Opinion: Commentary

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

Tina Dupuy: Religion: It’s a rites verses rights showdown

A colleague of mine quipped the other day that the only religion he believes in is his own. “Sure,” I countered. “You piously believe in your own opinion.”

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

Paula Williams: Retaining students is tough decision

Most of the school systems in our area, including Guilford County, have enjoyed spring break this week.  Next week, we get back to the task of finishing another school year with nine busy weeks of teaching and End-of-Grade testing.  Those weeks will also include the discussion of retention for some students.

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 05:41 PM

Clarence Page: Fear of gay marriage backlash overblown

Even Supreme Court justices care what people think about them, experts say. In their current same-sex marriage cases, they fear a big public backlash if they overreach. But history also shows such fears to be greatly exaggerated when a controversial decision’s time has come.

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:54 PM

John Hood: It’s a good first fiscal step

RALEIGH — When Gov. Pat McCrory released his first state budget plan on the morning of March 20, I happened to be driving to Charlotte for a meeting. Perhaps it was my imagination, but at the precise moment his aides passed out the budget in Raleigh, I think I heard a loud crash as a teetering tower of political hyperbole and conspiracy theories suddenly collapsed.

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 03:33 PM

Your View: Guest Column - It’s time to support adequate funding for public schools.

Guilford County Schools (GCS) has the honor and responsibility of educating more than 72,500 wonderful, intelligent and diverse students.
During the last five years, while our community, state and nation suffered through the Great Recession, these remarkable students have endured massive cuts in public school funding, increased class sizes, paper shortages, rebound textbooks, broken equipment, leaky roofs and outdated technology.

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 07:09 PM

Clarence Page: Mr. President, tell us your views on legalizing pot

As the nation’s capital prepares to open its first legal medicinal marijuana dispensary and Sen. Rand Paul’s call for legalization basks in bipartisan praise, it’s time for President Barack Obama to clear the air around his own passive-aggressive position on pot.

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 07:05 PM

Chuck Bino: Keep your tempest-tost masses

Observing the plight of the German Romeike family, now tentatively living in Tennessee, gives us a further insight on the U.S. immigrant situation and our process for granting asylum.  Before arriving here, these parents were fined thousands of euros and threatened with imprisonment for allowing their children to become “truants” from the state-operated school system.

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 07:01 PM

Kristine Kaiser: Stand up, Kay Hagan. Be a Democrat

Sen. Kay Hagan sorely missed the point when she was one of four Democrats to vote against the Senate’s first budget in years. The resolution, narrowly passing in a 50-49 vote, was not meant to be the final fiscal document; it was about how a budget should be. Her objection that the plan cut too much from the military is meaningless.

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

Stan Spangle Sr.: UhRah! Join the Marine Corps League

My calendar says that today is Good Friday. I hope I can say that it was, at the end of the day. I also hope all of you can say the same.

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

Clarence Page: Ben Carson — right-wing’s new (black) hero

Whenever somebody says something like, “Now, I know this isn’t PC, but ...,” watch out. It probably means they’re about to say something rude.

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 06:47 PM

Thomas Sowell: Could we ever have a Cyprus grab?

The decision of the government in Cyprus to simply take money out of people’s bank accounts there sent shock waves around the world. People far removed from that small island nation had to wonder: “Can this happen here?”

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 01:42 AM

Vince Wheeler: Adding religion studies could work

You’ve gotta give state Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, some credit. The longtime General Assembly member from Denton certainly is not shy about creating a controversy. In fact, he’s the sponsor of two controversial pieces of legislation this session.

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 05:36 PM

John Hood: A modest proposal on electric power

RALEIGH — Sometimes, despite good intentions, we just get things wrong. That’s what happened in 2007, when the North Carolina Legislature enacted a bill to force electric utilities to buy “renewable” power from wind, solar, and other expensive and unreliable sources.

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 06:26 PM

Clarence Page: GOP reboot: A ‘Grand Open Party?’

Will Republican leaders listen to a bruising new internal report that calls for more minority outreach? First, they have to convince their party’s right-wingers to avoid making younger and nonwhite voters feel about as welcome as a cheeseburger at a vegan buffet.

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

Tom Blount: Don’t expect a quick fix

On the first day of spring, this is how “euronews” described President Obama’s trip to Israel:
“Barack Obama’s visit to Israel for the first time as U.S. president on Wednesday … is high on symbolism but low on expectations. He brings with him no new solutions for peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories, no new strategy for ending the war in Syria and no new plan to prevent a nuclear armed Iran.