We are tomorrow's past, so this Thanksgiving give thanks for 2013, a year the future might study more for amusement than for edification. HealthCare.gov performed the public service of defeating Barack Obama's ascription of every disagreeable effect to one of two causes -- George W. Bush or global warming.
Do people in North Carolina remember Thomas Wolfe, their once-famous son, author of “Look Homeward Angel,” whose books helped many of us get through the transformation from childhood to adulthood and opened the door to an appreciation of fine writing?
With George Zimmerman out on bail last week after his latest run-in with police, it seems an opportune time to discuss the second killing of Trayvon Martin.
Ray Reed’s sophomore English class, Mount Airy High School, second floor, desk near the front left by the windows.
As I write this, it has been just a few hours short of 50 years from that moment, when we learned that President John F. Kennedy had died from an assassin’s bullets in Dallas.
We were never innocent.
That word is invariably used to describe what changed in America on Nov. 22 50 years ago when a dashing young president was murdered in Dallas. But the word has never been quite right.
Over the past three years, the North Carolina legislature has enacted Ronald Reagan’s favorite tax reform, Barry Goldwater’s favorite regulatory reform and Milton Friedman’s favorite education reform.
He has become fodder for an interpretation industry toiling to make his life malleable enough to soothe the sensitivities and serve the agendas of the interpreters. The quantity of writing about him is inversely proportional to the brevity of his presidency.
“Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week.
Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy had been shot?
Most Americans who were alive on Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, 1963, can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the awful news.
The greatest words any American ever said were spoken by a gaunt, war-haunted man in a tiny Pennsylvania college town 150 years ago Tuesday.
This has been a blessedly placid year for weather in North Carolina. For the first time in what seems like a long while, we’ve been spared destructive droughts, extended periods of excessive heat and -- knock on wood -- major hurricane damage. How pleasant it’s been to enjoy what feels like a more or less “normal” year!
The New Republic magazine was, appropriately, the stimulant that last week gave the Democratic base a frisson of anticipation about a possible Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy in 2016.
Gov. Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos deserve credit for trying to sort out and find solutions to our mental health program. North Carolina’s 2001 mental health “reforms” have been a disaster and the McCrory administration is the first to seriously address them.
Remember when fiscal conservatives took over North Carolina government and radically reduced its size and scope?
Sorry, trick question. No such event ever happened, except in the fevered imagination of liberal activists.
One reason Washington makes so much bad history is that so many people here know so little history. This helps explain why "comprehensive" immigration reform is foundering: Too few of today's legislators know what happened 163 years ago.