Opinion: Columnists

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Lest we forget, aging has its downside

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Waging a war on social science

Despite all the talk of a “war on science” being waged by political conservatives and Republican politicians -- to match their supposed wars on women, men, the young, and the old, no doubt -- North Carolina now features a shrill and relentless rhetorical war on social science by political liberals and Democratic politicians.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Industry realizing valuable news merits a price tag

A couple decades ago, I was in a crowded, stuffy hotel room at a group editors’ meeting, looking over the shoulder of an editor from the San Jose Mercury News. He was demonstrating the paper’s new on-line news operation.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 01:08 AM

House hits a wicked curve and scores a P.R. coup

It was late in the game. The House was at bat to take its cut at the state budget. The State Senate team had thrown them a wicked curveball. Did the House have the skill and the moxie to respond in this modern-day “Casey-at-the-bat” scenario?


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Wow! And thanks to you

How about some good news for a change?


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 12:57 AM

For GOP, re-evaluation time

The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a deep breath until we find out how everyone" -- meaning, especially, House Republicans -- "reacts to this." By "this" he indicates, with a wave of a hand, the one-word headline on Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Congress: "Stunner."


Jun. 11, 2014 @ 08:14 PM

The roar of Europe's protest vote

When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, he suggested: "At last!" Which is how many Europeans feel about the rapidly growing disgust with the European Union, which is headquartered in Brussels.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 07:17 AM

The Republicans’ best choice for 2016

Romney for President.

Get used to the idea.

Again.


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

NRA backtracks from rare instance of making sense

A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.

This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to carry firearms openly have taken to showing up en masse at public places -- coffee shops, museums, restaurants, etc. -- toting shotguns and assault rifles. 


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Historic anniversaries chance to report veterans’ stories

My memory may be playing tricks, but I think I recall a story-planning conversation from my days as city editor of The Raleigh Times.

It was spring 1974, and we were thinking about D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

While our planet melts, GOP pleads ignorance

It is irreversible now.

And there's a word that should get everybody's attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: The melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, we'd still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Victims of progressivism

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous ("micro-aggressions," often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.


Jun. 03, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Music, murder and more for your summer reading

Suddenly it’s June. Have you made a list of books to read on your summer vacation? Here are some North Carolina books for that list.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Forced faith is not faith

In a prison in Khartoum, a dusty city on the banks of the ancient Nile in the African nation of Sudan, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim waits.


Jun. 01, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Moral Mondays movement no tool of Democrats

There is a bit of mythology percolating through the news media these days that the Moral Mondays/Forward Together movement led by Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP is somehow a stalking horse for the state Democratic Party and Democratic politicians. A recent news story even ran in several North Carolina news outlets under the headline “NC's protests are Democratic tool in election year.”
The story was a mile off-base.