Opinion: Columnists

May. 20, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

May 20 -- Did you miss it again this year?

“It is probably not known to many of our readers, that the citizens of Mecklenburg County, in this state made a declaration of independence a year before Congress made theirs.”

This item could be an introduction to a contemporary story about the anniversary of the May 20, 1775, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.


May. 18, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

What legislators should (but won’t) do

At the beginning of every legislative session it is good to take stock of where North Carolina is and where it is headed. No doubt legislative leadership will point with pride to their 2013 legislative accomplishments but before taking a victory lap perhaps they need to consider the bigger picture.


May. 17, 2014 @ 08:47 PM

Lyndon Johnson’s bifurcated legacy

Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few." This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.


May. 17, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

Lyndon Johnson’s bifurcated legacy

Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few." This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.


May. 17, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Proximity underscores tornado’s potential for harm

What’s with this weather, anyway?

This area is no stranger to tornadoes, and we’ve seen the destruction that it could bring.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

Learning about passion from a life infused with it

Passion is more than an underrated word. It's an underrated way of life.

Nearly 40 years ago I met a community leader who would have a lasting impact on my life. He didn't know it then and neither did I. His name was Chuck.


May. 16, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

Fair warning: this book will make you angry.

"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of stories. Like the Vietnamese refugee and rape victim in San Diego who applied for public assistance, only to be visited by a "welfare inspector" who barged into her home and began yelling that he would take her children away if he found she was lying about being destitute and not having a man. All this as he's rummaging through her belongings. Finally, he holds up a pair of sexy panties on the tip of a pencil, demanding with a triumphant smirk to know why she needs these if she has no boyfriend.


May. 15, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Reality isn’t so discouraging

If all you know about North Carolina’s recent economic performance is what you get from Twitter feeds, partisan press releases, or brief mentions on television newscasts, then much of what you “know” is flat wrong.


May. 14, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

In Illinois, voters face stark choices

Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises, and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills. The state is a stark illustration of prolonged one-party rule conducted by politicians subservient to government employees unions


May. 13, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Looking for a hand salute from Duke

As the discussion about the consequences of the coal ash residue leakages continues, there is one thing about Duke Energy about which there is widespread agreement.


May. 12, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

The absence of fathers matters

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad.


May. 10, 2014 @ 08:35 PM

Government by intimidation the real corruption

U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene. Last Tuesday, Randa halted the corruption being committed by persons pretending to administer campaign regulations -- regulations ostensibly enacted to prevent corruption or the appearance thereof. The prosecutors' cynical manipulation of Wisconsin's campaign laws is more than the mere appearance of corruption.

 

May. 10, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

You Decide: Do we live in the most interesting times?

I like looking back. I love to read and talk about history. I initially wanted to become a history teacher before being smitten by economics. While my wife might take a crime novel to the beach, I’ll carry a history book.

One of the cherished memories from my youth is talking to my paternal grandmother about her life. 


May. 10, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

Baby boomers will now bloat ranks of elderly

I know all of you who are younger than the baby boomers are beyond tired of listening to us talk about how politics, protest, movies, sex, drugs and rock and roll will never be what they were in the 1960s and ’70s.

Well, take heart. The inexorable march of time is at work.


May. 09, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

There was a method to this madness.

Meaning that night more than three weeks ago when a caravan of trucks and buses descended on a boarding school in rural Nigeria and more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their beds. As is often the case with acts of terror, this mass kidnapping was accomplished with a theatricality and audacity designed to inspire awe.