Youd think, reading news reports about people rushing out to buy assault rifles and stock up on ammo, that gun ownership is on the rise. But according to at least one survey, just the opposite is true. | 03/23/13 06:14:18 By - James Werrell
Next month, brace yourself for another round of grumbling about gender discrimination in the workplace. April 9 is Equal Pay Day, supposedly the magic point at which women finally make what men made in the previous year. | 03/22/13 06:09:18 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
In media mythology, the years from the mid-1960s to the mid-70s were the classical age, a heroic time of moral clarity.
Mainstream journalism marinated in adversarialism. Little Southern newspapers infuriated their own readers by staring down segregation. Foreign correspondents forced upon an unwilling public the realities of a brutal war. Network news ignored official disdain and showed the bottomless suffering the war inflicted on the innocents it was supposed to save. With the Pentagon Papers, newspapers defied secrecy rules to expose government lies. With Watergate, reporters forced out a corrupt president. | 03/21/13 06:02:22 By - Edward Wasserman
In 2011, a Kansas City union rep was explaining why Occupy Wall Street wasnt galvanizing more of his members. | 03/21/13 06:00:34 By - Steve Kraske
Someone left a SpongeBob SquarePants snow globe on Elizabeth Jacobsons grave. A fuzzy yellow Easter Bunny. A sand dollar adorned with the yellow SpongeBob character. | 03/20/13 06:03:12 By - Fred Grimm
Hey, Missouri citizen. When you woke up this morning and gulped your orange juice, did you obsess about United Nations resolution Agenda 21? | 03/20/13 06:01:26 By - Barbara Shelly
A decade ago, the media screwed up, and screwed up royally.
We got the Iraq war wrong.
Big time. | 03/19/13 06:04:30 By - Issac J. Bailey
The conundrum of capitalism is finally easing its tight hold on the economy.
The first part of the conundrum is the primal drive of most consumers to spend as little as possible on goods and services. | 03/19/13 06:05:45 By - Keith Chrostowski
Today's front page contains the faces of Columbus-area soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq. Many of these are official Army photos, with the green-clad soldier standing at attention in front of the American flag. | 03/18/13 13:44:09 By - Dimon Kendrick-Holmes
Pumped up on conservative steroids, many Republican legislators in Kansas and Missouri want to send a message to Washington, D.C.
It goes something like this: You cant tell us what to do. | 03/18/13 06:05:09 By - Yael T. Abouhalkah
The name Patrice Lumumba doesn't mean anything to most Americans today, and certainly not to most people in my home state of Texas. | 03/18/13 06:03:42 By - Bob Ray Sanders
I spent time with a group of readers the past couple of weeks, talking mostly about faith. | 03/17/13 03:13:07 By - Issac J. Bailey
Gee, what could possibly go wrong with this?
At the same time the FCC is requesting that airlines ease up on restricting the use of cell phones, the TSA is fixing to relax rules so we can carry knives onto planes. | 03/17/13 06:04:23 By - Barry Saunders
Nearly a year ago, President Obama came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he campaigned for re-election by reaching out to young people saddled by crushing student debt and facing a jump in interest rates on their federal loans. | 03/16/13 06:00:22 By - Ned Barnett
Drone phobia is upon us. | 03/16/13 06:05:24 By - Bud Kennedy
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has long been vaunted as the preeminent military power in the Middle East. But Israel lost the eight-day war last November in the Gaza Strip, both Israelis and the Gaza Palestinians believe. | 03/15/13 13:46:56 By - Ben Barber
One might think that a political party and a religious organization would not have that much in common. But the Republican Party, in the wake of its failure to retake the White House, and the Catholic Church, in the aftermath of a series of scandals, actually have a lot in common. Here are at least six similarities: | 03/15/13 06:01:41 By - Dennis Jett
Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.
Or perhaps you dont. Sadly enough, even in this day and age, not everyone is comic-book literate. | 03/15/13 06:00:09 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Second terms have a habit of being unkind to presidents and one wonders whether the pattern will apply to Barack Obama, whose treatment by the press has been unusually respectful, to put it mildly. | 03/15/13 06:04:33 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
One of the biggest questions about Pope Francis is whether he will be a politically activist pontiff who much as he has done in Argentina will be a thorn in the side of leftist-populist governments throughout Latin America. Some say he will. | 03/14/13 07:43:02 By - Andres Oppenheimer
The Argentine-British dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas islands is once again heating up, and the latest events point at a new diplomatic setback for Argentinas legitimate claims over the South Atlantic islands. | 03/14/13 06:07:33 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Yet another member of the Bush family has demonstrated an uncanny ability to flinch on immigration.
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, has long advocated a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, roughly in line with current thinking of a bipartisan group in Congress. Yet in a new book he has written with Clint Bolick, Immigration Wars, Bush has flip-flopped on the question of the path to citizenship. | 03/14/13 06:04:07 By - Mary Sanchez
When I was born my mother named me Merlene, a compilation of her middle name, Merle, and an ending that must have sounded good at the time. | 03/13/13 06:06:11 By - Merlene Davis
Ever since failing to make Obama a one-term president, Mitt Romney has been trying to figure out why he doesn't occupy the White House. In a recent interview (naturally with Fox News), he blamed his loss in part on his failure to connect with minorities and his remark that 47 percent of Americans think they are entitled to a government that does something for them. He said he regretted the comment, but indicated his only error was a poor choice of words and not the sentiment behind them. Politicians say they misspoke whenever they inadvertently reveal what they really think. | 03/13/13 06:03:27 By - Dennis Jett
Paul Chan is hopeful that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will improve the treatment of people who lack health insurance. That would come as welcome relief if his research is any indication of whats happening to the uninsured right now. | 03/12/13 06:09:29 By - Alan Bavley
Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire may still get asked to serve in President Obamas administration.
