It was a weekend for memories on several fronts – memories of troubled, even horrible times, but reminders, too, of the strength of the human spirit and the salve of reconciliation.
In Durham County, one out of every five people lives in poverty, according to the U. S. Census Bureau.
For children and teenagers under 18, the number is greater than one in four -- 27.2 percent in 2011, the most recent year for which census data is available.
Sometimes it’s laughable when a politician talks one thing and then does the opposite. We see it all the time, yet we seem never to stop being surprised.
I am a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist. My column runs, I'm told, in nearly 90 newspapers each week and it just turned two years old. You might assume this means I went to journalism school, started at a paper and worked my way up. You might assume I'm a product of a Washington Think Tank. You might also assume I'm part of the media elite.
You would be wrong on all counts.
It has been quite a few days in the debate about public education in North Carolina.
Jokes about “Polacks” have always been tasteless and silly. Based on the latest international test scores, trying to get a laugh today by portraying Polish people as ignorant or dumb is a good way to identify yourself as, well, ignorant or dumb.
In the matter of the (Washington) Redskins.
I don't like being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic sensitivity. Or advised by the president of the United States about changing team names. Or blackmailed by tribal leaders playing the race card.
What is the connection between Shanghai and Carrboro? And what is the place in Shanghai that shows that connection?
Everybody from our towns who gets to go (or has to go) to Shanghai should visit a European-style home in the former “French Concession” of Shanghai. Not many westerners go there. But there is a regular flow of Chinese people to what is called “The former residence of Madame Sun Yat-sen.” Madame Sun, also known as Soong Ching-ling, was married to Sun Yat-sen. He was an early revolutionary who sought to bring down the government of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.
From Washington, the drone-warfare program looks almost aseptic: Remote-controlled aircraft fire with precision on targets half a world away.
But on Tuesday, this anonymous form of warfare assumed a name and a face: that of 9-year-old Nibila ur Rehman, who, along with her father and older brother, came all the way from Pakistan's tribal region to talk about the drone strike that killed her grandmother a year ago.
Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.
I like capitalism.
Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. A system where everyone gets the same reward regardless of quality or quantity of work is inconsistent with excellence and innovation, as the mediocrity and inefficiency that beset the Soviet Union readily proves.
Yesterday I read an interesting article in Newsweek about the connection between tornadoes and climate change.
Newsweek's story explained how top climate scientists were concerned about several ominous and fundamental changes occurring in Earth's weather patterns.
Let's get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn't know a thing about it?
I recently had a very interesting conversation with a prominent state leader. The person was picking my brain about various economic issues, one of which is our low rate of economic growth. The leader wondered if boosting the growth rate could be one of the keys to solving many of our problems.
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program." But if the program, now several decades old, had really been "halted" shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.
Parties in the three federal lawsuits challenging voting law changes signed into law here in August will appear before U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on December 12 to map out a schedule for proceedings moving forward. And while they’ve reached agreement on some preliminary litigation matters, the parties are not budging on one critical date: when the case should be tried.