Opinion: Guest Columnists

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

A victory for land preservation

The North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy announced another victory earlier this month with the acquisition of 800 acres in Ashe County. Efforts like this are more important than ever in preserving the natural beauty that makes our state special and keeps tourism dollars flowing.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Court ruling: Advantage, GOP

The N.C. Supreme Court split along partisan lines in a Dec. 19 ruling that will lock in place the state's gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts for the rest of the decade.

Dec. 29, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

State’s fast growth is good, but challenging

Neither of these mottoes is likely to adorn North Carolina license plates anytime soon:

We're No. 9

Bigger than Michigan

Dec. 29, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Pragmatism, not emotion, must guide Cuba policy

"With all due respect." That's a fitting sentiment to express to Cuban-Americans angered by President Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

The next division – over sales tax distribution

Republican state legislators who enacted a major tax overhaul last year aren't done. Not by a long shot.

The first round of tax reform was opposed by Democrats. It included steep cuts in the corporate income tax and at the highest personal income-tax rate, plus a broadening of the sales-tax base. The next round may pit poor rural counties against wealthier urban counties

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

Region no longer sets pace

When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on Dec, 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state’s recent performance. It’s easy to understand why — and the news for North Carolina was mostly good. But there’s a larger story worth telling, too.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

InterNeighborhood Council looking for neighborhood heroes

Communities have their quaint, quirky and just plain weird traditions.  This is certainly true of Durham, and its InterNeighborhood Council.  After all, a collection of neighborhoods, some formally organized as neighborhood associations, others as homeowners associations, and, at least one, as a deliberately chaotic nonorganization probably has quaint, quirky and weird carefully crafted into its bylaws.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

While we nap, the money flows

This is the point to which America has evolved:

Congress -- or a handful of congressional leaders, at least -- wants to let the very richest Americans contribute mind-bending sums of money to political parties, far more than they've ever been allowed to give. They know such a proposal could never withstand a vigorous debate and an up-or-down vote.

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Fight over abortion rules not over

Abortion-rights supporters were relieved this month when state health officials proposed reasonable new regulations for clinics performing the procedure. But a public meeting on the proposals should remind us that the fight over abortion rules isn't over yet.

Dec. 26, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

A Christmas wish list for the year ahead

1) I wish everyone would hold themselves as accountable as we expect others to do.

That's just another way of wishing for the Golden Rule. We'd be appalled if police showed up to a protest and started throwing rocks and sticks, so I wish protesters would find a better way to convey the message that black lives matter. 

Dec. 25, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Celebration and mourning color this holiday season

On Nov.11, Shareef Muhammad -- revered former student athlete, track star/coach and mentor -- was murdered during an armed home invasion steps from North Carolina Central University's campus. The five survivors of that attack are NCCU students, one of whom is my son, my Christmas baby.

Dec. 22, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Athletes’ measured messages deserve nuanced response

Noise.  Noise abounds.  Today’s goal is to be the loudest.  Everything is “BREAKING NEWS” or “RED ALERT.”  There isn’t enough news to fill a 24-hour news cycle, but if we turn up the volume on the feline fashion show we might just win the ten-o-clock hour. 

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Some GOP governors push to expand Medicaid

The Republican governor is no big fan of President Obama and opposes Obamacare. And the Republican-led legislature he works with has opposed the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion in the past.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

We cannot be great melting pot if racism has power

What I would like to believe about how far our country has come regarding civil rights and equality is so very different from the truth of what has happened these past few weeks. 

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

Why we need early screening for dyslexia

When I was called into a parent teacher conference for my son Charlie, this “uh-oh” feeling overcame me as I was trying to figure out what he could have done.  As we sat there with his teacher, I received a message I was not expecting.