Opinion: Columnists

Jan. 14, 2015 @ 11:54 PM

The silliness emerges of the Keystone catechism

Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System.


Jan. 13, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Martin: Politics and literature come together

Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics?


Jan. 12, 2015 @ 08:48 AM

Terrorists usher in the 'End of Satire'

Dear Terrorists:

OK, you win. We surrender.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Questions for the attorney general nominee

Senate confirmation hearings put nominees on notice that, as a Michigan state legislator reportedly once said, "I'm watching everything you do with a fine-toothed comb." Loretta Lynch, a talented lawyer and seasoned U.S. attorney, should be confirmed as attorney general. Her hearing, however, should not be perfunctory.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 10:47 PM

Reflecting on changing area paper has called home

I’ve noted before that The Herald-Sun is about to hang its shingle in new quarters this month. As I write this mid-week, we’re on the very cusp of that move. When you read this, if all has gone well, we’ll be in our new digs – although it may be another day or so.


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

For NYPD, no defense for the indefensible

This should not even need saying, but obviously, it does. So, for the record:

To oppose police brutality is not to oppose police. 


Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

Are there Democrats remaining in North Carolina?

Jim Graham, our late Commissioner of Agriculture, used to entertain audiences by braying like a mule, explaining that the mule was not only the symbol of the Democratic Party but also a reminder of our roots as an agricultural state. Democrats have been braying a lot recently, and for all the good it has done them they might as well have been braying at the moon.


Jan. 07, 2015 @ 09:25 PM

Climate change's instructive past

We know, because they often say so, that those who think catastrophic global warming is probable and perhaps imminent are exemplary empiricists. They say those who disagree with them are "climate change deniers" disrespectful of science.


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Another reason to celebrate our connection to movies

North Carolina loves its connections to the production of movies and television programs.

But our political decision-makers did not love that connection enough to appropriate sufficient funds or extend tax credits to persuade movie and television producers to site their programs in North Carolina. That decision in the last legislative session will surely be revisited this yea


Jan. 05, 2015 @ 07:44 AM

Reflecting on the 11th day of Christmas

I have written posts for The Herald-Sun against surveillance cameras, online classes, virtual sex and preaching by remote.   Putting cameras on police helmets is also a bad idea.  Durham should not be a city of alienated strangers. There are many arguments against turning people into automated enforcers of order.  This is a Christian one.


Jan. 04, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

The senator to watch in 2015

Standing at the intersection of three foreign policy crises and a perennial constitutional tension, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., incoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, may be the senator who matters most in 2015. 


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Looking back on a decade of Durham transformation

Ten years ago Saturday – yesterday – I became editor of The Herald-Sun, returning to Durham after a 35-year absence. What a decade it has been since.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

Ready or not, GOP candidates are coming

Is North Carolina ready to be an early stop on the road to the White House?


Jan. 01, 2015 @ 05:53 PM

15 Tar Heels to watch in the year ahead

No matter how good the crystal ball, it is impossible to predict what will happen in 2015. Perhaps it will be easier to identify the people likely to either make or respond to North Carolina news events.


Dec. 31, 2014 @ 08:27 PM

A strike against rent-seeking

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, so last year's most encouraging development in governance might have occurred in February in a U.S. District Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. There, a judge did something no federal judge has done since 1932. By striking down a "certificate of necessity" (CON) regulation, he struck a blow for liberty and against crony capitalism.