But if the call doesnt come, she has no one to blame but herself. | 03/11/13 06:05:54 By - Peter Callaghan
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is quoted as saying that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. I make no claims to being a genius, but Im not sure Edison took into account some of the other things that influence the creative process. | 03/11/13 06:06:34 By - James Werrell
For those of us who survived the invasion of 85, forgetting is not so easy. | 03/10/13 06:07:04 By - Fred Grimm
President Barack Obama finally has a chance to live up to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and he can do it next year in Kansas City. | 03/10/13 06:10:02 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
Surely by now Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia knows that his Feb. 27 comments from the bench about a voting rights case were at best insensitive. | 03/09/13 06:08:26 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Her hair is snowy white. She leans heavily on a cane and calls herself "just an unemployed cowgirl." But this self-deprecating ex-cowgirl is retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court, and she remains passionate about the nation she served. | 03/09/13 06:17:10 By - Ginger Rutland
At first blush, I might have guessed that a group calling itself the American Suntanning Association was a group promoting nudism. Much to my disappointment, I learned its an organization representing 14,000 tanning salon owners. | 03/09/13 06:11:46 By - Terry Plumb
Debi Austin spoke loudest after surgeons removed her cancerous vocal cords. | 03/08/13 06:09:16 By - Dan Morain
Its hard to stay angry, especially when youre really not. That effort is beginning to drain the long harrumph that has been the Republican Party for the past four years. | 03/08/13 06:02:19 By - Ned Barnett
In the contest among certain states to see which can do the most embarrassing political face plant, Georgia continues to be among the leaders. The Peach State's latest sweepstakes entry (well, maybe not the latest -- let's not discount the possibility that something even stupider has emerged) is
a nullification bill. | 03/07/13 06:02:37 By - Dusty Nix
In 1881, Kansas put into play the first statewide constitutional prohibition of alcohol. | 03/07/13 06:14:12 By - Mary Sanchez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávezs death will most likely mark the beginning of the end of Venezuelas political clout in Latin America, but his influence inside Venezuela is likely to last for many decades. | 03/06/13 11:28:55 By - Andres Oppenheimer
The metaphor became a clever laugh line even before John Kerry took the reins of the State Department from Hillary Clinton. Kerry spoke respectfully of his predecessor, saying he had big heels to fill. Richard Haass, head of the Council of Foreign Relations, expressed his admiration for Hillary by joking that Kerry would have to fill very large Manolo Blahniks. | 03/06/13 06:09:56 By - Frida Ghitis
No matter how bad the problem, a former colleague of mine used to always preface discussions by saying that it represented an "opportunity." The Sequester's cuts will hit the Department of Defense (DOD) especially hard. But rather than focus on the cuts, I suggest we see this as an opportunity to assess and better align America's national security interests and capabilities. | 03/05/13 06:10:12 By - Scott Sigmund Gartner
The new chief executive of Yahoo spoke, and a nation of telecommuters howled back.
Actually, it was Yahoos human resources director, Jackie Reses, who issued the controversial memo, marked proprietary and confidential do not forward. | 03/05/13 06:10:09 By - Barbara Shelly
The Dept. of Awkward Questions has been working overtime recently.
Please try to keep up. | 03/04/13 06:03:14 By - Keith Chrostowski
The wake-up call Republicans received last Election Day has the party and some of its more popular and strident leaders engaged in an "extreme makeover." | 03/03/13 06:25:54 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Brazil, South Americas biggest country, may become a global economic super-star in the future, but it will have to stop being an inward-looking giant. | 03/03/13 06:00:17 By - Andres Oppenheimer
If this column appeared under the headline, Massive defeat for the anti-science forces, you would naturally assume Im talking about some kind of setback for conservative Republicans, right? And you would be completely wrong. | 03/02/13 06:03:56 By - Glenn Garvin
Theres a little-known fact about guns in America, and its one that the firearms industry and its political allies dont like to dwell on: The rate of gun ownership in America is declining. | 03/01/13 06:05:29 By - Mary Sanchez
Media throughout the country carried news recently that a half-dozen email accounts belonging to ex-President George W. Bush and several of his friends and relatives had been hacked. The words and images that were pilfered werent all that interesting, so all in all it wasnt a huge story. | 02/28/13 06:01:02 By - Edward Wasserman
The Wizard of Second Amendment Fear was back at it Saturday, cranking up conspiracies.
Expanded background checks for gun purchases are a government plot to grab guns, claimed the National Rifle Associations Wayne LaPierre. | 02/28/13 06:08:59 By - Mary Sanchez
People wore their hoodies Tuesday to remember Trayvon Martin on the first anniversary of his appalling shooting death at the hands of a neighborhood watchman, who pursued the black youth on the suspicion that he didnt look like he belonged in his gated townhouse community. | 02/27/13 11:42:56 By - Fabiola Santiago
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground. - Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
So now, Jonah has received a lesson in How Things Are. He is 19 months old. | 02/27/13 06:07:04 By -
I remember interviewing a white man who refused to shake my black hand. | 02/27/13 06:05:28 By - Issac J. Bailey
Im here because my mother, Elizabeth Bailey McDaniel, refused to die. | 02/26/13 13:51:22 By - Issac J. Bailey
There was nothing unusual about a representative of the Boy Scouts of America's national office being invited to speak Friday night at a Fort Worth banquet to raise money for three enduring inner-city troops and honor four longtime Scout leaders. | 02/26/13 06:03:02 By - Bob Ray Sanders
What was your favorite subject in school? If many of us were honest, the answer would be recess. | 02/26/13 06:08:20 By - James Werrell
According to Slate magazine, there have been nearly 2,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. since 20 children and seven adults were massacred in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. | 02/25/13 06:00:15 By - Marcos Breton
The power of hate crimes to terrorize is relatively simple: They are criminal acts that send a message far beyond the initial victim. | 02/25/13 06:03:55 By - Mary Sanchez
Few people have more reason to be bitter about Americas political polarization than Dick Lugar he was fired because of it. | 02/24/13 06:08:45 By - Taylor Batten
Compared with our counterparts in the developed world, the United States is a wealthy nation of dummies and dropouts. A few years ago, American 15-year-olds were ranked 17th in science and an unimpressive 25th in math when compared with their peers in other countries. | 02/23/13 06:01:03 By - Mary Sanchez
Florida Gov. Rick Scott did an abrupt about-face on Wednesday and said he has learned to love the foundation on which Obamacare was built, the expansion of Medicaid. He called it common sense. | 02/22/13 14:31:37 By - Mike Norman
President Barack Obama received a vigorous ovation when he declared during his State of the Union address last week that the parents of Hadiya Pendleton deserved a vote on bills before Congress that would stem gun violence. | 02/22/13 06:03:59 By - Terry Plumb
Giovanni Peri, an Italian-born economist at UC Davis, is quickly becoming one of the most important voices in America's immigration debate. | 02/22/13 06:05:46 By - Marcos Breton
Hes found a Hurley tank top on the rack. Its striped yellow, orange, black, red and blue.
The teen holds it up to his mom. | 02/21/13 06:08:08 By - Jenee' Osterheldt
Hero, my butt.
All right, that was not exactly my response to the gentleman who called and suggested a column in defense of California cop-killer Christopher Dorner. It is, though, the only translation that my editor would allow in the newspaper. | 02/20/13 06:03:15 By - Barry Saunders
The Wal-Mart mom does it all. She raises kids, works a job or two, runs Girl Scout troops, cares for elderly relatives and walks the family dog. Without her regardless of where she shops entire households, schools and neighborhoods would go to pieces. | 02/19/13 06:05:45 By - Barbara Shelly
Its official: Marco Rubio is a national punch line.
