A big step forward for children with complex needs in North Carolina

Let me tell you about a girl I’ll call O.B. Her story exposes a lot of what’s wrong with North Carolina’s behavioral health system.O...

December 6th, 2016 |  


The troubling machinations of preserving political power in Raleigh

That sound you hear from Raleigh these days is coming from leading North Carolina Republicans, astonished that their iron grip on state government is ...

December 5th, 2016 |  


GOP Factions Can Work Together

GOP Factions Can Work Together

WASHINGTON — The first time I lived in the nation’s capital, Ronald Reagan was president. The conservatives I knew there were proud of the...

December 5th, 2016 |  


America segregating itself through boycotts

America segregating itself through boycotts

In the days before national chains, my Uncle Ted would only stop at auto-club approved motels during our annual baseball trips.“I want a clean r...

December 3rd, 2016 |  


North Carolina’s river basins would appreciate it if we stopped polluting them

North Carolina’s river basins would appreciate it if we stopped polluting them

Rivers and streams in the Cape Fear River Basin in eastern North Carolina rank No. 1 in amounts of No. 2.A new report from the state Division of Water...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


An assault on democracy

An assault on democracy

If Pat McCrory’s attempt to win the election through challenging voters does anything, it should put to rest the Republican notion of widespread...

December 2nd, 2016 updated: December 2nd, 2016. |  


Liberals Should Rediscover Federalism

Liberals Should Rediscover Federalism

RALEIGH — For the second time in recent experience, and the fifth time in American history, a presidential candidate has been elected despite ha...

December 1st, 2016 updated: December 1st, 2016. |  


Where do progressives go from here?

Where do progressives go from here?

We have been somewhere near here before—Reagan in the 1980’s; Bush the Second in the 2000’s. Donald Trump is certainly more crude an...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Definition of insanity? Trump transition team proposals for ‘replacing’ the Affordable Care Act

Definition of insanity? Trump transition team proposals for ‘replacing’ the Affordable Care Act

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If that’s so, then we have a t...

November 29th, 2016 |  


NC should reverse course regarding tax policy

NC should reverse course regarding tax policy

The costly tax cuts Kansas lawmakers passed in recent years have had a negative economic and fiscal impact on the state that serves as caution for Nor...

November 28th, 2016 |