Opinion: Columnists

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

Give the president more power

Congress should give President Barack Obama more power — when it comes to the issue of free trade, that is.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 08:48 PM

Geography need not be destiny, but it matters

Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: "If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus." Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 1918 it disappeared from the map of Europe.


Mar. 25, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

New book, times, and authors for 'Bookwatch'

There are three pieces of good news about my favorite television program, UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

First, upcoming new programs feature some of North Carolina’s most interesting authors.


Mar. 24, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

The wasted life of Fred Phelps

And what shall we say now that the monster has died?

His estranged sons Mark and Nate told the world just a few days ago that their 84-year old father, Fred Phelps, was in the care of a hospice and "on the edge of death." Thursday morning, he went over the edge.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Burr’s prescription: Get healthier with a Medical Home

Sen. Richard Burr understands that America’s greatest challenge is healthcare and has made it his personal mission to help find solutions to our broken healthcare system. He travels the state seeking input from health professionals and patients, studies new approaches, even offering substitute proposals to The Affordable Care Act. This is obviously more than politics with Burr.


Mar. 23, 2014 @ 12:21 AM

A half-century in denial of ‘culture problem’

Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their rhetorical repertoire in the last 49 years.


Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:35 PM

Time to enjoy our marvelous madness

You probably saw UNC sports beat reporter Harold Gutmann's wonderful front-page story Thursday on our area's representation in the NCAA's men's basketball tournament.

"College basketball is king on Tobacco Road, and the NCAA Tournament is the pinnacle of the sport," Gutmann wrote.  "This week, it comes together in unprecedented fashion.


Mar. 21, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Who speaks for the voiceless?

Who speaks for Ghanson Debrosse?

Before he was born, many people did. Anti-abortion groups did. Churches did. Protesters did. And lawmakers did. Florida, for instance, requires that a woman undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and the provider must offer her the option of viewing the image.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Buds of the socialist spring

While Vladimir Putin, Stalin's spawn, ponders what to do with what remains of Ukraine, remember: Nine years before the January 1942 Wannsee Conference, at which the Nazis embarked on industrialized genocide, Stalin deliberately inflicted genocidal starvation on Ukraine.


Mar. 18, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

North Carolina-Florida women: political bellwethers

What important Democratic woman politician, a Wake Forest alumna, who was born in North Carolina and later moved to Florida, has gained national attention this year for her candidacy in a critical bellwether election?

There are two correct answers.


Mar. 17, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

That's the contention of attorney Roy Black, who is defending the 20-year-old singer on a DUI charge stemming from a Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:37 PM

How to keep them down on the farm

Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government's role in exacerbating inequality.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

Burr’s shameful stonewalling on court seat

There has never been an African-American judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for some reason Senator Richard Burr seems intent on keeping it that way.


Mar. 15, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

Dynamic local business scene a Durham hallmark

The other day, waiting to pick up a lunch order at a quintessentially Durham establishment – a taqueria adorned with a large cow atop its roof, legacy of its days as dairy bar – it occurred to me how during my time in Durham the lure of buying local has grown year by year.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 12:17 PM

A pointed comment on guns

A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun.

Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a "hand gun," pointed it at another kid's head, and said, "Boom." Not a good thing to do and Entingh, who is 10, should certainly have been reprimanded. Instead, he was suspended for three days. His father, Paul, says he's been told that if it happens again, the next suspension may be permanent.