After the Florida senators weird decision to interrupt his Tuesday rebuttal of the presidents State of the Union speech by taking a swig from a bottle of water, he was quickly mocked on The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Tonight Show with Jay Leno
and the Late Show with David Letterman
. | 02/19/13 06:04:40 By - Marc Caputo
No one for Black History Month should view kindly the economic degradation that African-Americans still face. | 02/18/13 13:12:54 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
There are those who resist immigration and those who embrace it, and finding consensus between those two groups is likely to be the key challenge in reforming our national immigration policy. | 02/18/13 06:07:09 By - James Werrell
Black History Month is a fine time to talk about First Lady Michelle Obamas big butt and the death of Strom Thurmonds black love child. | 02/18/13 06:06:35 By - Issac J. Bailey
The tea party may be a shrinking, aging slice of the electorate. But you'd never know that from Sal Russo's operation. | 02/17/13 06:14:26 By - Dan Morain
Your Orkin man will never tell you this. Of course, youll probably never ask him this, either. Despite the loathing we feel for them upon sight, roaches arent all bad. The little six-legged critters serve an important ecological purpose. | 02/17/13 06:08:26 By - Barry Saunders
The building was designed specifically as a stage for our "heroes" to play football, soccer or basketball, but not until Monday afternoon did Cowboys Stadium honor a person truly worthy of that description. | 02/16/13 06:03:15 By - Mac Engel
The story of Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the daughter of once avowed segregationist U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond by the black maid who worked for the family, is more curiosity than revelation to most whove paid attention to Americas history. Hypocrisy was a constant companion of race relations in this country during Thurmonds lifetime hypocrisy that Thurmond embraced through anti-black words and actions in much of his public life. | 02/16/13 06:08:34 By - Fannie Flono
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the Violence Against Women Act with bipartisan support. If passed by the House of Representatives, this will be the third renewal of the act that was originally passed in 1994 aimed at preventing and alleviating domestic violence. | 02/15/13 06:05:35 By - Merlene Davis
The spectacle of TV personality Geraldo Rivera using his soapbox with Fox News to test-market a possible run for the U.S. Senate has, not surprisingly, caused some real journalists to cough up hairballs. | 02/15/13 06:04:17 By - Edward Wasserman
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the Republicans big Hispanic hope for 2016, is a smart politician who might still make it to his partys presidential ticket, but he blew it big time during his nationally-broadcast State of the Union rebuttal speech on Tuesday. | 02/14/13 12:40:08 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Mali, at the crossroads of Arab North Africa and black West Africa, tends to be one of too many places in the world where we Americans remain blissfully ignorant until a military or other emergency. | 02/14/13 06:06:56 By - Pia Lopez
An Alabama high school football coach took time out in his fifth-hour psychology class last month to voice his opinions about First Lady Michelle Obama's body. | 02/13/13 06:01:28 By - Merlene Davis
You hear a lot from analysts that the economy is finally turning a corner. The strengthening of the house market does give a sound reason for saying so. | 02/12/13 06:00:19 By - Keith Chrostowski
My father-in-law used to love Chinese New Year, which is being marked today by 1.5 billion people from Sacramento to Shanghai. | 02/11/13 11:03:07 By - Marcos Breton
Which of the following 10 statements is false? | 02/11/13 06:18:28 By - Issac J. Bailey
Many summers when I was young, I spent a week or longer at a camp in Floridas Ocala National Forest. During one evening assembly, a cabin mate named Wayne loudly proclaimed: Im gonna take my pig and secede. | 02/11/13 06:06:37 By - Terry Plumb
Guns dont kill people: nipples do.
Say what? | 02/10/13 06:00:41 By - Barry Saunders
Billions of dollars worth of U.S. development projects in Afghanistan from roads to clinics to police stations may fail to serve any useful purpose, because U.S. troops have been rapidly withdrawn from many areas leaving insecurity, corruption and violence, a senior U.S. official said in Washington. | 02/09/13 06:07:58 By - Ben Barber
Only two conclusions can be drawn from the bellicose statement issued late in January by North Korea. | 02/09/13 06:05:47 By - C.W. Gusewelle
All the talk about changing North Carolinas tax code can make your head swim. Politicians and think tanks have diverse opinions about what to do. They are, naturally, influenced by their ideology, and in some cases one groups facts are in direct contradiction of anothers. I wanted to get beyond that circle. | 02/09/13 06:16:19 By - Taylor Batten
Considering the difficulties facing any immigration-reform proposal, last weeks opening moves were encouraging. | 02/08/13 06:05:32 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Mr. President, why did you do it? What where you trying to prove? And to whom? | 02/07/13 06:07:14 By - Bob Ray Sanders
President Barack Obamas immigration plan calling for a huge increase in visas for foreign science and engineering graduates will pose a huge challenge for China, India and Latin America: they will either have to do something to retain their best talents, or they will face the biggest brain drain in recent history. | 02/07/13 06:04:08 By - Andres Oppenheimer
A heart-wrenching reminder of a feasible way to reduce gun violence splashed in local headlines last week.
You might have missed it because it wasnt heavily emphasized. | 02/07/13 06:05:10 By - Mary Sanchez
Thanks to noted African-American scholar Carter G. Woodson, the nation celebrates Black History Month in February as a tribute to the birthdays this month of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. | 02/06/13 06:09:11 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
With Valentines Day approaching, I thought Id give the GOP a little friendly advice on avoiding the missteps of courtship. | 02/05/13 06:07:40 By - Mary Sanchez
As President Barack Obama gave the most important speech on immigration reform in years last Tuesday, it became clear that his greatest foe is not the Republican Party on this terribly divisive issue.
It's misinformation. | 02/04/13 06:04:08 By - Marcos Breton
I get it: The national debt of the United States is different from the debt used by the likes of you and me. | 02/04/13 06:02:40 By - Keith Chrostowski
The movie Django Unchained, the 2012 American epic western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, has received a lot of criticism. | 02/03/13 06:04:15 By - Merlene Davis
President Obamas inaugural speech struck the notes expected on such occasions. He evoked our founding documents. He used words like timeless and enduring, and as with most Obama speeches, it was a fine performance. Yet after four years you know this president doesnt always mean what he says. | 02/03/13 06:05:33 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
The ugly duckling of Capitol Hill immigration reform has turned into a swan. | 02/02/13 06:18:53 By - Fabiola Santiago
Americans will never surrender their lust for guns.
For a lot of people, one is never enough and bigger is always better. That includes magazines that hold more rounds. The 22-caliber, bolt action rifle that I learned to shoot at age 11 as a Boy Scout is insufficient. | 02/02/13 06:08:23 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
The long political career of Saxby Chambliss has been something I've observed with reactions that could almost be called bipolar. There's rarely been any in-between: Most of the things he's done or said have struck me as either very, very good or very, very bad. | 02/01/13 06:09:10 By - Dusty Nix
Just because it comes across as homophobic, racist and reactionary, I told one caller last week, is not reason enough to fish-wrap the alleged comic strip "Mallard Fillmore." | 01/31/13 06:08:13 By - Barry Saunders
Even while some media organizations roll out new online subscription plans, the Internet continues its steady drift toward a business model built overwhelmingly on money not from readers, but from advertisers. Its advertising thats emerging as the revenue source that everybody, from Facebook and Google to newspaper websites and gadfly bloggers, wants a piece of. | 01/30/13 06:02:10 By - Edward Wasserman
Last summer, Eleventh Circuit Judge J. L. Edmondson assumed senior status after a quarter-century of valuable service. His decision leaves the bench with 17 vacancies in the 179 appeals court judgeships and the Eleventh Circuit with two in twelve. | 01/29/13 12:08:28 By - Carl Tobias
You are missing the point.
