Opinion: Columnists

May. 11, 2015 @ 01:02 PM

Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."

May. 10, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

The Apostle Mike: Onward Christian Huckabee

In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of "The Power of Positive Thinking."

May. 09, 2015 @ 10:22 PM

Preserving legacy of a remarkable school-building program

Around the turn of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was building Sears, Robuck and Co. into the mail-order behemoth that embedded itself in American culture as that century’s Amazon.com.

May. 08, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Toya Graham, simply doing what mothers do

A few thoughts about Toya Graham, just in time for Mother's Day.

May. 07, 2015 @ 12:53 AM

A patrician blacksmith for president?

America's smallest state -- one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger -- has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. "Put a blacksmith in the White House" could be Lincoln Chafee's slogan.

May. 05, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Bad news for politicians – and the rest of us, too

I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.

Some of your best friends are dying.

It is not people that I am thinking about.

It is restaurants.

May. 04, 2015 @ 08:48 AM

Protests are fine, but policy is where change needs to happen

On the Thursday before Baltimore burned, Mr. Lee went to Washington.

May. 04, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

The Lusitania's role in history

Owning a fragment of history -- a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button -- is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania. This 787-feet-long passenger liner has been beneath 300 feet of water off Ireland's south coast since a single German torpedo sank it 100 years ago Thursday. It contains the 4 million U.S.-made rifle bullets and other munitions that the ship had been carrying from neutral America to wartime Britain. 

May. 03, 2015 @ 07:44 AM

Deep divisions have faded but their legacy remains today

This past Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end to decades of war in Vietnam. As often happens these days, I was bemused by the realization that 50th anniversaries now mark events very much part of my memory and events 40 years ago were well into my adult, professional life. 

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. 02, 2015 @ 12:54 AM

Mother’s Day in history – from commercialism to feminism

One friend who served in the military and who does not have children told me that he and his wife avoid church two Sundays every year: Veterans Day Sunday and Mother’s Day.  He explained that both services are too painful.  (I have permission to share this.)  Pastors try to broaden Mother’s Day, so it is not merely a saccharine ode to “Motherhood.”  But if the second Sunday of May is about Mothers (capital M) at your church, Hallmark has won the day.

May. 01, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

'What can I do?' Let's find out

"There comes a time when people get tired."

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Dec. 5, 1955

Tracy is tired. She was tired even before Baltimore burned this week.

Apr. 30, 2015 @ 11:31 PM

An opportunity to rethink education in North Carolina

Good politicians and savvy policymakers understand how to take advantage of a window of opportunity. Step number one is to identify the window.

Apr. 29, 2015 @ 08:20 PM

What stands in Lindsey Graham's way to nomination

Lindsey Graham once said his road to Congress ran through a coronary clinic because it involves so many South Carolina barbecues. Today, as a senator, he thinks he sees a path to the Republican presidential nomination. He has many strengths, but two substantial problems.

Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?

A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California, on the Pacific Ocean.