Opinion: Guest Columnists

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.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Embracing and planning for new career paths in the automotive sector

Industry never stands still. New ideas, thus new technologies, are constantly bubbling up. With these new ideas comes the need for workers who are ready to convert ideas to products, systems and services. Community colleges have always been at the forefront in their ability to respond to this need, creating programs quickly that transform students into well-equipped workers.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Coal ash legislation shows the political system can work

Our water supply is now safer thanks to coal ash legislation passed during the waning hours of this summer’s session of the N. C. General Assembly.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

For youth, gaps in state’s mental health system of care remain

“Mental health system failure is personal, and it’s painful.  It has different names for different people,” says Julie Jarrell Bailey, a mother and mental health advocate.  “In my case, system failure is also known as Joshua, Jacob, and Isaac Bailey.”  Julie and her husband, Steve, adopted the Bailey boys from the state’s foster care system in 1996.  Josh was 8, Jacob was 7, and Isaac was 4.  All three boys have mental health issues, and in every step of their lives, Julie and Steve have had to advocate for appropriate care for their children.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Durham’s schools’ bright future – we all have a role

Public schools in Durham are primed for a renaissance. The school board’s selection of Bert L’Homme as the new superintendent – by unanimous vote, no less – has injected a contagious spirit of optimism about the future of public education in our community. Whether this optimism will translate into quality education for every one of our children is up to all of us who call Durham home.

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

Bring students back into the conversation

As vice chair of the Durham Public Schools board of education, I’m no stranger to heated conversations around complex topics. Often, my colleagues and I must balance competing priorities, make tough choices and get creative with limited resources that never seem to stretch quite far enough.

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

Creole a key to Haitian literacy

International Literacy Day approaches on Monday, Haiti's embarrassing annual reminder that it bears the lowest literacy rate among countries independent for more than 80 years.