Or at least, you are if youre one of the bazillion people following the Manti Teo story, dutifully trying to determine whether the Notre Dame football star was the victim or the perpetrator of a bizarre hoax. Granted, the story is irresistible as one of those 15-minutes-of-fame-kitten- stuck-in-the-well fables without which people who gather around the water cooler wouldnt have anything to talk about. | 01/29/13 06:05:35 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Clicking through the TV channels one Sunday during the holidays, I stumbled by pure luck onto a magnificent History Channel documentary titled World War II From Space. | 01/28/13 06:03:21 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Title this a tale of two gun shows. | 01/28/13 06:07:39 By - Fabiola Santiago
The callousness, the sheer idiocy, of some organizations never ceases to amaze me.
A month after the slaughter of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the National Rifle Association has released a new game that lets children fire virtual guns at clay ducks or coffin-shaped targets with bulls eyes at chest and head levels. The guns of choice include assault and sniper rifles. | 01/27/13 06:04:16 By - Ana Veciana-Suarez
Sen. Lindsey Graham believes the best way to confront a homicidal maniac who enters a school is for them to be met by armed resistance from a trained professional. | 01/27/13 06:15:04 By - Issac J. Bailey
The Miami gun-show line stretched 200 people long. Many blamed President Barack Obama. | 01/26/13 06:08:17 By - Marc Caputo
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year was the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. As The New York Times put it in a recent headline, it was not even close. | 01/26/13 06:06:22 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
A faint promise of hope and change filtered through the Washington chatter in the days preceding President Barack Obamas swearing in for a second term. | 01/25/13 06:01:44 By - Mary Sanchez
When I was a child, many white Americans, and most of them in the South, considered Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists to be radicals and trouble-makers. Some even called them "communists." | 01/25/13 06:05:17 By - Tom Eblen
On a cold night at the northeast end of Stockton, a California Department of Justice agent wearing a bulletproof vest beneath his black uniform knocked on the door of a small tract home. A 65-year-old man living alone peeked out. | 01/24/13 06:03:45 By - Dan Morain
When Texas sheriffs say they won't enforce "unconstitutional" gun laws, it means only one thing.
They think voters are dumb enough to believe them. | 01/24/13 06:01:50 By - Bud Kennedy
Across the vast Sahara Desert in Northern Mali, as well as in the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, Mauretania and Algeria, millions of people are cheering openly or in secret at the French aircraft smashing down Islamists since Jan 11. | 01/22/13 14:33:28 By - Ben Barber
The United States prides itself on having a market economy. But does that philosophy really have to extend to the selling of government jobs as well? | 01/22/13 06:02:24 By - Dennis Jett
Theres never a shortage of oversimplifications and stretched analogies this time of year, Martin Luther King Jr.s birthday. | 01/21/13 06:05:35 By - Mary Sanchez
When Martin Luther King Jr. made his most famous speech during the Great March on Washington in 1963, Barack Hussein Obama was 2 years and 24 days old. | 01/21/13 06:04:00 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Sometimes the simplest solutions work best.
With the nation still exhausted from several breathless weeks on the brink of the fiscal cliff, the new year began with another crisis in Washington. This time its the debt ceiling | 01/21/13 06:01:02 By - Terry Plumb
Does torture work?
It is a Bush-era debate that has found Obama-era relevance because of a new movie, Zero Dark Thirty, in which torture seems to work quite well. | 01/20/13 06:03:07 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
This is going to shock you. Youd better sit down.
On second thought, dont. It might kill you. | 01/20/13 06:09:51 By - James Werrell
King Day weekends mean parades, or speeches, or TV specials.
We forget what they really mean. | 01/19/13 06:03:42 By - Bud Kennedy
Most Americans, even those who pay little attention to politics and Washingtons squabbling, understand that the government has a huge debt and deficit problem. The phrase trillion-dollar deficits is a leitmotif of the Obama years. | 01/19/13 06:02:35 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
I just marked one of those birthdays where the odometer flips over two digits, the kind of milestone that reminds you nature is relentlessly serious about that ashes-to-ashes thing. | 01/19/13 06:01:29 By - Mark Washburn
The Senate must immediately vote on U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz, the experienced nominee for the Third Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated the highly qualified jurist fifteen months ago with the enthusiastic support of New Jersey GOP Governor Chris Christie. Because the opening that Shwartz would fill can delay appellate resolution and has been empty since June 2011, New Jersey Democratic Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, who robustly support Shwartz, must encourage the chamber to rapidly vote on her. | 01/18/13 13:24:51 By - Carl Tobias
Heres a better idea for arming the nations teachers.
Lets do it with knowledge, support and resources about the mental health of children. | 01/18/13 06:01:02 By - Mary Sanchez
An otherwise intelligent friend of mine launched a recent Facebook rant against weapons that automatically feed bullets and can fire 100 rounds per second. I just dont get why the Average Joe needs one. Can you explain it to me? I couldnt, I admitted. But I could explain that there is no hand-held gun in the world that fires that fast. | 01/18/13 06:05:10 By - Glenn Garvin
Two weeks ago on a cross-country flight I checked three bags, and when I unpacked I found three printed memos from the Transportation Security Administration indicating that theyd each been searched. | 01/17/13 06:01:52 By - Edward Wasserman
A dozen years into the new century, we still hadnt settled on what to call the 2000s.
The oughts? | 01/17/13 06:15:26 By - Keith Chrostowski
This month at a picnic shelter at Umstead State Park in Raleigh, they plan to gather and trade notes about preparing for a disaster.
These are not FEMA or EMS folks. FEMA and local government services will be useless when this trouble comes. This will be big: a collapse of the government, nationwide riots, famine, plagues, nuclear war. People will be on their own. | 01/15/13 06:11:02 By - Ned Barnett
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday plans to submit his recommendations to President Barack Obama on new gun control proposals.
But dont expect the National Rifle Associations buy-in. Bidens plan includes limits on high-capacity magazines, improved background checks on gun buyers and promotion of gun safety. | 01/15/13 06:03:52 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
Would you like to make some extra money, and at the same time run the risk of being eaten by a carnivorous reptile the size of a war canoe? | 01/14/13 06:52:40 By - Dave Barry
Dear Mr. Obama,
I am 12 years old and in seventh grade. | 01/14/13 06:01:09 By - Joe Tarica
Pop quiz: Whos the bigger tax cutter, Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan?
Answer: Obama. The fiscal cliff agreement, signed early this year, cuts expected federal income tax revenue by about $1.8 trillion over the next five years, while the famous supply-side Reagan tax cuts in 1981 cost the government about $1.5 trillion, in inflation-adjusted cash, over their first five years. | 01/14/13 06:03:22 By - Dave Helling
Thursday, Mae Suramek grabbed a cup of coffee at Berea Coffee & Tea and left an extra $4 to pay for the next customer's order.
