called, quite simply, the State Budget Act.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

Charleston massacre: a perspective on explicit and implicit bias

Implicit bias refers to the way people unconsciously and sometimes unwillingly exhibit bias toward other individuals and groups.

--Center for Social Inclusion


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

No idea about voter ID

No one in authority has said why both houses of our legislature mysteriously, rapidly and overwhelmingly passed modifications to their 2013 election law changes or why Gov. Pat McCrory just as unceremoniously signed them into law. The trial challenging voter ID and other provisions was due to begin shortly and the changes left the judge, lawyers on both sides and the public trying to determine how to proceed.


Jul. 02, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

In funding DPS, education, achievement, accountability matter

On May 26, during the presentation of my recommended 2015-16 Budget to the Board of County Commissioners, I explained the appropriations planned for Durham Public Schools. This included sharing historical data about Durham County’s fiscal investment in our district and compared to other major school systems in the state, along with comparative performance data.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Fund government now and restructure it later

North Carolina's new fiscal year begins Wednesday, but government may wait months for a new budget.