the abrupt change in the state Department of Transportation last week lifted a respected Durham leader into a critically important position in Raleigh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can Atticus Finch still be our hero?
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.
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?
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.
Two weeks into the hearing over North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, we have reached some conclusions.
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
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.
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.