It was another of her random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 adults and children gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. | 01/13/13 06:03:42 By - Merlene Davis
Two weeks ago the subject of this column was how soon America consigned mass shootings to historys dustbin, a factor in the gun lobbys ability to stifle debate over sensible rules on gun ownership. | 01/13/13 06:03:31 By - Terry Plumb
If were serious about sending forth an army of gun-toting, beer-drinking, redneck snake-hunters to wade into the Everglades and eradicate the python hordes, were going to need more than a couple of piddling cash prizes. | 01/12/13 06:15:54 By - Fred Grimm
French movie star Gerard Depardieu made the wrong choice by seeking Belgian and Russian citizenship to avoid paying higher taxes in France. He should have moved to Mexico. | 01/12/13 06:08:16 By - Andres Oppenheimer
A former Republican senator who served his country well is nominated by the president for secretary of defense, a post for which he is eminently qualified. | 01/11/13 06:04:29 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Two unrelated items popped up on the laptop screen last week. No, that's wrong. They're not unrelated at all. | 01/11/13 06:10:04 By - Dusty Nix
One of the frustrations for a newspaper opinion columnist is the inability to know, with any certainty, whether commentary on a controversial issue has found its intended mark. | 01/11/13 06:00:20 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Exposed. That, in a word, is how you feel when someone broadcasts your home address without your knowledge, against your wishes. Your correspondent speaks from experience. Six years ago when white supremacists published my home address and phone number on their web sites, the first thing I felt was vulnerable. | 01/10/13 06:03:10 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.
Dinner-table conversation is a favored pastime at our house. | 01/10/13 06:10:04 By - Mike Norman
Seldom has a single vote in Congress appeared as cold-blooded and hard-headed as one cast by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., last week. | 01/09/13 13:32:51 By -
Dick Armey says buying $1 million in ads from Glenn Beck was a waste of campaign money.
Heck, I could have told him that. | 01/09/13 06:02:43 By - Bud Kennedy
The war on marijuana is going up in smoke, and its about time. There is no bigger waste of money and resources in all law enforcement. | 01/09/13 06:09:57 By - Carl Hiaasen
I never make New Years resolutions. Why set myself up for failure when there are so many naturally occurring opportunities to fail throughout the year? | 01/08/13 06:03:35 By - James Werrell
After nine years of legal wrangling, the relationship between American commerce and cats cats of the six-toed variety has been decided. | 01/07/13 06:02:55 By - Fred Grimm
If only the people intent on dissecting Hillary Clinton's blood clot would channel that energy in more productive ways. | 01/07/13 03:41:12 By - Linda P. Campbell
There was something reassuring about the wave of public sorrow over the Newtown massacre. After Tucson, after Aurora, after the mass shootings in a dozen other places that you or I couldnt name events that were shrugged off within days I was no longer convinced of the publics capacity to respond to such horror in the right way: with outrage, with regret, with something close to determination. | 01/06/13 06:06:20 By - Edward Wasserman
Here's a sad fact as we near the end of 2012: The editorial director of an influential California news organization, one that says it is dedicated to producing "stories that hold those in power accountable," believes there should be fewer voices dedicated to that cause. | 01/06/13 06:07:59 By - Stuart Leavenworth
What can you say about a year in which the crowning achievement was that the world didn't end? But you can hardly make fun of the Mayans for getting it wrong so long ago. It made even less sense close up. | 01/05/13 06:02:15 By - Glenn Garvin
At a speaking engagement for a large civic group a few years ago, I was introduced by someone using information he had gotten from a colleague. | 01/05/13 06:09:29 By - Bob Ray Sanders
To mark the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, we found Father Time on his way out the door to wherever guys like him go and engaged him in his last interview. | 01/04/13 06:07:09 By - Peter Callaghan
One of the major points of contentions in the aftermath of the housing debacle was whether the Community Reinvestment Act an anti-redlining law contributed to the disaster. | 01/04/13 06:02:35 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Two months before Adam Lanza used one of his company's guns to massacre 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, George Kollitides talked about threats he perceived to his children. | 01/03/13 06:04:03 By - Dan Morain
One of my more foolhardy endeavors at the beginning of each year is to make some predictions of what is likely to happen during the upcoming year in North Carolina government and politics.
If nothing else, the exercise teaches one to be humble. | 01/03/13 06:05:38 By - Rob Christensen
Seeing "Chasing Ice," a new movie that chronicles the rapid disappearance of the world's glaciers as man-made climate change proceeds, I was reminded of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." | 01/02/13 06:02:26 By - Pia Lopez
Guns dont kill people, teachers do.
At least thats the intent of a bill introduced by state Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, that would give South Carolina teachers and other public school employees the right to carry guns on school grounds as long as they have concealed weapons permits. Lowe says the bill would be one way to protect kids if a school comes under attack. | 01/01/13 08:03:24 By - James Werrell
Lock Rush Limbaugh in a closet.
Shut the door and keep it sealed until hes deceased. | 01/01/13 08:06:00 By - Mary Sanchez
It was a cruel, cruel year a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. | 12/31/12 06:57:18 By - Dave Barry
As a kid, I took piano lessons. It was fulfilling. Even as a teenager, I didnt begrudge the practice time. I even enjoyed scales.
I went off to college and there was no piano, although I could have found one if I had tried. But I was busy with school. I told myself Id return to the piano someday. | 12/31/12 06:07:46 By - Barbara Shelly
My compilation of quotes saved up over the year runneth over. | 12/31/12 06:08:17 By - Keith Chrostowski
The last thing a pair of high school football coaches, a fifth-grade math teacher and a sixth-grade principal ever thought they would have to consider is adding a gun permit to their skill set. | 12/30/12 06:02:14 By - Mac Engel
Death stalks our diplomats, our aid workers, our businessmen and our Peace Corps volunteers. And unless we figure out how to live with this threat, we will find ourselves increasingly pushed into a corner and separated from the people of the world with whom we share this planet and all its wonders and troubles. | 12/30/12 06:04:55 By - Ben Barber
Most media lists of the most important events of 2012 are led by headlines such as the reelection of President Barack Obama, the appointment of Chinas new leader Xi Jinping, the revolt in Syria, the return to power of Mexicos ruling PRI party and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávezs battle with cancer. | 12/30/12 06:06:21 By - Andres Oppenheimer
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle assumes senior status after 14 years of dedicated service. That means the judiciary has 78 openings in 856 judgeships, the Fifth Circuit has two in 17 and the Texas District Courts has five in 41. | 12/29/12 06:05:03 By - Carl Tobias
Guns don't kill people; mentally disturbed people with easy access to guns kill people. The problem is simple and obvious. The solutions are anything but that. | 12/29/12 06:05:57 By - Tom Eblen
Happy birthday, Jesus!
For a country that persecutes Christians, China sure profits from Christmas. | 12/29/12 06:04:03 By - Marc Caputo
It could have been a scene out of some comic opera the wire service photo of North Koreas pudgy boy dictator, strutting ceremoniously, followed by a half-dozen uniformed military officers, all applauding him in unison as they walked. | 12/29/12 06:19:58 By - C.W. Gusewelle
The Issue: The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., elicited an outpouring of political responses, notably calls for stronger gun control. On Sunday, President Barack Obama said any solution would be hard. "We're not doing enough, and we will have to change," he told victims' families. "We can't tolerate this anymore." | 12/28/12 06:01:30 By - Ben Boychuk and Pia Lopez
The recent slaughter of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., immediately spurred responses that were both predictable and contradictory.
