Opinion: Guest Columnists

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Children in the wrong place at the wrong time

85.60 × 53.98 mm of plastic: these are the dimensions of a "green card." How disturbing it is that this piece of plastic is what separates treating someone with dignity from treating someone with reproach and without empathy.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

We need to improve Clean Water Act, not abandon it

I am writing today in support of the new rules proposed to strengthen the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This is not the first time I have voiced my support for the CWA.  The first time I did, I got a number of responses that can be summarized simply as:  "The CWA is nothing but a government power grab."  I must add that my summary , while accurate, lacks the colorful and hateful rhetoric that made the responses so surprising to me.­


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

A response to ‘broken promises by Durham County’

In his letter to the editor regarding the March 7th ice storm, R.J. “Barny” Bernard of Durham County expressed his disappointment with the county not picking up debris on his property from the storm. 


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?