Opinion: Guest Columnists

May. 24, 2015 @ 12:07 AM

Kaine's quest for war legitimacy

The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today's war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determined that today's war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution's text and history.


May. 23, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

The Republican case for redistricting reform

As his time in the White House neared an end, President Ronald Reagan gave a final televised interview to ABC News journalist and North Carolina native David Brinkley in December 1988.


May. 21, 2015 @ 07:23 AM

North Carolinians deserve more energy choices

North Carolina’s clean energy sector is bringing good jobs and economic opportunity to our state. This success is the result of a series of smart, bipartisan policy solutions.


May. 18, 2015 @ 03:44 PM

DPS: ‘We follow the law’ on charter school funding

No one in our state objects to what Darrell Allison, head of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, calls “fair funding” for all publicly funded schools. However, in a May 9 Herald-Sun opinion column, Allison makes erroneous claims that are impossible for experienced school finance experts to reconcile with actual budgets. Allison, a hired school-voucher and choice advocate, is fighting for even more taxpayer dollars for charter schools.


May. 16, 2015 @ 11:23 PM

‘Critical conversations’ will aim for greater understanding

After witnessing the recent events in Baltimore, the Durham City Council decided to plan a proactive series of “critical community conversations” about similar issues and concerns in Durham.  


May. 15, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

When cheap laughs aren’t worth the price

Leonard Pitts is off today. His column will return Tuesday. In his place, Clarence Page writes about  "the twisted thinking behind professional Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller's ill-advised contest in Garland, Texas," and balancing rights versus judgement in cartooning.


May. 14, 2015 @ 07:55 AM

A career deflated

The quarterback nicknamed "Tom Terrific" is "Tom Tarnished."

A 243-page investigative report by the NFL found that the New England Patriots' Tom Brady was at least aware that two team employees broke league rules by underinflating footballs for him during last year's playoffs.


May. 13, 2015 @ 12:30 AM

Community colleges let you see future shining back at you

College is a chance for students to look into a mirror and catch a glimpse of what the future may hold.


May. 13, 2015 @ 12:23 AM

Gary Stafford's "Bluefield"

Lifting Bluefield Avenue on the count of three,

they swept the Matz Hotel beneath it,

almost as fast as she fell, some say.

No one so much as said "Gesundheit"


May. 09, 2015 @ 08:38 AM

Popping the cork on archaic alcohol regulations

When North Carolina “popped the cork” on the alcohol limit in beers sold in our state, we saw an immediate increase in diversity and choices, with an explosion of some 140 breweries. We became the brew-capital of the South but this law, as well as our entire system of laws involving alcohol, needs revising.


May. 09, 2015 @ 08:09 AM

Fair funding for all public school children in North Carolina

As our nation celebrates National Charter School Week, we have an issue in our state that is affecting children who attend public charter schools. Public education in North Carolina is not being funded fairly and equally in nearly all of our state’s local districts. The problem: Our children who attend public charter schools in North Carolina are being shortchanged by their local districts.


May. 09, 2015 @ 07:52 AM

We’ve made a start on reducing poverty, but more is needed

Controversy clamors around Durham’s poverty reduction initiative (PRI).  The controversy is wholly disproportionate to the seemingly reasonable decision to focus on a small area – Census Tract 10.01, an area that includes large parts of the Old East Durham neighborhood and the Angier/Driver intersection – and the small number of people who argue for a city- or county-wide, even regional, version of the initiative.


May. 07, 2015 @ 06:36 PM

State lawmakers continue to ignore state’s greatest challenge

Business at North Carolina’s statehouse is in full swing. During the “crossover week,” lawmakers were burning the midnight oil to push their priority bills through to the next stage of the legislative process.


May. 07, 2015 @ 12:29 AM

State lawmakers continue to ignore state’s greatest challenge

Business at North Carolina’s statehouse is in full swing. During the “crossover week,” lawmakers were burning the midnight oil to push their priority bills through to the next stage of the legislative process.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 08:17 AM

Remember that abortion promise?

Fear not, women of North Carolina.

A bill that would create new obstacles to getting an abortion has moved to the N.C. Senate after passing the House last week. House Bill 465 would require women to wait three days, instead of 24 hours, before getting an abortion.

But the bill will not make it past the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory.

That's what the governor said.