Opinion: Guest Columnists

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

A parents’ legacy – tomato diplomacy, sharing our bounty

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of wandering in my father’s garden: beds of vegetables and strawberries dug into our suburban lot, next to my swing set. I was such a glutton for peas in the pod and berries that my father planted an extra row of each for me to consume raw. The rest were off limits until my mother sent me to pick whatever was ripe for supper. After we had washed the carrots, lettuce, or beans, I received samples. If I hadn’t been an only child, the rules might have been stricter. Or the garden might have been larger.


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

‘There comes a time when speaking is not sufficient’

We are both pastors and active in community service, and the Moral Monday gatherings have become an integral part of our ministries. We have participated in almost every one and traveling to Raleigh each Monday has been an opportunity to make a statement for social justice. 


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

The importance of community health centers

Lincoln Community Health Center (“Lincoln”) sits a ways back from a busy section of Fayetteville Street, just up  the road from North Carolina Central University, heading toward downtown Durham.

 


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:51 AM

Dog tired these days and barking

They call this time of year the “dog days” of summer, long days filled with heat and humidity. When our legislature is still in session lawmakers get dog-tired, resulting in a lot of barking due to short tempers.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:09 AM

Being inconsistent with community values

If they could pull the wool over the eyes of the local chamber of commerce, I suspect it wasn’t too difficult to trick the police department where I live.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:14 PM

Death in the sky in Ukraine

With the firing of one surface-to-air missile Thursday, nearly 300 people -- all innocents -- died in the skies over Ukraine's eastern steppes. The world's collective shrug is now exposed. It's no longer acceptable.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

Death in the sky in Ukraine

With the firing of one surface-to-air missile Thursday, nearly 300 people -- all innocents -- died in the skies over Ukraine's eastern steppes. The world's collective shrug is now exposed. It's no longer acceptable.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

When did ‘elite’ become a bad thing?

Gov. Pat McCrory has selected a North Carolina poet laureate who has won no major awards and is unknown to most people, including her fellow Tar Heel poets.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

Gentrification comes with a price

I confess, I knew. A couple of weeks ago I had heard from a friend that the new owners of the Penny Furniture Building, the Caktus Group, were planning to paint over the Emily Weinstein mural.


Jul. 14, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Poised to excel: Swearing in of Bert L’Homme as superintendent

What’s more exciting than the return of LaBron James from the Miami Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers?  Why, it’s the return and swearing in of Bert L’Homme as the new superintendent of Durham Public Schools, his own hometown team. 


Jul. 13, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Collaborative work fueled the success of ACA enrollment

The initial enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace has officially ended.  Nationally, more than 8 million individuals signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace while more than 3 million young adults were able to gain coverage by being able to stay on their parents’ plan. 


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Obama's global challenge

 In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

Tutoring brings good times, needed help

Tutoring elementary school students is not for everybody.  When I signed up to join the city's “Rotary Reading Rangers” volunteer program, I was pretty sure I would find the experience annoying, if not painful.  But I understand numbers. Way too many of our kids are behind in their reading skills. That’s bad for the community, the economy and society


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

Television advice can be another way to build community

I have loved television all of my life. Though I now teach my university students about the regulatory and economic structures of the television business, my friends don’t ask me much about these technicalities. They just want to know what to watch.


Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

Rethinking Wilson's points

As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Middle East, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the famous "line in the sand" that is now said to be dissolving.