Opinion

The moral bankruptcy of American policy in Syria

As Russian planes decimate Aleppo, and hundreds of thousands of civilians in Syria’s largest city prepare for encirclement, blockade and siege – and for the starvation and the barbarity that will inevitably follow – it is time to proclaim the moral bankruptcy of American and Western policy in Syria.

Op-Ed

Jobs for Life helping those harmed by too-punitive justice system

As a leader for Jobs for Life, a faith-based community group in Raleigh, I get a front-row seat to the devastating realities and consequences of our punitive criminal justice system. This system has created a growing underclass of people trapped in poverty, due in large measure to the incarceration of people of color on a staggering scale. Breaking this cycle of marginalization requires solutions that restore relationships rather than perpetuating poverty and dependency that make rehabilitation almost impossible.

Op-Ed

Feminism, hell and Hillary Clinton

Madeleine Albright’s more or less told women that they’re damned if they’re not on Clinton’s team

Gloria Steinem asserted that young women who back Bernie Sanders are angling to score dates with the young bucks in the Sanders brigade

That’s right, “Democratic socialism” is a known aphrodisiac: the oyster of politics – there’s nothing like denunciations of oligarchs to put you in the mood

J. Peder Zane

Zane: Morality, clarity, truth: The world through William Barber’s eyes

William Barber’s book, “The Third Revolution,” provides a compelling account of the cultural, spiritual and intellectual experiences that have shaped him

It is to Barber’s great credit that even though he “learned firsthand to fear white anger and the violence of white mobs,” he was able to transcend these experiences and see the quest for freedom in wider terms

Unfortunately, Barber sees only one side of any issue – his own, which he protects from any scrutiny by proclaiming it to be the only moral stance

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J. Peder Zane

Zane: Morality, clarity, truth: The world through William Barber’s eyes

William Barber’s book, “The Third Revolution,” provides a compelling account of the cultural, spiritual and intellectual experiences that have shaped him

It is to Barber’s great credit that even though he “learned firsthand to fear white anger and the violence of white mobs,” he was able to transcend these experiences and see the quest for freedom in wider terms

Unfortunately, Barber sees only one side of any issue – his own, which he protects from any scrutiny by proclaiming it to be the only moral stance

J. Peder Zane

Zane: How Republicans have righted North Carolina’s fiscal ship

GOP tax cuts did not drain North Carolina coffers – they helped replenish them

It’s the same as how the falsely derided Reagan tax cuts actually increased revenues and sparked a two-decade long rise in median incomes

These are the stubborn facts that belie the incessant propaganda of those who insistently pretend that supply-side economics is a fantasy

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Op-Ed

Feminism, hell and Hillary Clinton

Madeleine Albright’s more or less told women that they’re damned if they’re not on Clinton’s team

Gloria Steinem asserted that young women who back Bernie Sanders are angling to score dates with the young bucks in the Sanders brigade

That’s right, “Democratic socialism” is a known aphrodisiac: the oyster of politics – there’s nothing like denunciations of oligarchs to put you in the mood

J. Peder Zane

Zane: Morality, clarity, truth: The world through William Barber’s eyes

William Barber’s book, “The Third Revolution,” provides a compelling account of the cultural, spiritual and intellectual experiences that have shaped him

It is to Barber’s great credit that even though he “learned firsthand to fear white anger and the violence of white mobs,” he was able to transcend these experiences and see the quest for freedom in wider terms

Unfortunately, Barber sees only one side of any issue – his own, which he protects from any scrutiny by proclaiming it to be the only moral stance

Op-Ed

NC must invest in teachers before it’s too late

Promising students who want to teach are unlikely to take on college debt given teacher pay in North Carolina

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows financially supported qualified students if they taught in North Carolina for four years after graduation

We need to bring it back

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s ag-gag law an affront to human decency

Factory farm proponents have been pushing for ag-gag laws, which prevent activists and whistleblowers from revealing unsavory truths about our food system

These laws, like the one that took effect Jan. 1 in North Carolina, are designed to stifle awareness and discussion

They are an affront to free speech and freedom of the press, and they express utter contempt for American consumers