Elected officials across America, including President Barack Obama, declared that the nation must pass stricter laws to keep guns, especially assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza. | 12/28/12 06:05:15 By - Terry Plumb
No more distractions. No more fake arguments that lead nowhere.
It's about the weapons the AR-15 assault rifles and variations of them that were meant for military use but are being used to kill civilians with frightening speed and ease. | 12/27/12 06:02:10 By - Marcos Breton
One of the merits of that challenged institution known as the print newspaper is its ability to sum up the mood of the day, which this week would have to be described as grim astonishment. | 12/27/12 06:04:26 By - Barbara Shelly
Millions of words have already been written about the Sandy Hook massacre, and millions more are coming. Well argue about gun control, violent video games, poor mental health services, inadequate school security. | 12/24/12 06:02:23 By - Dave Helling
At this writing, the Christmas tree in our living room is standing.
That may not sound like news to some, but thats only because they werent around a week ago to see me holding up the 10-foot evergreen behemoth, yelling at my wife who was on the telephone calling a friend to come help. | 12/24/12 06:05:54 By - Terry Plumb
America lost one of its iconic brands last month when Hostess, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other staples of postwar Middle America, closed up shop. | 12/23/12 06:02:28 By - Mary Sanchez
Maybe the great rock stars of the 60s can find a way to avoid getting stuck in the nostalgia gig. I was thinking this while I stayed up way too late watching the 12-12-12 benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Producers obviously rigged the show to appeal to the people with money to donate to the cause: aging baby-boomers who will tune in any time to watch geriatric guitar heroes from the past. | 12/23/12 06:01:50 By - James Werrell
Here is the concealed-carry version of solving school violence: Reading, writing and target practice. | 12/22/12 06:02:17 By - Mary Sanchez
In honor of the end of 2012, here are updated lyrics to some of your favorite holiday (OK, Christmas) songs. | 12/22/12 06:07:49 By - Peter Callaghan
They need to change the subject. Turn the conversation away from questions about assault rifles and high-capacity magazines and 26 first-graders and teachers mutilated by high-velocity bullets on a cold Connecticut morning. | 12/22/12 06:23:25 By - Fred Grimm
I worked once at a union newspaper up North. It was a comfortable place, with good pay for the size of the paper. I knew that didnt happen by accident. | 12/22/12 06:09:19 By - Peter St. Onge
While it is impossible to eliminate heartbreaking attacks like that in Newtown; it is possible to make that level of violence less likely. At the same time, it is important to recognize that no single policy will fix the problem; rather, the achievement of even limited success will result from the cumulative effects of a range of policies. Policy responses should thus not only focus on eliminating guns, but rather, should also propose new ways to alter the relationships of guns, mental health and violence. | 12/21/12 06:05:19 By - Scott Sigmund Gartner
I'm not sure when I stopped believing in Santa Claus the individual, but it was well before I first admitted it to my parents -- for two reasons: | 12/21/12 04:28:59 By - Bob Ray Sanders
Oh, great. Another bit of gloomy news: Last week, the Federal Reserve issued a 2013 forecast more pessimistic than its previous one. More evidence were doomed, I suppose fated to fall from the fiscal cliff, and even if we dont collide with economic armageddon at the bottom, theres sure to be something really bad down there. | 12/21/12 06:03:39 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Lets hope the dude shoots better than he reads.
In a column written hours after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, I adopted along with many of you the same position as President Barack Obama: The immediate aftermath of the shooting was not the time to talk about regulating guns, he said. It was a time for us as a nation to mourn and rally together. | 12/20/12 06:03:58 By - Barry Saunders
We dont care that more than two dozen people mostly children aged 5 to 10 were gunned down in an elementary school in Connecticut. | 12/20/12 06:02:03 By - Issac J. Bailey
Florida will hit the 1 million-mark for concealed-weapon permit-holders in the coming days, a stat reported last week that received scant attention. | 12/20/12 06:15:50 By - Marc Caputo
We don't know why Adam Lanza decided to kill his mother Friday and then 20 first-graders and the six women who tried to protect them at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. | 12/19/12 06:03:51 By - Merlene Davis
There are no words for a tragedy this grim, this incomprehensible, one that strikes so close to home for every parent in America. | 12/19/12 06:05:56 By - Fabiola Santiago
The column originally scheduled to appear today in this space was withdrawn, at my request possibly to be published at a later date or simply discarded. | 12/19/12 06:08:30 By - C.W. Gusewelle
I'm tired of debating gun violence with people who cling to ideology as the bodies pile up. | 12/18/12 06:06:26 By - Marcos Breton
A babys first year how quickly the time passes.
Baby Camila is babbling, practicing the noises that will soon form her first words. Shes absorbing language as a bilingual listener. | 12/18/12 06:01:44 By - Mary Sanchez
I wrote editorials after the Virginia Tech shooting and the debate then revolved around mental health and security. How could colleges better identify troubled students? Should access to campus be limited? | 12/17/12 12:56:53 By - Barbara Shelly
There's this big buzz whether the new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden somehow justifies torture.
To me, this Washington and Hollywood hullabaloo is over-hyped and beside the point. | 12/17/12 06:08:43 By - Foon Rhee
Students step onto college campuses today less aware or concerned with the past. Its more pronounced than the usual grousing of old instructors about each new generation. | 12/17/12 06:05:07 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
It is the unspoken dread that must lurk in the imagination of nearly everyone who has traveled the underground rail system of one of the worlds great cities: the fear of stumbling or being shoved off the subway platform and falling into the zone of death. | 12/16/12 06:02:38 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Well, isnt this another fine mess? Weve gotten to the point that hard-liners on both sides are starting to say, Jump! let the fiscal cliff happen. You wonder what theyre thinking. | 12/16/12 06:07:05 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Cleaning out the files (and forgive me if some of this, thanks to my deteriorating memory, is recycled stuff that wasn't very good to begin with)
| 12/15/12 06:02:29 By - Dusty Nix
The daily drumbeat of depressing details about the deadlock in D.C. has created an unexplainable and unpleasant uptick in anxious and addictive alliteration. | 12/15/12 06:02:33 By - Peter Callaghan
One of the most interesting things about the latest 174-country ranking of world corruption released last week by the Berlin-based Transparency International monitoring group was that Barbados, Chile and Uruguay ranked alongside the United States among the worlds 20 most honest countries. | 12/14/12 06:08:30 By - Andres Oppenheimer
By Dec. 21, Larry Ellison will have more than made up for that $3 million he misspent in October trying to elect Mitt Romney as president.
