Opinion: Guest Columnists

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

We need a little more noise in North Carolina

Durham County is the 17th smallest land area in North Carolina but created for a city of the same name that is now the fourth largest in population.  It has been the epicenter for two different manifestations of the New South.

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 12:18 AM

Graduate Durham begins long before senior year

Entering kindergarten is one of the most significant events that a young child experiences. It sets the tone for his or her entire educational experience and lays the foundation for future success in school and life. At Durham Public Schools and Durham’s Partnership for Children, our goal is for every child in Durham to enter kindergarten feeling excited, ready to learn and supported by their school, family and community.

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Thousands of seniors anxiously await lawmakers’ budget decisions

When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

New breed of engineers needed to meet world’s grand challenges

Our great-great grandparents would hardly recognize the world we have created.

We’ve gone from the horse and carriage to cars that drive themselves. Messages that once took weeks to deliver now zip around the world in seconds. Humankind was once bound to Earth, but now Voyager 1 is exploring interstellar space.

Apr. 04, 2015 @ 10:56 PM

Protest petition rights under assault again

The N.C. General Assembly began its session Jan. 28 and almost immediately neighborhood leaders were put on notice to expect another bill to repeal a neighbor’s time-honored right to oppose a rezoning with an official protest petition.  That bill has cleared the House and is awaiting consideration by the N. C. Senate.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

Durham Board of Education can repower schools and county’s future

We expect the best of our students and teachers in the classroom, and we can do more to provide them the best learning environment possible. Durham Public Schools (DPS) has an unprecedented opportunity to save critical school funding to invest in facilities, teachers and school resources by transforming its operations to 100-percent renewable energy.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

In appreciation of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry definitely could turn a memorable phrase. Railing against the Stamp Act in 1765, he said, as a member of Virginia's House of Burgesses, "Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third may he profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it."

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

Ethics disclosure woes due in part to confusion

The governor didn't correctly report donations and gifts, including free travel, on state disclosure forms. Make that governors, plural -- Mike Easley, Bev Perdue and now Pat McCrory. All needed to amend their filings.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

Let’s take a closer look at racism

As I began to read the March 1 guest column, “Racism is deeply embedded in our culture,” I agreed fully with the title. After all, our Constitution initially endorsed slavery, and defined black slaves as only 3/5 of a person. It’s hard to imagine how racism could be more deeply embedded in a country’s history.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 11:53 PM

Creeks and rivers: veins and arteries of urban society

We turn our tap and safe drinking water flows out.  We flush the toilet or drain the sink and wastes of all kinds are whisked away.  If we bother to think about it -- which we rarely do -- we correctly envision massive, technologically advanced treatment plants for both water and sewage, operated by local government under strict rules set by the state and national authorities.  The system is connected by thousands of miles of iron and concrete pipes, meticulously maintained to prevent leaks and mixing.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 01:15 PM

DENR permits for Duke lack essential timetable

Duke Energy was caught last year leaking excessive wastewater from its coal-ash ponds into soil and waterways. Duke is negotiating a federal settlement to pay resulting penalties. But the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has found a way to ensure that the company doesn't violate the law that way again: New permits will make future discharges legal.

This sounds absurd at face value, but it doesn't have to be.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 08:50 PM

Netanyahu not man Congress should applaud and cheer

More than two dozen members of Congress have announced they plan to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a joint session of Congress on March 3.  G.K. Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of the first to take this stance. Congressman David Price should join him. Furthermore, Rep. Price should make plain his opposition to war with Iran and voice the urgent need for Israel to end its subjugation of Palestinians.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 08:26 PM

Racism is deeply embedded in our culture

I believe that present definitions of racism fall way short because they apply only to whites.  My definition is: Racism is an institutionalized belief system that blacks are oppressed and whites are the oppressors.  That’s it.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 11:35 PM

The UNC Board of Governors gets it right

Amidst all the clamor and outcry over the proposed elimination of three centers from the UNC system by the Board of Governors, one principle stands out. That is, when the faculty and administrators fail to maintain a proper degree of objectivity concerning the system’s academic mission, somebody else must step up to the plate. If not, the system may devolve into a partisan stronghold for a single ideology.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 09:36 AM

Put needs of children ahead of tourism dollars

By Ann Rebeck

Guest columnist

Recently, I read a book called “Snow Day!” to my preschool class.  As the exclamation point suggests, this event should be met with excitement and joy for an unexpected day off.  During this round of snow days I wasn’t experiencing much fun and it made me wonder how we lost that joy in our state.