Opinion: Guest Columnists

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 11:35 PM

The UNC Board of Governors gets it right

Amidst all the clamor and outcry over the proposed elimination of three centers from the UNC system by the Board of Governors, one principle stands out. That is, when the faculty and administrators fail to maintain a proper degree of objectivity concerning the system’s academic mission, somebody else must step up to the plate. If not, the system may devolve into a partisan stronghold for a single ideology.


Feb. 25, 2015 @ 09:36 AM

Put needs of children ahead of tourism dollars

By Ann Rebeck

Guest columnist

Recently, I read a book called “Snow Day!” to my preschool class.  As the exclamation point suggests, this event should be met with excitement and joy for an unexpected day off.  During this round of snow days I wasn’t experiencing much fun and it made me wonder how we lost that joy in our state.


Feb. 23, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

Expand film grants to bolster competitive status

The film industry cried foul last year when state legislators halted an incentives program that had benefited TV and movie production. Lawmakers substituted less-generous grants.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 09:05 PM

We have to work together to make the most of opportunities

I have been involved with the Durham Chamber for over 20 years.  I occasionally have been asked why I have spent so much time working with the Chamber.  I suppose I have spent thousands of hours of my life on Chamber business.

The simple answer is that I love Durham.  And, in my opinion, the Chamber is the organization which has the most positive, substantive impact on this community that I love so much.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

We must work to keep our city everyone’s Durham

I think these will sound familiar to people following Durham discussions of housing, transit, high-speed internet, poverty initiatives, and real estate.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 02:05 PM

In age of polarization, many in state working together

One of the great things about North Carolina is that we are a state full of determined people.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:38 PM

The "Friendship Nine" show that history keeps evolving

I am a son of the South who grew up in the North without fully grasping the history I needed to know.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

Nation’s private prisons pimp the poor

Here in the United States, our great “land of the free,” there are approximately 130,000 inmates housed in privately owned prisons. It‘s a foul stench within a justice system that leads the world in number of people incarcerated within a state, federal or private institution. The latest tally of 2 million inmates equates to 25 percent of the globe’s incarcerated population. This massive waste of human life is commonly known as the Prison Industrial Complex, an oppressive current led from the top down by the highly profitable Prison Privatization Movement.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 06:26 PM

End to gerrymandering for legislature could happen

Many readers probably received a recent email greeting from Congressman David Price. It opened by saying, "I am honored to return to Washington to represent North Carolina's Fourth District in the 114th Congress."


Feb. 05, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

“Letter Grades” ignore good things happening in schools

Let’s imagine a football game between, say, the Bulls and the Bears with some tweaked rules. When the Bulls have the ball they get to start their drives at midfield, but whenever the Bears take the offense they have to start back on their own 20 yard line. If the Bulls win the game 21 to 14, which is the better team?


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

School grades: Let’s fix brakes, not make horn louder

As we were discussing today’s release of the North Carolina School Performance Grades, one of my colleagues told me a quote from comedian Steven Wright: “My mechanic told me, ‘I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.’”


Feb. 01, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

First steps key in long journey to eliminate poverty

I would offer the following seven  comments on the Jan. 31  storyby reporter Ray Gronberg in The Herald-Sun headlined, “Coalition lawyer criticizes call for drug crackdown” and statements attributed to Ian Mance, a lawyer for the Southern Coalition for Justice.


Jan. 29, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

Making the guarantee of Roe v. Wade a reality for all

This January marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court established that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses the right to choose whether to end a pregnancy. Each year around this time, we reflect on how the decision dramatically bolstered women’s health and dignity. But too often we overlook the reality that the legal “right” to abortion care is meaningless if it’s been restricted to the point that it’s out of reach. 


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Closing achievement gap requires collaboration

Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, decorated Army veteran, host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and social entrepreneur. Moore is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve our nation’s youth, and he believes deeply that the solution lies in “interconnectedness.”


Jan. 23, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

School board vote invitation to ‘think big’

I am happy that the Durham community has taken on the challenge of career readiness and career pipelines for all of our young people--especially ones who have not traditionally been given a fighting chance for a quality career path because of obstacles and challenges in their lives.