Columnist: Rick Bean

May. 02, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

Navigating shades of gray in news decisions

Sometimes it's difficult to live in a world that wants to be black and white, when in fact it's varying shades of gray.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

Learning about passion from a life infused with it

Passion is more than an underrated word. It's an underrated way of life.

Nearly 40 years ago I met a community leader who would have a lasting impact on my life. He didn't know it then and neither did I. His name was Chuck.

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

Education’s a priority? Numbers suggest otherwise

Sometimes it’s laughable when a politician talks one thing and then does the  opposite. We see it all the time, yet we seem never to stop being surprised.

May. 12, 2013 @ 02:05 AM

Upcoming changes will help focus our mission

A marketing analyst would describe Durham as having a lot of noise.

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Bean: Reform should come from educators

It’s easy to be a fan of Sen. Kay Hagan, D–N.C., of Greensboro. For those who have seen her in action, she brings a sense of calm, focus, fairness and compassion

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Bean: Fairness cuts both ways

An Associated Press story Monday turned me from reader to researcher. The story has been written many times, many different ways. It was about the Republicans in North Carolina moving quickly the first few weeks of 2013 on several issues. In no particular order, those issues include whether to expand Medicaid, reduction of jobless benefits and changing the state’s earned income tax credit.