The Editors' Blog
Posted by Dan Barkin on January 14, 2015
Today a group of new senators and representatives were sworn in at the General Assembly in Raleigh.
It is heady stuff, being elected to public office and suddenly getting invited to a lot of parties and having lobbyists in expensive suits wanting to be your new best friend. Folks who knew you in high school now are less likely to think of you as a bozo and more likely to want to know if you can help get junior into UNC or State.
This is a good time to heed words from nearly 101 years ago - March 20, 1914 to be precise - by another elected official. You may not be a fan of President Woodrow Wilson’s politics (kind of an early 20th century Barack Obama). But the speech he gave to the National Press Club contains a passage that is relevant today. (I found this in a book edited by Arthur Link, a historian of the Progressive Era, the leading Wilson scholar and a UNC graduate.) Wilson was talking, a few moments into the speech, about what it’s like to be president of the United States:
Posted by Dan Barkin on January 7, 2015
We are in a transitional energy phase, and the transition is all over our newsprint. One of the challenges of editing a daily paper is connecting dots. Tuesday, we probably could have had a big box on 1A that said: "A directory to all the energy-related stories in today's paper."
Posted by Dan Barkin on December 12, 2014
A year ago, I was paying around a buck more per gallon. I figure that I will pay around $1,000 less on gasoline in 2015 at this rate. I’m feeling pretty good about this. So why is the drop in oil bothering the stock market so much?
Posted by Dan Barkin on November 17, 2014
According to data kept by the Department of Public Instruction, almost 80 school systems in North Carolina have less than 10,000 students apiece. More than 25 school districts have less than 3,000 students each, which is the annual enrollment growth in Wake County.
Posted by Dan Barkin on October 15, 2014
In the aftermath of the gay marriage ruling by Judge Max Cogburn, a stroll down memory lane, including the records of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, for one thing.