North Carolina’s law that gets rid of tenure for public school teachers is a terrible change in our education system, and one with which our school board is now grappling.
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.
“The Crunkleton is the best secret I have.”
Chapel Hill author of “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace was writing in “Garden & Gun” magazine about a West Franklin Street bar, The Crunkleton.
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.
Every once in a very great while, we get these people who rise above the confines of self. Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95, was one of those.
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.
The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly":
It’s a Saturday in the middle of the busy holiday shopping season. A disheveled man is disrupting traffic in a popular shopping center, preaching loudly and scaring customers. A police officer responds to calls from merchants, but without any local options for crisis treatment services, he takes the man off to jail on a trespassing charge and hopes the jail nurses will be able to get him some help.