Opinion: Columnists

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

States should think long-term on spending, taxes

RALEIGH — Although I support the tax cuts and other fiscal policies adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory over the past two years, I have repeatedly urged policymakers and commentators alike to avoid making grandiose claims about those policies’ immediate effects on North Carolina’s economy.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE -- It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state's intricacies to advance progressivism's project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government's saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Department of Justice wants to destroy Wisconsin's school choice program. Feigning concern about access for handicapped children, DOJ's aim is to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort enjoyed by affluent DOJ lawyers.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 07:25 AM

Jim Leutze wants his state back

“I am mad as hell and I want my state back.”

Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, “Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years,” which The Charlotte Observer book columnist Dannye Romine Powell has named “best book title of the year.”


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Some thoughts as we wait to see whether Ferguson burns

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

Adolf Eichmann: A murderer's warped idealism

Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about "the unfathomable."


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Should we question the model of student (briefly) athletes?

The national debate over big-time college athletics, given greater impetus in the past couple of decades as television and marketing revenue has fueled soaring expenditures, has in the past year or so deepened further.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 09:27 AM

Pitts: An open letter to the GOP regarding its dearest enemy

Dear Republican Party:

Impeach President Obama.

 

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Rethinking U.S. foreign policy highlights GOP differences

Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right-size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development -- the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.


Nov. 11, 2014 @ 07:43 AM

2014: This was the election year of no ideas

The first time he said it was 10 years ago.

Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the smoke and haze of political expedience. He said it again last week and the effect was starkly different -- somehow forlorn, like birthday cake after the party, or a Christmas tree set out on the curb on Jan. 2.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

Battle for political dominance, like Isner’s epic match

What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner?

Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that.


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Rethinking Hillary 2016

Now that two of the last three Democratic presidencies have been emphatically judged to have been failures, the world's oldest political party -- the primary architect of this nation's administrative state -- has some thinking to do. The accumulating evidence that the Democratic Party is an exhausted volcano includes its fixation with stale ideas, such as the supreme importance of a 23rd increase in the minimum wage. Can this party be so blinkered by the modest success of its third recent presidency, Bill Clinton's, that it will sleepwalk into the next election behind Hillary Clinton? 


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Let’s spend like it’s 1969

Government is far, far bigger than it used to be. Liberals generally cheer this development. Conservatives regret it. To understand the disagreement about this change, one must first understand the magnitude of the change.


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Pitts: Shoshana Roberts and the catcalls heard 'round the world

They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts.

She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.

 

Nov. 05, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Today's editorial cartoon, Nov. 6


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

What victorious Republicans must do now

Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium.