Opinion (Page 6)

  • Tribal warfare rules D.C. politics

    Looking for civility from our elected officials in Washington, D.C.? Forget about it. Bipartisan cooperation is a phrase that is infrequently used and rarely practiced. Obstruction, delay, and resistance are the tactics of the Democratic leaders in Congress: Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and his counterpart in the House,…

  • Pick your fights, governor

    Gov. Roy Cooper soon must deal with the first piece of legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. The way he handles House Bill 39 could signal how combative the governor will be the rest of the session. H.B. 39 would reduce the number of seats on the UNC…

  • Determining who ‘runs’ the schools

    RALEIGH — Ask a relatively well-informed North Carolinian to identify who “runs” the state’s public schools, and you’re likely to hear a range of responses. And that’s not just because of poor civics education. Local superintendents and elected school boards make decisions for 115 school districts across the state’s 100…

  • Citizens United facilitates discussion, to the chagrin of the left

    Citizens United, or  Citizens United v. FEC, is a 2010 case in which the Supreme Court struck down limits to independent political expenditures on First Amendment freedom of speech grounds. The ruling didn’t affect lobbying activities and direct contributions to political parties and candidates that continue to be subject…

  • Bust bullying, boost school success

    Mean girls and callous boys are nothing new. They’ve stalked school hallways and commandeered cafeterias for years. Yet bullies’ arsenal of pain-inflicting tools has never been more relentless; smartphones and social media platforms have erased boundaries of time and space. Anytime, anywhere: So go the slings and arrows of the…

  • DeVos attackers surrender high ground

    The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She was also subjected to…

  • Redistricting reform for the right reasons

    RALEIGH — People can at times support positive public policy proposals for the wrong reasons. While it’s a good idea to welcome their support, it’s also fair to point out that the policy they advocate is not likely to achieve their goals. Take, for example, the issue of redistricting reform.