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.
The Feb. 10 murders of three young people in Chapel Hill seemed another spasm of American gun violence. But soon there was a strong national, even global assertion that this view ignores the real cause.
Heidi Carter, Durham's school board chairman, pushes to improve the school system in the face of state policies and local choices that make it harder to break the link between poverty and low achievement.
The Rev. William Barber is leading protests against Republican extremists. They, in turn, say he is out of step with the will of the voters. Now the challenge for both will be to find North Carolina’s true center.
State leaders say their tax and spending cuts are spurring North Carolina's economy, but other numbers show weak job growth, a shrinking labor force and insufficient spending on the state's basic needs.