There’s a problem with intellectual diversity on campus. But the cure is worse than the disease.

Happenings at the University of North Carolina have always been intertwined with the civic life of our state. Chapel Hill is not an ivory tower, as generations of critics have inadvertently recognized. In that spirit I condemn the vandalism targeted at Carolina...
Really?

Really?

An opinion piece in the Carolina Journal is so stupid that I cannot even get past the first two sentences. I have a hard time believing they printed it. Ken Raymond’s piece criticizes Winston-Salem’s resolution to study the possibility of reparations for descendants...

The Transformations of Pat McCrory

The Transformations of Pat McCrory

It's remarkable now, but Pat McCrory once won elections with ease. For 14 years as Charlotte mayor, the Republican cruised through general elections in what was gradually becoming a Democratic city. He was popular and considered a choice prospect for governor in 2008....

Small towns

Small towns

I was born May 4, 1963 in Wadesboro, North Carolina, in Anson County. My father was born there and so was his father and his father before him. My mother’s people settled in Anson County for about a hundred years before moving to points west in the late 1800s. I say...

A culture of unaccountability

A culture of unaccountability

This weekend, we learned of two horrific stories of abuse involving state legislators. The most bizarre case came from Kansas where Republican state Representative Mark Samsel decided to become a substitute teacher. Instead of teaching, he battered his wards, kneeing...

A cultural tug-of-war

A cultural tug-of-war

Republicans in North Carolina are trying to put the divisive social issues that have harmed their electoral fortunes behind them--or so it seems. While Florida passed a bill preventing transgender girls from playing on female sports teams and West Virginia signed a...

The frontrunner

The frontrunner

Well, it’s on now. Former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Cheri Beasley announce her candidacy for U. S. Senate. The announcement wasn’t a surprise but her entry changes the dynamic of the race. She starts as a clear frontrunner.  The primary is...

A tranformative day

A tranformative day

Yesterday was a big one in North Carolina. We awoke to news that Apple is going to build a new campus in Wake County and then, in the afternoon, we learned, as expected, the state will get an additional Congressional seat. We increased our reputation as an economic...

Getting back to normal

Getting back to normal

Right now, we feel like we’re on the cusp of getting back to normal after more than a year of pandemic restraint. First, though, we need to get to herd immunity and the biggest obstacle to reaching that goal is vaccine skepticism. Too many people believe the vaccine...

Republicans have totally rejected majority rule

Republicans have totally rejected majority rule

The days of America's old socially conservative consensus are gone. In place of the evangelical, patriarchal synthesis that ruled American culture for much of the Reagan era has emerged a new and decidedly tolerant ethos manifested in broad support for LGBTQ rights...

Free market realignment

Free market realignment

Governor Roy Cooper joined Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in organizing a letter from prominent current and former elected officials calling on big businesses to speak out against voter suppression laws. They assembled a bipartisan group that included several...

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