Op-Ed

Op-Ed

In NC, one-party rule is not truly republican

The Constitution’s guarantee of a “Republican form of government” expresses our nation’s commitment to the democratic process and the rule of law.

Op-Ed

Conscience should shape US immigration policy

Singling out of classes of people for immigration restrictions is deeply troubling in an already turbulent world. It is dubious whether it will provide the security it is said to deliver, especially in regard to the refugee program.

Op-Ed

The Trump White House is already cooking the books

As the Wall Street Journal first reported (and as I’ve independently confirmed through my own sources), the Trump transition team ordered CEA staffers to predict sustained economic growth of 3 to 3.5 percent. The staffers were then directed to backfill all the other numbers in their models to produce these growth rates.

Op-Ed

Textiles spun a new NC, but what will replace it?

Last fall Karen Hobson, the executive director of the Historic Salisbury Foundation, asked me to give a talk this winter in Salisbury about the history of the textile industry in the state and I quickly agreed. After so doing, she asked me for a title for the talk to use for promotional purposes. I suggested “Spinning History: The Rise and Fall of the North Carolina Textiles Industry.” That seemed about right, given that fact that textiles are now pretty much gone in the state.

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Gorsuch hearings will be ‘political donnybrook’

The venerable saying that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue has special resonance these days in the politicized consideration of judicial appointments. Advocacy and argument routinely come dressed in such words as “in the mainstream,” “originalism” and “judicial restraint.” Much will be heard of all this as the Senate weighs the nomination of judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

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A judge sees today’s divides in a split that began in the turbulent 1960s

In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

Op-Ed

North Carolina cannot afford to lose the ACA

In North Carolina, 499,178 residents receive their coverage with the help of ACA subsidies. Many families also receive support to cover cost-sharing, such as co-payments. The loss of this combined support will cost each recipient an average of $6,943 in 2019.

Op-Ed

Trump’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ is going haywire

President Trump’s administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: serious questions about his campaign’s contacts with official and unofficial representatives of the Russian government, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe made concerted efforts to help Trump win the election; and appalling levels of dysfunction in the White House that make self-inflicted wounds the rule rather than the exception.

Op-Ed

FBI Director Comey's actions look worse and worse

James Comey believed that the entire country needed to know that a presidential candidate might be connected to information on a laptop that she didn’t own, but the vice president did not need to be told that a presidential adviser was lying about his relationship with a foreign government.

Videos

Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab

NBC Late-night television host Seth Meyers pokes fun at the recent power grab and resulting protests at the North Carolina General Assembly.
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Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab 8:01

Seth Meyers takes some shots at NC political power grab

Climate Stories NC - Willy Phillips 3:04

Climate Stories NC - Willy Phillips

Opinion: North Carolina Industrial Swine Rally 1:57

Opinion: North Carolina Industrial Swine Rally

Point of View: Donna Kay Smith on the loss of Dix Hospital 2:39

Point of View: Donna Kay Smith on the loss of Dix Hospital