Every couple of years someone writes an editorial whine about college athletics that makes me wonder weather a jock in college stole his girlfriend or laughed at him in the gym.
A wildly misleading report released recently by the conservative Cato Institute says that it pays to be jobless and poor. In an attempt to bolster a laughably farfetched theory sometimes referred to as “the hidden prosperity of the poor,” the authors conclude that the “welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work.”
The news media and others have raised questions about how the Durham Public Schools Board of Education has addressed Superintendent Eric Becoats’ private use of a school activity bus and related concerns. Some have said that the board has not provided the public with enough information. We disagree.
Although schemes to rip off unsuspecting seniors are not new, what is new is the growing population of older adults in North Carolina, the increased sophistication of scams using the Internet and the international scope of this crime.
School buses are starting to roll through the streets of Durham again, signaling a new school year. The beginning of a new school year is an opportunity to reinvest in the life of the community. I have recently retired after serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham.
It's 3:30 AM, and I'm on a bus between Kampala, Uganda, and Nairobi, Kenya, before returning home to the United States. As I bump along the Kenyan countryside under the night sky, I'm troubled by the political rancor I'll be stepping back into.
Here we go again. Duke officials are talking about closing more campus roads. All in the name of safety. Not sure how closing Towerview Drive will stop crime on Central Campus. But administrators seem to think that'll do the trick.
“They paved the entrance!” My older daughter and I were at Riverside High early, sorting her schedule, and she was touched by this simple thing. Like locking doors on the bathroom stalls, a library catalogue system, or a tuned piano, that smooth asphalt showed that someone allocating money cares about Riverside.
Since Aug. 2, Time Warner Cable has blocked about 3 million of its customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other areas from receiving their local CBS broadcast. The cable giant is balking over the network’s demand for higher fees to retransmit CBS programming.
You are due for an oil change, and you have a few choices. You could pull into one of the shops that promise a five-minute change, or visit your usual mechanic or do it yourself.
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans should be judged not on what laws they’ve made but by what laws they’ve repealed. I’d like to offer a brief list of the fallout of the GOP’s existential crisis.
Howard E. Covington Jr. dangles an intriguing historical footnote in his excellent new biography of Greensboro's Henry Frye.
When it comes to addressing North Carolina’s most pressing challenge, our lackluster economy, the state legislature deserves a grade of A- for its 2013 session.
Eventually, the cosmologists assure us, our sun and all suns will consume their fuel, violently explode and then become cold and dark. Matter itself will evaporate into the void and the universe will become desolate for the rest of time.
Talking to audiences on a book tour in three North Carolina cities offers surprises -- for instance, my first serious girlfriend showed up in Asheville. The crowds were uniformly older and varied in party and ideology.