Opinion: Columnists

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.  


Jun. 27, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Tragedy explored in 'Broken Heart Land'

His family doesn't know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand.

 

Jun. 25, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Mississippi votes its appetite

Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the tea party persuasion who in Mississippi's Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

“Saving Texas” and forgetting about Scotland

How does Harry Potter feel about the hotly contested proposal to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom?


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

Pitts: Beware the unimaginable

This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued.


Jun. 26, 2014 @ 07:09 PM

Durham’s robust economy promises to continue

If you have, as I do, a sense that Durham’s economic buoyancy over the past several years is about to kick into an even higher gear, a study released last week provided a significant confirmation.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Casey Kasem, hip to be square

He remembered everything about that night.

 

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 07:20 AM

Obama's foreign policy of retreat

Two hundred and nine years after Marines visited those shores, dispatched by President Jefferson to punish Barbary pirates for attacking U.S. vessels in the Mediterranean, Marines are again in that sea, poised to return. If they are sent ashore, their mission will be to rescue U.S. citizens from the consequences of U.S. policy. Then they might have to do the same thing in Baghdad.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

What we learned last week

What was the lesson we were taught twice last week?

Once by Dave Brat, the congressional candidate who defeated House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor?


Jun. 16, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Lest we forget, aging has its downside

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 06:03 PM

Waging a war on social science

Despite all the talk of a “war on science” being waged by political conservatives and Republican politicians -- to match their supposed wars on women, men, the young, and the old, no doubt -- North Carolina now features a shrill and relentless rhetorical war on social science by political liberals and Democratic politicians.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Industry realizing valuable news merits a price tag

A couple decades ago, I was in a crowded, stuffy hotel room at a group editors’ meeting, looking over the shoulder of an editor from the San Jose Mercury News. He was demonstrating the paper’s new on-line news operation.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 01:08 AM

House hits a wicked curve and scores a P.R. coup

It was late in the game. The House was at bat to take its cut at the state budget. The State Senate team had thrown them a wicked curveball. Did the House have the skill and the moxie to respond in this modern-day “Casey-at-the-bat” scenario?


Jun. 13, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Wow! And thanks to you

How about some good news for a change?