Opinion: Guest Columnists

Oct. 08, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Grey Stone: Children’s well-being a priority

In response to Sunday’s story about the Legacy Child Enrichment Center at Grey Stone Church, I want to provide some facts that were missing and assure the community that the safety and well-being of children are our top priority.

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

Welcoming ‘border children’ – it’s restorative justice

Recently, officials in some of our North Carolina counties have made proclamations discouraging newly arrived Central American children from attending their schools and clinics.  In contrast, Durham Public Schools and county officials are taking steps to meet the newcomers’ special educational, social and emotional needs (The Herald Sun news article, Gregory Childress, Sept. 16.).

We in Durham could not be prouder!

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Medical examiner reform a pressing priority

When young football player Evan Raines died last year during practice at Seventy First High School, his family had to wait more than a year to find out why.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Challenge to black college students

Over the past couple of months the latest craze on the Internet has been the ice bucket challenge. The challenge, which was originally started to bring awareness to ALS, has since morphed  into a platform to bring attention to a plethora of other social issues.

It is in this spirit that I would like to issue a challenge to our African American college students, especially those on historically black college and university  campuses such as North Carolina Central University. 

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Give public opinion polls a college try

The first and only time I ever helped take a political survey was during my undergraduate days at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill back in the 1980s. I was one of many journalism students who made phone calls on behalf of the Carolina Poll, a regular survey of North Carolinians on political and social topics.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

A Secret Service that protects itself

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation Wednesday was inevitable, but it's far from the solution to the agency's problems, given what the last few weeks have revealed.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

U.S. has moral imperative to help children at the border

It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to destabilize a child’s home and culture only to turn your back on that child when he reaches out for help.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

Sickle-cell-trait testing and student athletes

Summer has come to a close and school is back in session.  For many of you, this means that your kids have headed to college, perhaps for the first time. And for those of you whose children participate in athletics at a school that is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), it means that he or she will receive a mandated genetic blood test for sickle cell trait.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

U.S. has moral imperative to help children at the border

It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to destabilize a child’s home and culture only to turn your back on that child when he reaches out for help.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

If a statue should be erected one day…

With all due respect to a long-time friend and contemporary of mine who led the final charge, I have a suggestion should a statue ever be erected to honor the individual most responsible for the resurgence of Downtown Durham.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Protect IP so North Carolina can protect the world

North Carolina’s biotech sector is usually associated with life-saving medications for individuals. Soon, however, it could be associated with the health of whole populations.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

The case for growth

The number and frequency of high-stakes tests makes understanding school performance challenging, but there are two measures the state provides that help us understand how well schools, teachers and students are doing: Proficiency and Growth.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

El Futuro a resource for growing Latino community

Last week, El Futuro, a local non-profit with multiple locations in the Triangle, was honored by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits with the 2014 Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award. I am humbled to be part of this organization and support this important and life-changing work in our community.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

‘Be bold, be brave, be together’ on education

“Let us be bold. Let us be brave. Let us be together.”

These words, spoken by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, can equally apply to the monumental steps the N. C. General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory took this year in the passage of a budget that sustains, strengthens and transforms our public education system.

Sep. 17, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Weighing pros, cons of prostate cancer screening

Approximately one out of seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point, and it is the second most common cause of cancer death among men. 

Yet, most who have prostate cancer will not die from it because it usually grows slowly and does not cause problems.  It is often observed that more men die “with” prostate cancer than die “from” it.  However, because prostate cancer is common, and can be dangerous, some basic information is important.