Opinion: Columnists

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

Time to rebuild state reserves

Today I’ll offer my own top fiscal priority for 2015: saving for a rainy day.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Guarding the henhouse, feeding the beast and real tax reform

North Carolina legislators have been to school in the complications and frustrations resulting from tax policy changes. Some of this session’s conflicts were a result of changes made to the state’s tax codes in 2013.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Let’s weigh value of jobless benefits on the right terms

Justin Wolfers, writing in the New York Times’ column “The Upshot,” a couple weeks ago had a sobering message for those on both sides of the partisan fight in North Carolina over extended unemployment benefits.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really?


Aug. 06, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

The reason for Watergate?

About 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: "I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it."


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Are things that bad in politics today?

Things are good!

Sometimes, like the other day, I want to get up and shout it out.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Time for a change – new press prints Monday’s paper

Nearly a quarter-century ago, on Sept. 3, 1990, the massive press thundered to life in our new building at 2828 Pickett Road and printed its first copies of The Durham Morning Herald and the afternoon Durham Sun.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

The union label and working with dignity

When I was a child, a catchy advertisement aired between reruns of “Scooby Doo” and “Josie and the Pussy Cats.”  It went like this:  “Look for the union label/When you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse/Remember somewhere our union's sewing/Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house!”  The one that aired in Texas was introduced by an avuncular, southern man wearing a bolo tie.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

Budget was worth the wait

It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most -- or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler. When it comes to North Carolina’s revised 2014-15 state budget, however, the journey proved to be less an idyllic journey through the countryside than a drive through rush-hour traffic with a station wagon full of cranky kids.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

 

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

Time for a middle course on foreign policy

With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel's right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel's military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Read others’ views, so you can decide for yourself

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”

Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. 


Jul. 28, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Selfies in Auschwitz -- and why it's wrong

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 10:38 PM

Durham political distinctiveness sharpens

A snippet in D. G. Martin’s column on our editorial page Wednesday caught my eye, and sent me to his topic – the latest issue of N. C. Data Net – to drill a little deeper.