Gerrymandering: The next ice-bucket challenge?

Whoever came up with the ALS ice bucket challenge deserves to be enshrined in the marketing hall of fame. It accomplished the dual purpose of focusing attention on Lou Gehrig’s disease while also raising millions of dollars for finding a cure. It caused us to ponder how we might...

On roasting marshmallows, the deficit and your family

Uncle Sam claims to knows best — even how best to cook. At least, that’s what is claimed based on a report this week from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Last Friday the Forest Service published an article about how to roast marshmallows. Tips included using a roasting...

Many unknowns as private organization takes over job recruiting

By this time next month, a private, nonprofit corporation will have opened its doors at a small office building in Cary with a big mission — recruiting jobs to North Carolina and promoting the travel and tourism, film and sports industries. The Economic Development Partnership of...

Sick of political ads already

Anybody who checked my mailbox these days would think I had a new best friend.  I hear from him almost every day. And these are not flimsy little messages; they are big, full-color cards or bi-folds. If I posted them on my refrigerator, I would have more pictures of him and his...

Kay Hagan is no moderate

To the editor: The senatorial debate Sept. 3 saw Senator Kay Hagan claiming recognition as the most moderate of U.S. senators — interesting when the independent conservative Heritage Action Foundation rates Senator Hagan’s voting record at a 4 percent factor, 96 percent...