On that day, the billionaire founder of Oracle stands to receive roughly $198 million in accelerated Oracle stock dividends, avoiding $60 million or more in what every financial expert assumes will be higher federal taxes starting in 2013. | 12/14/12 06:03:41 By - Dan Morain
Now that the 112th Senate has reconvened for its lame duck session after President Barack Obama captured a second term and Democrats retained a Senate majority, this is an ideal moment to analyze the federal judicial vacancy crisis. | 12/13/12 13:45:53 By - Carl Tobias
Only 11 days after the re-election of Barack Obama, Marco Rubio flew to Iowa to informally begin his quest for the presidency in 2016. | 12/13/12 06:11:21 By - Carl Hiaasen
Anyone who meets former Sen. Bob Dole quickly gains an understanding of his war injury.
Through decades of public service he became adept at offering his left hand first when greeting people, a grip that came across as gracious, not awkward. | 12/13/12 06:08:35 By - Mary Sanchez
Oil companies and taxes are a little like gasoline and lit matches.
The oil industry spent $93 million to blow up a 2006 initiative that sought to raise an oil severance tax. Taxes are not part of oil executives' DNA. But ever so cautiously, the industry is contemplating a California carbon tax. | 12/12/12 06:03:03 By - Dan Morain
When a poor person gets a government handout, it's called welfare. When a rich corporation gets one, it's called an economic development incentive. | 12/12/12 06:02:08 By - Tom Eblen
At the risk of sounding like a Kool-Aid-fed daughter of Ted Nugent: Its not the gun that should be implicated. | 12/11/12 06:02:30 By - Mary Sanchez
As our plane topped the Peruvian Andes, I looked out the window and caught my first view of the headwaters of the Amazon. The green canopy of the rain forest spread out in all directions. Yet on closer examination, I noticed the wilderness was marred by a checkerboard of cleared fields, scarred stream banks and rivers stained brown by polluted runoff. | 12/11/12 06:02:50 By - Stuart Leavenworth
The ethics of the matter, and the seemingly gratuitous intrusiveness of some interrogations, are just part of the problem with polygraph screenings of federal employees and applicants.
There's also the far more fundamental question of whether the process even works. Do these tests truly make us safer? Or are they an abuse of power by federal agencies that, by their very nature, are exempt from public accountability? | 12/10/12 12:46:24 By -
During the campaign, President Obama impressed everybody by singing an impromptu version of the old Al Green ballad Lets Stay Together. But now the White House has switched tunes. The presidents new favorite is Young At Heart, a Frank Sinatra hit of the 1950s. You could hear it playing in the background last week when he talked about the budget: Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you . . . | 12/10/12 06:01:54 By - Glenn Garvin
After five years of lousy economic performance, you would think people would be sick of it by now. Guess not. How else to explain why were having a big fight over inequality instead of arguing over how to jump-start growth? | 12/09/12 06:06:10 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Guy Noir, the beleaguered private eye featured on A Prairie Home Companion, is said to constantly wrestle with lifes persistent questions.
I have a few of my own, including: | 12/09/12 06:02:54 By - Terry Plumb
Nearly 36 years ago when I started reporting for this newspaper, police and elected officials would stop speaking candidly to folks as soon as I entered the room. | 12/08/12 06:05:04 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
They call it the Death Watch. The International Press Institute, which is based in Austria, for 15 years has tracked the number of professional journalists around the world killed on the job. | 12/08/12 06:01:27 By - John Drescher
Giant pet constrictors have clearly been denied their rightful place in the national mythology. American children grow up unexposed to the lovable reptilian equivalents of Snoopy or Garfield or Clifford the Big Red Dog. | 12/07/12 06:04:37 By - Fred Grimm
They say that Social Security is the third rail of American politics: Touch it and you die.
That dictum extends to Medicare and even Medicaid as well. Id like to take this opportunity to remind President Obama and members of both parties in Congress of why that is. | 12/07/12 06:14:00 By - Mary Sanchez
With the Senate's reassembly for its lame duck session after President Barack Obama won another term and Democrats retained a Senate majority, this is an excellent time to evaluate the judicial vacancy crisis. | 12/06/12 13:43:15 By - Carl Tobias
For all our cultural kinship, Britain and the United States approach expressive freedom in ways that are often sharply different. | 12/06/12 06:07:02 By - Edward Wasserman
Joe Baca never saw it coming, and neither did Gloria Negrete McLeod. But as state Sen. Negrete McLeod replaces Baca in Congress, the dueling San Bernardino County Democrats witnessed first hand the beginnings of a change in gun politics, courtesy of billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. | 12/06/12 06:02:49 By - Dan Morain
Jill Kelley, the mystery vixen in the David Petraeus scandal, is now flanked by a high-profile Washington attorney and a professional "crisis manager." This can only mean that she wants her own reality show, a book deal or both. | 12/05/12 06:06:34 By - Carl Hiaasen
Real subject lines from emails in my spam file (not including those offering Russian wives, enhancement products or written in Cyrillic alphabet): | 12/04/12 06:04:39 By - Peter Callaghan
Three weeks into the newest Texas Revolution, it's going nowhere.
That online petition for secession lost steam after 100,000 signatures. Even the Weatherford guy who started it calls it a fad. | 12/03/12 14:15:42 By - Bud Kennedy
The second Obama Administration faces a series of foreign policy challenges from war to hunger to terrorism to trade and aid. From the South China Sea to Somalia to Mali to Nigeria to Venezuela the usual culprits are at play: nationalism, ethnic hatred, religious zeal, overpopulation, climate change, pandemic disease, hunger, water, greed, and lust for power. | 12/03/12 06:05:15 By - Ben Barber
The Grand Canyon might be older than we thought a lot older.
Contrarian scientists have posited a new theory that the canyon is not just 6 million years old, as the consensus now stands, but actually about 70 million years old. That would mean the Grand Canyon was a giant hole in the ground while T-Rex still roamed the Earth. | 12/03/12 06:00:42 By - James Werrell
For two decades now, politicians and public scolds have sold America on the idea of a sterner penal system. Zero tolerance, three strikes and youre out, supermax prisons and legions of young men who have done time these are the hallmarks of our age. | 12/03/12 06:04:30 By - Mary Sanchez
Seven people three women and four men thought it was necessary to remove all their clothing and stand before cameras and strangers in U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's office Tuesday to bring attention to potential cuts to HIV/AIDS funding and other federal programs. | 12/02/12 06:00:36 By - Merlene Davis
Sometimes the kid in me saves the old man Ive become.
That happened regularly when my daughters were girls and I joined them on bike rides, jumping rope, swimming and having fun on playgrounds. | 12/02/12 06:16:08 By - Lewis W. Diuguid
The Rolling Stones threw a 50th anniversary concert Sunday. After five decades, apparently, Mick and the band still arent satisfied. | 12/01/12 06:08:33 By - Dave Helling
Title this Political magical thinking of the holiday season, Part II.
