Opinion: Commentary

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 02:37 AM

Kristine Kaiser: Obama’s shift will spawn Tea Party breakaway

There’s a scramble going on. Politics are in flux. When President Obama turned to the left and affirmed liberalism, he upset the status quo, making way for a few changes. Obama was once positioned as a right-leaning moderate on the political spectrum, and his legitimate opposition was a Tea Party conservative. That’s how it all lined up.

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 02:34 AM

Stan Spangle Sr.: Veterans retired/disability pay bill introduced

Even though a huge amount of time has been spent (and wasted) arguing back and forth about the budget and sequestration, a lot of legislation has been introduced. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  has again submitted S.234, The Retired Pay Restoration Act.

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 07:09 PM

Clarence Page: Jackson Jr.’s ‘promise’ turns pitiful

Even by the jaded standards of Illinois politics, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s spending spree with his campaign cash sounds breathtakingly shameless, partly because it sounds so senseless.

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 07:08 PM

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts on the passing scene

I can’t get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his -- and when it comes to a prostitute’s word against a politician’s word, that is too close to call.

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 07:06 PM

John Hood: The season of change fills Carolina

RALEIGH — Now is the winter of our discontent.

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 03:32 PM

Clarence Page: Rubio vs. an invisible Obama

Sen. Marco Rubio’s manufactured outrage over President Barack Obama’s leaked immigration proposal illustrates the current Republican dilemma: They have to sound like they’re doing battle with this president even when they agree with him.

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 03:44 AM

Tom Blount: Exercise your right to know!

“Let the sunshine in!”
If you are 50 or older, that prompt already may have you humming the tune to “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” which peaked at No. 1 for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in March of 1969. Wikipedia calls it “a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical ‘Hair’ by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics) and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single [44 years ago] by The 5th Dimension.”

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 05:37 PM

Rick Bean: Economic situation requires tough, compassionate decisions

An Associated Press story Monday turned me from reader to researcher. The story has been written many times, many different ways. It was about the Republicans in North Carolina moving quickly the first few weeks of 2013 on several issues. In no particular order, those issues include whether to expand Medicaid, reduction of jobless benefits and changing the state’s earned-income tax credit.

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 03:46 PM

Mike Hughes: We need more lawyers like these

When I was younger, I used to think that political corruption only occurred in Third World countries and a few big cities. I still like to think that corruption in American government was the exception rather than the rule up until the 1990s. But the times have surely changed.

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

Will Durst: Rebs in Reds wreak GOP havoc

Relax. It’s not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few election cycles. Have to assume these self-proclaimed frugal guys purchased their huge caches of defibrillators and CPR paddles in bulk. “CLEAR!”

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 08:50 PM

Paula Williams: Service Learning develops character

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.” When you think about character development, where would you say it should begin?

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

Clarence Page: Those boys in the back of the class

Every year, millions of well-intentioned American kids show up at kindergarten or first grade woefully unprepared to learn. Some can’t even tell you their own complete name, let alone spell any of it.

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Mousa Alshanteer: Return to Goldwater conservatism

Despite his loss in the 1964 Presidential Election, Barry Goldwater’s unwavering commitment to truly conservative ideals set the stage for Ronald Reagan’s election to the presidency in 1980 as well as Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution” in 1994. Goldwater may have lost the election, but he initiated a revolution similar to that kindled by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, and “tapped a deep reservoir [of conservatism] that already existed” in the American populace.

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

John Hood: Saying no is a good start

RALEIGH — Now that the North Carolina Senate has sent a clear signal that it opposes both Medicaid expansion and a state-based health exchange, the state capital is abuzz with complaints and speculations.

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

Clarence Page: The GOP’s civil war stumbles on

After Mitt Romney’s 2012 election shellacking, a predictable blame-storm has broken out between Republican pragmatists who want to win elections and the zealots who love to argue.