Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 -- After passing the budget, legislative leaders were unrestrained in heaping praise on themselves for their "support" of public education. Even some education leaders thanked the Jones Street crowd profusely. But with the new school year well under way, the self-congratulations have yielded to disappointment, angst and turmoil. Local schools are worried there won't be money to pay teachers next school year, a principal pay plan may actually leave many with pay cuts and make it harder to get good principals into the schools with the most need. And the UNC Board of Governors is being rightly-criticized for micromanagement amid concerns over potential conflicts of interest.
Editorial: Removal of lottery commissioner is stand for respect of state workers
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 -- An appointment by the governor to a major board or commission doesn't come with a license to abuse or harass. People who work in government agencies are there to serve public officials and citizens. But they are certainly not anyone's servants and open to abuses of the sort outlined in the two letters from the governor's office.
- Editorial: Amazon & N.C. - a good fit legislature must size up
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 -- North Carolina is already handicapped -- not by the lack of incentives, but by politics. Commentators have been quick to point out the legislature's antipathy toward many high-tech ventures -- especially Amazon.
- JAMES LEUTZE: Take down the statues; Time for intolerance toward racism, neo-Nazis, alt-right
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 -- We have reached a turning point in our history. Black people will no longer tolerate being confronted by warning signals erected during a period of racial oppression. Southerners who honor those whom they see as defending the South and their way of life resist removing these monuments. If they truly knew the history and the temper of the times when these monuments were erected, they might better understand African-Americans' feelings.
- Editorial: UNC system board is case study in professional dysfunction
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 -- It was a startlingly unprofessional letter to UNC President Margaret Spellings and Board Chair Louis Bissette that you had to know would become public. The letter along with Thursday's pathetic board meeting was more reflective of a Marx Brothers farce than the studious behavior of leaders of one of the world's foremost systems of higher education.
- Editorial: Last-minute GenX ambush, standard operating procedure for legislature
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 -- Like too many actions by the General Assembly these days, the misguided GenX funding provision appeared without warning in a conference committee report. No open committee hearing, no public discussion, no citizen input and no accountability. Legislating by last-minute ambush has become a way of life for the current crop of legislative leaders.
- Editorial: For Sessions' DACA stand, politics trumps law and humanity
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions paid lip service to the rule of law but was really focused on politics when he announced the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He showed little concern for the plight of more than 800,000 "dreamers" - brought to the U.S. as youngsters and who see it as their home.
- Editorial: Uncertainty not optimism, greets start of new school year
- Margaret Dickson: Elections results should reflect all, not just narrow, powerful ideology
- MARK JEWELL: Standing strong for public schools is best school choice
- Editorial: N.C.'s congressional delegation must unite to keep DACA
- RAY OWENS: Civil Rights Center mission central to UNC's best traditions
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Opinion Roundup: A word of caution from the courtroomWednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on some hurdles ahead for judicial redistricting, the financial struggle for N.C.'s rural hospitals, the delay of a key fracking panel meeting and more.
Opinion Roundup: Education power shift on holdTuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on a judicial panel's decision to delay the shift in control of N.C. schools, the legislature's latest discussions on redrawing judicial maps, the status of funding for a key state health insurance program and more.
Opinion Roundup: A sharp right turnMonday, Sept. 18, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the future of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the status of Hurricane Matthew recovery money amid other storms, the two counties that may not be part of NC's new Innovative School District and more.
Opinion Roundup: A cloud over the UNC Board of Governors' actionsFriday, Sept. 15, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on the role politics may be playing within the UNC Board of Governors, a data point that reveals an emerging trend in addressing low-performing schools, a reaction to the idea of "Medicare for All" and more.
Opinion Roundup: A new Silent Sam legal questionThursday, Sept. 14, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion, commentary and analysis on a potential lawsuit threat against UNC's Silent Sam statue, state legislators' latest plan to keep GenX out of our drinking water, a new urgent care service for mental health issues and more.