Opinion: Columnists

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 12:20 AM

There has to be a better way to run a state

Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the “sine die,” followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, “There has to be a better way to run a state.”


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Pitts: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

What next? That's what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African-Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America?


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Fed up with cupcake cops

In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Today's editorial cartoon, August 20


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Remembering the Negro League, reflecting on its loss

“He is number 42,” I said.

On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Health center with its many benefits faces challenges

Several weeks ago, I bumped into Dr. Howard Eisenson, medical director of Lincoln Community Health Center, at the Durham Farmers Market.
He broached an idea for articles in The Herald-Sun talking about Lincoln’s contributions to the community and challenges facing it and all community health care centers.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

In a stew over inversions

Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called "inversion," more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean

A riot can be many things.

 

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

Pay reform meets student needs

Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and relatively small raises to some experienced ones.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 08:50 PM

Into a new void in foreign affairs?

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." 


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

The most important thing the legislature did

The most important thing the legislature did this year is what it did not do.

Adjourn.


Aug. 11, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

The so-called 'war on whites' is a fight the GOP can't win

At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine?

On the off chance it is, let us spend a few moments pondering the strange case of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who said last week that the Democratic Party is waging a "War on Whites."


Aug. 10, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

Is inflation ready to take a leap?

Two key concerns in our economy are unemployment and inflation. We want both to be low. When unemployment is low, more people have jobs and earn income. When inflation is low, the dollars we earn don’t lose purchasing power as fast. That is, our dollars buy more with low inflation than with high inflation.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

Time to rebuild state reserves

Today I’ll offer my own top fiscal priority for 2015: saving for a rainy day.