Ned Barnett

Grounding the American dream

The Wright brothers and Harry Truman, both subject of books by David McCullough, exemplify an America of opportunity for the average person. That America is giving way to one dominated by the very rich while the middle class and working poor struggle to get ahead.


On race, Hough displayed wise thoughts, poor writing

Anna Brown: Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s vice president for public affairs, said Jerry Hough’s words have “no place in civil discourse.” Actually, Hough’s ideas are the very essence of civil discourse, exactly what the US needs to consider, especially taking into account the failures of past and current strategies to dissolve racial tensions and inequality.


Douthat: Do churches fail the poor?

Ross Douthat: Some believe modern-day churches are too obsessed with culture wars – homosexuality and abortion – to pay attention to helping end poverty. However, the majority of US churches do give and try to help the less-fortunate.

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J. Peder Zane

The low-tax, needed-spending dance

J. Peder Zane: Republicans crow about the “Carolina Comeback.” They have accomplished much – cutting many taxes, paying off billions in debt, raising teacher pay and generating a budget surplus. Republicans, however, have been unable to revive the most important economic indicator: money in our wallets

Ned Barnett

N.C. forgoes a tax windfall

North Carolina cut taxes just as the wealthy were seeing big capital gains and corporations were increasing profits. As a result, the state is giving up millions in extra tax revenue.

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