Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world.
The opportunity for a good life is always there if you are willing to work for it. Living in America gives everyone the same opportunity to achieve success and move ahead.
Choices are what determine whether you advance or not.
The interesting news event this week is a Department of Defense study which indicates 71 percent of youths between ages 17-24 are NOT qualified for military service. Only 1 percent of those who are eligible are inclined to join the military. That leaves is a pool of about 90,000, not even four divisions.
Responses to the current hpe.com poll question pretty much indicate the public’s conflicted feelings about last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on cell phone searches by law enforcement officers.
Hillary Clinton recently urged the 2014 Democratic candidates to “like” Obamacare. Of course, there was a time when embracing the health care reform policy was so politically dangerous and so directly fed into the GOP’s favorite strategy for election victories.
I find it interesting that in 2010, Republicans said the election was all about jobs, jobs, jobs. After the elections, not one jobs bill was introduced. Republicans said Obamacare would not work and that the botched roll-out was proof.
RALEIGH — Still constant attacks from their liberal critics, North Carolina’s Republican leaders aren’t in a panic. Gov. Pat McCrory’s approval rating is ticking upward. GOP prospects for November are improving. Is this a case of irrational exuberance?
BY THOMAS MCCRAY
Political correctness, discrimination, liberal or conservative, these and other terms seem today to be used constantly when trying to explain the way people think and label anyone’s point of view. It’s the case on numerous subjects, to explain their own way of seeing their own versions of right or wrong.
Who deserves more attention in news coverage of mass killings: the victims or the killers? The question has risen with new heat after the rampage in Isla Vista, California, which resulted in six murders and 13 injuries.
It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward “mobility,” defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.