Opinion: Columnists

May. 18, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe's much worse than Obamacare

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.

He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.


May. 18, 2015 @ 08:53 AM

Savoring contrasting vibes downtown, and wondering

Last weekend, shopping and strolling through the Durham Farmers’ Market as my family does most Saturdays, it was clear that we’re heading into the bounteous season. Product and purchasers are becoming more plentiful, and I was reminded once again of how the market and its surroundings have transformed in the past decade.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

Santorum: The return of the GOP's runner-up

A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.


May. 16, 2015 @ 12:48 AM

Thank a teacher, not just one week a year

Everyone can remember one or more teachers who had a significant impact on their life. During Teacher Appreciation Week we recognized and were grateful to them, but thanking our teachers is more than just raising their pay, as many repeatedly suggest. 


May. 14, 2015 @ 09:50 AM

How McCrory gets judged

Pat McCrory will likely run for reelection next year as governor of North Carolina against longtime Attorney General Roy Cooper. Both men are capable candidates who will run skillful, well-funded campaigns. Given the larger political context, I see the contest as unpredictable at the moment. But there are a couple of things we can say with confidence about it.


May. 14, 2015 @ 07:59 AM

In childhood, risk is inherent

Controversies about "free-range parenting" illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of "child protection." And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting infantilized undergraduates from various menaces, including uncongenial ideas.


May. 12, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice

Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis?


May. 11, 2015 @ 01:02 PM

Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."


May. 10, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

The Apostle Mike: Onward Christian Huckabee

In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of "The Power of Positive Thinking."


May. 09, 2015 @ 10:22 PM

Preserving legacy of a remarkable school-building program

Around the turn of the 20th century, Julius Rosenwald was building Sears, Robuck and Co. into the mail-order behemoth that embedded itself in American culture as that century’s Amazon.com.


May. 08, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Toya Graham, simply doing what mothers do

A few thoughts about Toya Graham, just in time for Mother's Day.


May. 07, 2015 @ 12:53 AM

A patrician blacksmith for president?

America's smallest state -- one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger -- has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. "Put a blacksmith in the White House" could be Lincoln Chafee's slogan.


May. 05, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Bad news for politicians – and the rest of us, too

I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.

Some of your best friends are dying.

It is not people that I am thinking about.

It is restaurants.


May. 04, 2015 @ 08:48 AM

Protests are fine, but policy is where change needs to happen

On the Thursday before Baltimore burned, Mr. Lee went to Washington.


May. 04, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

The Lusitania's role in history

Owning a fragment of history -- a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button -- is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania. This 787-feet-long passenger liner has been beneath 300 feet of water off Ireland's south coast since a single German torpedo sank it 100 years ago Thursday. It contains the 4 million U.S.-made rifle bullets and other munitions that the ship had been carrying from neutral America to wartime Britain.