Education research clearly documents that investments in early childhood programs are among the smartest investments that states can make.
Several years ago, the city of Durham announced that it had developed a 10-year program to eradicate local homelessness. Several years ago, city officials stated that additional housing for the poor and underprivileged was one of the city’s most sincere concerns.
When my grandmother was a little girl, state fairs didn’t have multiple rides named “Vortex” or competing, synthesized dance music coming from large stereos, and I don’t think you had to wash up with anti-microbial soap after petting the world’s biggest hog. It was a simpler time, maybe. But fairs in those days had one feature I am glad we’ve lost.
Let me show you all the ways education happened in a recent week at Riverside High School:
Is it the time of bread and circuses in Durham? Bread and circuses were the tradition in ancient Rome to buy voter loyalty with frivolous entertainment to distract citizens from government waste and lack of planning.
Jolting! Appalling! Those are the first words that hit me after reading Joe Polich’s op ed piece documenting Durham poverty. (The Herald-Sun, Oct. 23)
I’m a good liberal. I listen to NPR, vote Democrat, eat cage-free eggs and drink fair-trade, organic coffee. Living in Durham for the past 12 years, it has become easy to think that most people tend to see things as I do.
Earlier this summer, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said at the N.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Education Summit, “at $7.8 billion, this is the largest K-12 budget in North Carolina’s history.”
John F. Kennedy, in a 1963 speech, optimistically spoke of the economy by saying “a rising tide lifts all boats.” You would be hard pressed to find a more apt symbol of Durham’s rising tide than the American Tobacco Campus.
These are excerpts from UNC Chancellor Carolyn Folt’s address at her installation ceremony last weekend.
The small viewing room at the Carolina Theatre in Durham was packed on a recent Saturday evening. We were all excited to see "Inequality for All," the new documentary featuring former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
In 2007, Durham set a goal to reduce or offset 90,000 metric tons of the greenhouse gases produced communitywide (city and county, businesses, residents and visitors) by 2030. Just 17 more years to go.
Polls say the American people are fed up with Congress. Democrats get low marks and Republicans get lower.
So why do voters keep electing them?
This has been a summer of adventure and discovery.
From Blowing Rock, N.C., to Mobile to Atlanta, Highlands, Asheville, Chapel Hill and Lexington, Va., I did lectures based on my recent memoir to attentive, friendly, mainly older audiences.
Our country is at a high-stakes table betting much of our economic future on the fairness of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. We need to stop and think and not let “having a trade agreement” or “this time it’s going to be different” hurry us into signing a bad one.