Opinion: Guest Columnists

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

Funding debate: It’s all about our children

The budget disagreement between the County Commission and Durham Public Schools (DPS) over $7.8 million in new money (about 1 1/2 percent of the total budget) for DPS risks harming Durham’s greatest asset, its children. Our children are our future.

Jun. 04, 2015 @ 10:48 PM

State’s school funding mired in a taxing dilemma

The great debate across North Carolina and in its communities over the future of their preK-12 schools is not a debate solely about education policy and practices. The future of public schools also hinges on decisions on taxes, on budgets, on the commitment of public officials to invest in schools open to every resident’s sons and daughters.

May. 30, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

The future is what we decide to make of it

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

May. 27, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Dealing with psychological distress after Nepal quake

More than a month has passed since an earthquake killed almost 9,000 people in Nepal. I’ve spent much of the past 20 years working there and, as a psychiatrist, view one month as having special meaning. From a clinical standpoint, it’s the amount of time that must pass before a patient can qualify for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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.