Opinion: Guest Columnists

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Rising STARS

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?”


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

Old and new, overlapping in Durham – will they co-exist?

The following articles were published (by different newspapers) in quick succession on Aug. 8 and Aug. 13. Both are about Durham.

 “Public school teachers, low-level city workers, even journalists can’t afford many, if not most, of the 2,400 new apartments and condos being built in central Durham.”

--From “Durham development: What’s being built where and who can afford it?”, Lisa Sorg, Indy Week.

“Like firecrackers exploding around downtown Durham, clusters of small businesses are popping up and enlivening one desolate block after another.”

From “Surfacing: A Corner of Durham, N.C., Comes to Life”, Ingrid K. Williams, The New York Times.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Lessons on privilege and the unexpected

Since graduating from college, I have never thought twice about filling up my tank. On occasion, I might look at the final price and grumble under my breath, but at the end of the transaction, I drove off the lot with a full tank – every time.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Should we return to the village?

In the 1950s, the black community relied on family, neighbors, the church and their exclusive   communities for advice and support in most situations . The motto was “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Should we return to the village?

In the 1950s, the black community relied on family, neighbors, the church and their exclusive   communities for advice and support in most situations . The motto was “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

Stop the EPA’s war on North Carolina

The Environmental Protection Agency is on a cross-country roadshow this summer to sell its newest mandate, which will cut the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent. The agency’s and the Obama administration's sales pitch is simple: This will usher in a “cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous future.”


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

You know this, but are you doing it?

An old story is told of a monk named Birdsnest who sits high atop a tree and dispenses wisdom to the curious below.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 04:14 PM

Free to choose: Union members have the right to leave

Imagine talking with a friend who tells you that he’s been forced to support the Duke basketball team for the past five years, even though he doesn’t like the Blue Devils. He’d much rather be a fan of the University of North Carolina, but he doesn’t think he has a choice in who he cheers for.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 01:01 PM

Unearthing more of the state budget’s details

The dust is still settling on the $21.1 billion budget signed into law earlier this month, with details still emerging about the lesser-known policy and funding changes buried deep in the 260-page document.


Aug. 10, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

The next era of college sports

Not long ago, you never would have heard the words University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson blurted out Wednesday.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 07:56 AM

Keeping Orange County affordable to call ‘home’

We came to Orange County in the autumn of 1978. Though we lived in Durham for a few years, we moved back to Chapel Hill in the mid-’80s and have called it home ever since. We made a choice to live in this community.


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 04:06 PM

Paid family leave is good for families and business

Last week I had the rare opportunity to testify as a witness in a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the subject of paid family leave. N.C. Senator Kay Hagan, chair of the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) committee, initiated the hearing in the Subcommittee for Children and Families.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Children in the wrong place at the wrong time

85.60 × 53.98 mm of plastic: these are the dimensions of a "green card." How disturbing it is that this piece of plastic is what separates treating someone with dignity from treating someone with reproach and without empathy.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

We need to improve Clean Water Act, not abandon it

I am writing today in support of the new rules proposed to strengthen the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This is not the first time I have voiced my support for the CWA.  The first time I did, I got a number of responses that can be summarized simply as:  "The CWA is nothing but a government power grab."  I must add that my summary , while accurate, lacks the colorful and hateful rhetoric that made the responses so surprising to me.­


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

A response to ‘broken promises by Durham County’

In his letter to the editor regarding the March 7th ice storm, R.J. “Barny” Bernard of Durham County expressed his disappointment with the county not picking up debris on his property from the storm.