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.


Aug. 04, 2015 @ 06:41 PM

Here are this summer’s final reading assignments

A classic love story full of mountain music from one of North Carolina’s greatest living balladeers, a loving portrait of a North Carolina beach by a modern prophet of coastal catastrophe, a fictional look into the recent past in small eastern North Carolina towns and a novel that explains an old marker in a Beaufort graveyard.


Aug. 03, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

Race war? The world has already seen plenty of them

He wanted to start a race war.

That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.


Aug. 02, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

The barbarity of a nation

Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets -- your tax dollars at work -- lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.


Aug. 02, 2015 @ 01:32 AM

Proud our city can be a model for transformation

Even dramatic change, if you’re living through it, can be hard to fully grasp as we’re absorbed with incremental day-to-day change. As much as I think I’ve paid attention to downtown’s transformation, which started before my return in 2005 and has really hit its stride in the decade since, it was good to be reminded last week of how transformed the city’s center is today.


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 10:36 PM

Hungry for radical challenge to our standard narratives

There is a postcard on my office door with a portrait of President Dwight Eisenhower alongside a quote from his departing speech in 1961, during which he used the phrase “military-industrial complex”:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial comple


Jul. 31, 2015 @ 07:57 AM

Large questions loom for pre-K legislative caucus

Looking beyond the current legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers met a few days ago to begin a process of exploring North Carolina’s needs in child care and early childhood education.


Jul. 29, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

With Iran nuclear deal, Obama makes bad history

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.


Jul. 28, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Martin: Hero on the wrong side of history

Can Atticus Finch still be our hero?


Jul. 27, 2015 @ 10:48 PM

GOP's condemnation of Trump pure hypocrisy

Here's the thing about principle.

Unless applied equally it is not really principle at all. He who climbs on his moral high horse when a wrong is done to him or his, but leaves the horse stabled when an identical wrong is done to someone else, acts from self-interest and that is the opposite of principle


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

The verdict on the state’s election laws trial

Two weeks into the hearing over North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, we have reached some conclusions.


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 07:17 AM

Newspapers’ future difficult – but indispensable

Today being a Sunday, I offer my own confession of faith.

I believe in newspapers.


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 07:16 AM

Donating fans can bring relief to neighbors in need

We are, as it has been impossible not to notice, in the heat of our Piedmont Carolinas summer. We all know – and feel – the drill. Temperatures soar near 100, and weather forecasters talk about a cool spell when they tip into the upper 80s. Humidity envelopes us, and the heat index pushes into triple digits.