Op Ed

February 23, 2017

When President Donald Trump tweeted that the news media "is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" the outrage on the left was palpable. That's how dictators speak, they cried, comparing Trump to everyone from Lenin and Stalin to Mao and Mussolini. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod…


February 22, 2017

It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Professor Friedman could have added that there is a difference between something's being free and something's having a zero price.

For example, people say that there's free public…


February 21, 2017

Legislative Republicans are acting as though their days are numbered.

Having remade the state's fiscal structure in their own likeness, Republicans are now looking to lock in their personal income tax rates with a constitutional amendment and their flush savings reserve, aka "The Rainy Day Fund,"…


February 20, 2017

We buried one of my heroes on Friday. She was my mother-in-law.

In the case of Helen Boyle, hero might be a form of understatement. Rather than begin with gushing words and bloated adjectives, permit me to recite just a few facts about her 85 years on this earth.

She lost her father at age 5, and…


February 19, 2017

Ninety percent of brain development occurs within the first five years of a child’s life; roughly the 2,000 days between birth and when the child arrives for their first day of kindergarten. The skills and cognitive abilities that are developed during these formative years literally build the…

Lisa Mulligan

February 19, 2017

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…


February 19, 2017

It's a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.

Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed…


February 19, 2017

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and other Republican leaders have spent the last few days desperately distorting the facts and rewriting history to try to blame Gov. Roy Cooper for the disaster of HB2 that was passed by the GOP supermajority in the House and Senate and signed into law by…


February 19, 2017

"What was the point of that march?" "This march was an attack on our democracy."

These are some of the kinder criticisms I read or heard after the Jan. 21 Women's March. It seems that the real message of this incredible movement was lost on some. So as a woman who did the 10 hour round trip with…


February 18, 2017

The recurring HB2 nightmare will celebrate a birthday next month with no end in sight. Both sides of the political spectrum find themselves in a box, albeit a cardboard box they are treating as if it had walls of steel.

Gov. Cooper fired the latest salvo in this running battle this week. Cooper…

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