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.
Back in the 1970s, the comedy group Firesign Theater used to perform a sketch featuring a New Age huckster named Happy Harry Cox who inveigled money from his followers by warning them that they labored under mass delusions that only he could correct.
Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans.
My dad is a Methodist minister, and the summer I turned 12, our bishop moved us from Austin to San Angelo, a town straight out of “Friday Night Lights.”
When I matriculated to Duke in 1986, I prayed a simple prayer: “Lord, help me to make the most of this amazing place.”
Make no mistake -- climate change is real, and we humans are the drivers.
Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.
At a meeting of Governor McCrory’s education cabinet recently week, Andre Peek, director of Global Technology Services at IBM and chair of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education asserted that North Carolina is now a “net exporter of teachers.”
Unsigned postcard sent to the Rev. Willie Frye, addressing him as Willie "Nut" Frye, Aug. 12, 1993: "Wake up, stupid. God did not create homosexuals anymore than he created TB and heart problems etc."
Without intervention or significant investment from non-profit organizations or the private sector, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford is due to close for good on October 1, 2013. This is a travesty for our entire state and blame should be laid at the feet of the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory.
Will he or won't he? Will he go big and decisive or small and ineffectual? Will he order missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad or will President Obama take the lifeline offered last week by Russian President Vladimir Putin?
When I was a kid, the term “kickstart” referred to how you started your motorcycle. You’d climb on, place your right foot on a spring-loaded lever and press down on it … quickly. It turned over the engine … like the crank that was used to start a Model T. Okay, I’m not that old.
Almost anything I attempt to do is considered suspicious or unusual. For example, I cannot walk home from a 7-11 in the dark with a hood on. I cannot approach my neighbor when I am in distress after a car wreck. When I drive my sports car, it is considered “probable cause” and I get pulled over. If I play my music too loud in a gas station parking lot, I might get shot by another customer in a neighboring car. And I might get “stopped and frisked” in New York -- just because.
My mother applied her brown Maybelline makeup to my plastic Marie Osmond Halloween mask in 1978 because the idea that I was pretending to be a white woman was more than she could take.
When I was in high school, cross country wasn't exactly considered a dangerous sport. That would be football, where concussions and broken bones were common.