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Aug. 03, 2015 @ 12:24 AM

Durham and the NCDOT

the abrupt change in the state Department of Transportation last week lifted a respected Durham leader into a critically important position in Raleigh.

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Aug. 03, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

Letter to the Editor, August 4

  • Will’s charge takes the cake
  • NC BlueCross misdirects blame

Columnist: Bob Ashley View All »

Aug. 02, 2015 @ 01:32 AM

Proud our city can be a model for transformation

Even dramatic change, if you’re living through it, can be hard to fully grasp as we’re absorbed with incremental day-to-day change. As much as I think I’ve paid attention to downtown’s transformation, which started before my return in 2005 and has really hit its stride in the decade since, it was good to be reminded last week of how transformed the city’s center is today.

Columnist: Rick Bean View All »

May. 02, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

Navigating shades of gray in news decisions

Sometimes it's difficult to live in a world that wants to be black and white, when in fact it's varying shades of gray.


Columnist: Chris Fitzsimon View All »

Apr. 09, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Thousands of seniors anxiously await lawmakers’ budget decisions

When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years.

Columnist: John Hood View All »

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 11:15 PM

Court made the right choice

There was absolutely nothing surprising about the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship program. The outcome was welcome. The lack of surprise was disappointing.

Columnist: DG Martin View All »

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Martin: Hero on the wrong side of history

Can Atticus Finch still be our hero?

Columnist: Leonard Pitts View All »

Aug. 03, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

Race war? The world has already seen plenty of them

He wanted to start a race war.

That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.

Columnist: Mike Walden View All »

Jul. 09, 2015 @ 08:32 AM

Is North Carolina’s economic rebound stumbling?

Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called “gross domestic product,” or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound?

Columnist: George Will View All »

Aug. 02, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

The barbarity of a nation

Executives of Planned Parenthood's federally subsidized meat markets -- your tax dollars at work -- lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.

Columnist: Tom Campbell View All »

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

The verdict on the state’s election laws trial

Two weeks into the hearing over North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, we have reached some conclusions.

Columnist: Amy Laura Hall View All »

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 10:36 PM

Hungry for radical challenge to our standard narratives

There is a postcard on my office door with a portrait of President Dwight Eisenhower alongside a quote from his departing speech in 1961, during which he used the phrase “military-industrial complex”:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial comple

Columnist: Rob Schofield View All »

Nov. 29, 2014 @ 07:58 AM

GOP has a golden opportunity during the lame duck session

What will the new political year in Washington bring? According to some analysts, the new GOP congressional majorities tilt more toward “the establishment” and away from the Tea Party wing. According to others, however, the new majorities are the starter’s signal for a full-fledged campaign to “repeal” the Obama presidency and even impeach the President himself.

Columnist: Philip Azar View All »

Opinion: Guest Columnists View All »

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 10:51 PM

Sales tax funds help open pathway for Durham Tech students

Postsecondary education has never been more important than it is today.

It’s no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity, and a pricey one at that.