Opinion: Columnists

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

UNC system makes progress in managing costs

When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been restrained. Lawmakers have implemented major changes in transportation funding and education policy.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

A gracious response to chivalry

My daughters had an exchange about tween boys two years ago.  My younger daughter was complaining about her fifth-grade class. My older daughter asked: “Are the boys still making [flatulence] noises with their armpits?”  Apparently they were.  “Well,” she reassured her sister, “they will stop that soon, and then school isn’t so bad.” 


Sep. 05, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

If GOP is so right, why are red states so far behind?

I have a question for my Republican friends.

Yes, that sounds like the setup for a smackdown, but though the question is pointed, it is also in earnest. I'd seriously like to know:


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

An eye on the Baltic States?

The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin's fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West's capacity to decide.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 07:16 AM

A letter from home

It was like the pleasure of a long letter from home.

At least it was for this exile from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

Here's one such sentence.

"A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

Here's one such sentence.

"A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Paul Ryan's way forward

To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

What was new to us is old-hat to college freshmen

For carolers, Christmas may be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but for those of us intrigued by the changing nature of cultural touchstones, August may well be that.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

 

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

Candidates at starting line as final sprint begins

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

Navy with a mission in mind

Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the "near seas," meaning China's seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert's multiplying preoccupations -- CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 12:15 AM

A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.

Not really, of course.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.

That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 12:20 AM

There has to be a better way to run a state

Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the “sine die,” followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, “There has to be a better way to run a state.”