Thanksgivings column dealt with illogic around unwed mothers and poverty. | 12/01/12 06:09:31 By - Mary Sanchez
I'm cheap. Everyone knows that. Perhaps that is why I was so saddened when I learned Saturday that a fire killed at least 117 workers in a factory in Bangladesh where 1,700 people worked for pennies to make polo shirts, fleece jackets and T-shirts for U.S. and European companies. | 11/30/12 06:02:45 By - Merlene Davis
Before our memories of the 2012 elections fade to black, heres what needs to happen to improve our political system: | 11/30/12 06:02:57 By - Steve Kraske
Savor what could be the last Ding Dong youll ever eat while you contemplate the end of Hostess Brands Inc., but dont fix blame solely on labor union intransigence. Company executives baked this failure. Its an epic one, with 18,500 workers losing jobs. | 11/29/12 06:00:56 By - Keith Chrostowski
Dont let the calendar fool you. Its already 2016.
Like it or not, the Elections Industrial Complex has unofficially declared it so. | 11/29/12 06:03:06 By - Marc Caputo
President Obamas recent trip to Asia was totally overshadowed by the violence in Gaza, to the point that few of us paid any attention to it. But his visit to Asia may have major implications for Latin America in general, and for Cuba in particular. | 11/28/12 06:15:40 By - Andres Oppenheimer
On a recent trip to Houston, I twice drove by the giant statue of the man for whom the state's largest city is named.
Sam Houston looms large -- very large -- in a wooded area on Interstate 45 in the city of Huntsville. Although the man Sam Houston was tall at 6-foot-2, his steel-and-concrete image towers over the highway at 67 feet. The lighted view at night makes it appear even larger. | 11/28/12 06:04:34 By - Bob Ray Sanders
The nation's columnists have exhausted themselves searching fiction for anecdotes and admonitions that will illuminate David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. | 11/27/12 06:08:23 By - Michael Carey
Trying to lend one of his 2008 campaign speeches a little literary heft, Barack Obama borrowed a phrase from William Faulkner: The past isnt dead and buried. In fact, it isnt even past. Four years later, the president may be considering himself, however ruefully, a prophet. For it looks like much of his second term may be framed by one of Americas oldest, most persistent political debates the one over states rights. | 11/27/12 06:03:57 By - Glenn Garvin
Oh, how quickly the electorate forgets.
The long lines at the polls, the glut of millionaire money that poured into candidates coffers, the efforts to undercut voters rights under the guise of preventing voter fraud. | 11/26/12 06:00:46 By - Mary Sanchez
While some at home will roll their eyes and with good reason South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haleys stock rose nationally even as voters dealt Mitt Romney and the Republican Party a solid defeat in the last weeks presidential election. | 11/26/12 06:01:26 By - Warren Bolton
By all rights, a first post-election column should say something insightful, if not outright brilliant, about the results. But we're nearly two weeks out from that angst-filled day and night, and all my fellow know-it-alls of punditry have carved the corpses up nicely by now. | 11/25/12 06:34:10 By - Larry Dale Keeling
No matter how glorious the weather perhaps its an achingly splendid fall afternoon with brilliant sun highlighting the palette of changing leaves theres a place along Raleighs Western Boulevard where the mood turns gray and raw. | 11/25/12 06:04:16 By - Steve Ford
Oh, dear, this is disconcerting: I appear to have become a member of a minority group.
That's right I am an Older White Male an OWM. And if the Nov. 6 election results are any indicator, we OWMs are no longer in charge. | 11/24/12 06:15:35 By - Bob Cuddy
With the re-election of President Barack Obama, we have people petitioning to secede from the country. Before the election, I heard Democrats mumble that if Mitt Romney won they would move to Canada. Never mind that Romney was about as right wing as the elder President George Bush, or that Obama is about as much of a socialist as Harry Truman. | 11/24/12 06:09:14 By - Rob Christensen
Heres why we need to be thankful:
For the past week, weve spent a fair amount of ink and air time discussing and conducting raids on local grocery stores to prepare for the potential demise of the Twinkie. | 11/23/12 06:05:08 By - Issac J. Bailey
Four decades ago, the Arab oil embargo consigned Americans to gas lines. Odd-even rationing became routine, and everyone with a passing interest in energy policy heard regular predictions that the planet was nearing "peak oil." | 11/23/12 06:08:11 By - E. Thomas McClanahan
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it has always meant "family" day -- historically void of the distractions and commercialization that long ago hijacked Christmas, Easter and other national observances. | 11/22/12 06:09:24 By - Bob Ray Sanders
I was listening to the Michael Baisden radio show during what he called Tell The Truth, Tuesday. His premise was about relationships where men openly tell women they are married and just want a little somethin, somethin, on the side, but the woman hears, Hes in love with me and will leave his wife and kids. | 11/22/12 06:01:17 By - Charles Richardson
The autumn came in like a girl in a new party dress.
Streets of the neighborhood were canopied with burgundy and gold. Never had our city seemed more beautiful. | 11/22/12 06:09:20 By - C.W. Gusewelle
Soldiers can serve their country knowing that when they die, somebody will be at the airport to meet their body and make sure its handled with dignity, not left alone in some cold, dank storage facility. Soldiers who dont die, however, are pretty much on their own when they arrive at the airport. | 11/22/12 06:05:21 By - Barry Saunders
The federal courts have reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving. However, it remains unclear precisely how President Barack Obama and Congress will treat the judiciary, given the country's severe complications, especially the fiscal questions. Although Obama and Congress have instituted some actions that benefit the courts, they can, and should, do more. | 11/21/12 15:11:40 By - Carl Tobias
When Xi Jinping was appointed Chinas new leader last week, one of the things that caught my attention about his resume is that hes an engineer. More exactly, that he is an engineer who has replaced another engineer as leader of the worlds most populous country. | 11/21/12 06:03:21 By - Andres Oppenheimer
Does a federal law that applies to some states but not to others, even to some counties but not to others, make constitutional sense? That's the question the country has been debating, sometimes bitterly, across political, geographical and racial lines for almost half a century now. | 11/21/12 06:04:05 By - Dusty Nix
Theyre back, at their regular corner table, their volume fueled by a combination of caffeine and youthful self-confidence. As such, it is never difficult to eavesdrop on Earnest Guy and Cynical Girl. | 11/20/12 06:04:34 By - Peter Callaghan
Several thousand South Carolinians would like to secede from the union.
As Gov. Nikki Haley remarked Wednesday: Didnt we try that before?
Yes, we did. And it didnt turn out well at all. | 11/20/12 06:08:49 By - James Werrell
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst probably wouldn't admit it, but they want to engage in social engineering.
They want people not to waste money on drugs, liquor, smokes or lottery tickets. Not everybody, mind you, but poor people. | 11/19/12 06:05:19 By - Linda P. Campbell
You can go with hope, or you can go with fear.
The title and thrust of the economic forecast issued last Friday by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce "Averting the Fiscal Cliff" was on the hopeful side. | 11/19/12 06:02:42 By - Keith Chrostowski
Officials in Washington, D.C., Columbia and elsewhere are scrambling to figure out just how to embrace the Affordable Care Act now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected. Theyll be discussing philosophy and ideology, costs and quality, state and federal responsibilities.
They also need to keep in mind stories such as Shannon Shermans. | 11/19/12 06:04:30 By - Issac J. Bailey