Opinion: Columnists

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.


May. 31, 2014 @ 08:02 PM

November showdown in Tar Heel country

"Twenty-four times" is Thom Tillis' answer, delivered with a faint flicker of a Cheshire Cat smile. The question was: How many times, that his campaign knows of, has Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said on camera that under Obamacare, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it? Tillis will be sharing some of her video promises with voters as he seeks to become part of a Republican Senate majority in January 2015.


May. 31, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Barely 5 years old, food trucks now mainstream

This is hardly a new development, but it struck me last week that food trucks have truly gone mainstream in Durham.

The latest sign? Since late March, the Research Triangle Foundation and Fidelity Investments have partnered to sponsor weekly food truck rodeos in the park. 


May. 30, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Saying enough to gun violence

I am running out of words.

Some crackpot who couldn't get a date stabs and shoots his way across the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, killing six people and wounding 13 before apparently turning his gun on himself. This happened Friday night. And what shall I say about that?
I mean, I know how this goes. We all do. Weren't you sort of expecting it when the father of one of the Isla Vista victims blamed his son's death on the NRA? Would you really be stunned if the NRA countered that none of this would have happened had there been more guns in Isla Vista? 


May. 28, 2014 @ 08:55 PM

Ignoring the path to recovery

It is said that the problem with the younger generation -- any younger generation -- is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting. Barack Obama, forever young, has convenient memory loss: It serves his ideology. His amnesia concerning the policies that produced the robust recovery from the more severe (measured by its 10.8 percent unemployment rate) recession of 1981-82 has produced policies that have resulted in 0.1 percent economic growth in 2014's first quarter -- the 56th, 57th and 58th months of the recovery from the recession that began in December 2007.


May. 27, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

Would a real veto power help Gov. McCrory?

There’s a secret nobody in the Raleigh power establishment will confirm.

It is this. Our Republican governor, Pat McCrory, would not mind if there were a few more Democrats in the General Assembly after this fall’s elections.


May. 26, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

It's time to show our veterans some love

"I want a love I can see. That's the only kind that means a thing to me. Don't want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without."

-- The Temptations, 1963


May. 25, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Apartment building boom latest downtown revival chapter

An item in a recent emailed newsletter from the Durham Rotary Club grabbed my attention.

Scott Selig, Duke University’s vice president for real estate, gave the club an enthusiastic report on the downtown revival in which he and Duke have been major players.


May. 24, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

You Decide: Can gray become green in rural areas?

Retired people are on the move. They’re going to resorts, towns and cities where their children and grandchildren live, or simply to locations with a lower cost of living. And they’re not just visiting -- they’re staying.


May. 24, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

Set higher standards for North Carolina

Think that the quality of political debate is low and declining? I agree. For a recent, telling example of the problem, consider the debate about North Carolina’s participation in Common Core.