Opinion: Columnists

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Patriotism scarce? No, it abounds in many forms

As the Fourth of July, that most patriotic of American holidays, approached last week, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News ginned up the specter of a patriotism crisis in the country.


Jul. 05, 2014 @ 08:18 PM

The court's indispensable role

Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism's achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife, and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives. The other case arose from government coercion used to conscript unwilling citizens into funding the progressives' party.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Serve a different plate

 As often happens at the North Carolina General Assembly, the new fiscal year has begun with the House and Senate not yet finished with a budget-adjustment bill. Medicaid funding, teacher compensation and a few other issues continue to divide the two chambers.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

A ’60s radical comes back with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book,  “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

The Democrats’ fictitious 'war on women'

One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats' trope about the Republicans' "war on women" clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

What if court rulings’ critics invoked “Sharia law….”

I’ve met Michael Burbidge, the bishop of the Catholic diocese of Raleigh – which encompasses Durham – a couple of times.  He regularly reaches out to media in his diocese. He’s personable, measured, eager to listen and clearly a caring individual.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Stimulus story reveals much

In the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 08:40 PM

Tackled by the language police

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

North Carolina’s last liberal

What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history?

Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Citizens have a right to protest, even in Ferguson

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew.

Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. 


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

A liberty opportunity for the Supreme Court

Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent seeking -- the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for their benefit. If the court directs a judicial scowl at North Carolina's State Board of Dental Examiners, the court will thereby advance a basic liberty -- the right of Americans to earn a living without unreasonable government interference.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Bring on the millennials, ‘welcome and accepting’

Monday, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” aired a five-minute segment titled “Why You Should Start Taking Millennials Seriously.”

The next day, the U. S. Supreme Court vaulted same-sex marriage to the cusp of legality from coast to coast when it declined to review five appellate court rulings that bans on those marriages are unconstitutional.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Cheerios, gay marriage and the Supreme Court

Our topic du jour: the latest stunning milestone in the march toward gay equality.

No, the other stunning milestone.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

Is Christie running?

Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides -- he fired them -- in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge. 


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Mountain music: Where it came from, where it’s going

As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway?

North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region.

And where did that mountain music come from?