Opinion: Columnists

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.


Mar. 14, 2014 @ 01:13 AM

Will N.C. make par in 2014?

If North Carolina Democrats were to gain some legislative seats this year, state and national pundits would probably spill gobs of ink -- or at least fill gobs of pixels -- with elaborate explanations of how the party began to recover its footing in a state it once dominated.

Based on North Carolina’s modern political history, however, what would really be surprising is if Republicans didn’t lose seats in 2014.


Mar. 12, 2014 @ 10:49 PM

The benefits of prudence

In September 1958, a future columnist, then 17, was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free mini-packs of cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Six years later -- 50 years ago: Jan. 11, 1964 -- when the Surgeon General published the report declaring tobacco carcinogenic, more than 40 percent of American adults smoked. Today, when smoking is considered declassee rather than sophisticated, fewer than one-fifth do.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

‘A mountain populist to the very end’

When long-time legislator and lawyer Martin Nesbitt died last week at age 67, he was already on my mind for a column. The news of his stomach cancer followed quickly by his death shocked those who remembered his powerful presence as a representative and then state senator.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Dial down the Dan River blame game

Enough with the hysteria, finger pointing and partisanship. The Duke Energy coal ash spill needs immediate action, there’s blame enough to go around and we need to focus on fixing problems.


Mar. 10, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Laughter and grief belong together

Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one:

"Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the men's Olympic hockey game."


Mar. 08, 2014 @ 01:31 PM

Face it – it’s just daylight ‘shifting’ time

A polling firm, Rasmussen Reports, has asked folks in national telephone surveys if they agree or disagree with this statement about Daylight Saving Time: “Don’t think the time change is worth the hassle.”

Forty-seven percent agree with that statement. Only 40 percent disagreed.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 03:48 PM

Healing starts with '12 Years a Slave'

A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see “12 Years a Slave” now?

It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I'll even spring for the popcorn.


Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

North Carolina boringly average

Is there any more potent political issue in North Carolina than education? Probably not. As allies of the teachers union, Democrats hope to ride the issue back into power in Raleigh, at least by 2016. As advocates of performance pay and parental choice, Republicans hope to compete effectively with Democrats for the support of voters who value greater education opportunities for North Carolina children.