Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins

Birth of the Cappuccino Party

What Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and Bernie and various music and movie stars couldn’t do – to awaken the progressives among Democrats, Independents, young people and Republicans (yes, we know at least three Republican progressives, but they don’t talk about it) – has now been accomplished by an unlikely champion.

Jim Jenkins

Obama never feared challenges

Many thought they’d never see it in their lifetimes. But on that night in Chicago, a little more than eight years ago, there stood an African-American man who had just been elected president of the United States. People in that audience were weeping, and so were millions of Americans at home, amazed and stunned and thrilled and hopeful. President George W. Bush, who had been pretty strongly attacked by Democrat Barack Obama as a candidate, would on that night and thereafter show the class and grace that presidents are supposed to show one another — and he noted more than once the profound historic significance of Obama’s victory.

Jim Jenkins

On the front lines at Christmas

Now my Grandfather, a conservative Baptist minister in the North Carolina foothills, knew and liked to tell the story of the Salvation Army: Preacher William Booth and his wife, Catherine, started soul saving in England, a street preacher outside the more formal methods of traditional churches, taking The Word to the people and all. But he was a man with a gift of powerful tonsils and a righteous spirit, yes he was.

Jim Jenkins

Trump needs to quit as Tweeter-in-Chief

I know it’s hard to give orders to a billionaire, or even someone who’s close (or maybe not close) to being a billionaire, but Trump’s people need to get him a facsimile cell phone to play with and hide the real one in some couch cushions in FBI headquarters at Trump Tower.

Jim Jenkins

Where did the FDR Democrats go?

My late grandmother was one of the most generous, compassionate people who ever drew breath. She lived up in the foothills of North Carolina, in Rutherford and Cleveland County. God’s Country, we called it. And still do. In the depths of the Great Depression, she would see entire families walking down West Warren Street in Shelby and invite them in for dinner.

Jim Jenkins

Lessons from a friend’s hard but noble life

Amid the tumult of a presidential election year, the assaults on our senses and our patience are unceasing, coming from all sides, really, and from people who presume to want to inspire us and to lead us. But their appeals are not to our better angels, instead to our fears and our prejudices and our darker instincts. It is frustrating; it’s even depressing sometimes.

Videos

FLOODING: Debris flows down Crabtree Creek behind Crabtree Valley Mall

VIDEO: Large chunks of wood flow in the rain-swollen waters of Crabtree Creek behind the Crabtree Valley Mall on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
FLOODING: Debris flows down Crabtree Creek behind Crabtree Valley Mall 0:32

FLOODING: Debris flows down Crabtree Creek behind Crabtree Valley Mall

FLOODING: Car dealership on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh 0:24

FLOODING: Car dealership on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh

FLOODING: Six Forks Road near Wake Forest Road in Raleigh 0:29

FLOODING: Six Forks Road near Wake Forest Road in Raleigh

Heavy rain floods cars and threatens homes on Dacian Road in Raleigh 0:51

Heavy rain floods cars and threatens homes on Dacian Road in Raleigh