Opinion: Columnists

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

A recourse to budgetary inaction

From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement's brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states' legislatures. It would use the Constitution's Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution's Framers thought their document guaranteed.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream

When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.


Apr. 07, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Again, Christianity the last to get it right

Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington.

Stearns -- president of World Vision, the billion-dollar Christian relief organization -- joined other faith leaders in lobbying Congress to spend $15 billion combating AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. He acknowledged he and his fellow evangelicals were late to the fight against this pandemic and explained their tardiness with remarkable candor.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

For want of the public trust, what was lost?

The Duke Energy coal ash saga reminds us of the old poem, “For Want of a Nail.”

No doubt you remember that because of a missing horseshoe nail a horse, a rider, a message, a battle, a war and a kingdom were lost. In our modern-day proverb we would suggest beginning by saying that for want of doing the right thing the public trust was lost.


Apr. 06, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Start up North Carolina’s rural economy

During most of its history, North Carolina was a state of widely dispersed residents. There were no truly big cities, many small towns and fewer sparsely populated counties than, say, Virginia or Georgia had. Particularly along the state’s rivers and streams, you’d find a thriving mill town or farming village every few miles.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 08:29 PM

An undaunted tax reformer's uphill push

The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people -- those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform's Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the affable, cerebral and tall Oregon Democrat who once wanted to be the NBA's greatest Jewish power forward since ... never mind.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:35 PM

NCPedia becomes an even richer -- and tempting -- resource

If you wanted to know how Lizard Lick got that name – one of my favorites on the North Carolina map – you could, of course, Google it.

 

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

The shenanigans of 'responsibility' politics

A media-savvy child of the new millennium, my older daughter is privy to all sorts of terms.  This includes informally coined, succinct phrases to describe complicated concepts.  These include phrases to label public conversations about tricky, politically charged issues. 


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

The real face of poverty

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." 

-- Rep. Paul Ryan

 

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Jeb Bush's challenge

The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking -- some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits -- askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Be proud of the way you talk

You sure do talk funny.

Has anybody ever told you that?

If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Hobby Lobby case a slippery slope

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.

That bit of live-and-let-live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 12:56 AM

Take a swing at these

"Andre Dawson," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, "has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?" Yes, so use some of your remaining time constructively by identifying the player or players who:


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

Bull City’s news better than Queen City’s

Charlotte, where I spent a decade from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, has long been the envy of many cities as it has emerged as a booming financial center, the very epitome of the latest iteration of the New South.


Mar. 29, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Waiting for excuses for the inexcusable

What excuses will they make this time?

Meaning that cadre of letters-to-the-editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, they'd have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin.