Opinion: Columnists

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:27 AM

Plant the seed for fruitful debate

I’m told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

We can expect growing debate over the g-word

Rodrigo Dorfman, in a guest column on this page Tuesday, tossed out the g-word – gentrification -- and set off a minor round of debate on neighborhood discussion groups. Dorfman often does that. He’s outspoken, thoughtful and prone to poke at painful issues.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 12:13 AM

Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be

Why do we read books?

For entertainment, of course, first and foremost. But the best books also challenge us emotionally and intellectually to see the world in a different way, as it really is, or as it once was, as it could be, or, perhaps, as it will become.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Code or cursive – what do students need more?

An intriguing report from the U S. Census Bureau last week offered yet more support to drawing far more students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math – the so-called STEM fields.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 07:40 AM

‘Stupid hats’ or thinking caps?

Gov. Pat McCrory’s admonition for people not to put on their “stupid hat” during Hurricane Arthur was easily understood, timely and right on target. It started us thinking where else we might be wearing “stupid hats.”


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Louis Zamperini was more than a hero

Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.

 

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Preserving the monuments of a controversial past

“You see him and ask: ‘Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?’ This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won't change the way people think just by getting rid of a monument.”


Jul. 07, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Courageous or spineless? Our actions -- or inactions -- decide for us

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

"The bystander effect," explains Psychology Today on its website, "occurs when the presence of others hinders an individual from intervening in an emergency situation." 


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Relax. This is not a slippery slope.

So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision. 


Jul. 02, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Curse of judicial minimalism

Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9-0 rulings last week.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

A great generation and a great book title

“It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.”

Tom Brokaw, former NBC News anchor and productive author, was talking, with his usual modesty, about “The Greatest Generation.”


Jun. 30, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Half way is still only half way

Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of "manifold evils."

Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a "threat to the very essence" of America.

Rep. Howard Smith called it a "monstrous instrument of oppression."

It was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

When ‘tolerance’ declares some beliefs intolerable

Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who successfully moved a federal agency to withdraw trademark protections from the Washington Redskins because it considers the team's name derogatory, lives on a reservation where Navajos root for the Red Mesa High School Redskins. She opposes this name; the Native Americans who picked and retain it evidently do not.


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Education, availability help break bad food habits

When this paper commented editorially on the county’s recognition by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize, we also noted the continued challenges we as a community face for better health outcomes.


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

The 2014 legislative Summer Olympic games

State  Sen. Jerry Tillman says getting accurate Medicaid budget numbers is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree. His statement, both accurate and amusing, doesn’t reflect last week’s entertainment in Raleigh.