Viewpoint: Columnists

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 02:22 PM

Will we ever have enough?

Around this time of year, I always re-think some of the central assumptions of economics. This is because I have to explain them to new undergraduates, most of whom have no background in economics.

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Miracles and the power of prayer

On Friday, a co-worker told me about a television news story she had seen that morning.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 PM

Traffic officers are highly trained

The blue lights flash; it’s time to pull the car over. You were speeding and you know it, but you’re a little frustrated because you were in a hurry.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 PM

Cherish democracy by going to the polls

Last week, we celebrated the anniversary of our country’s birth as the world’s greatest democracy. In another part of the world, a fledgling democracy may have come to an end.

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

Building bridges to the Hispanic community

Monroe is a diverse city whose residents come from several different cultures. The Hispanic community in particular is growing, and it has been challenging for the city, including the police department, to build relationships and communicate with them.

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 04:46 PM

Boundaries, borders and city managers

“I don’t want to talk to that damn Yankee.”

Shortly after I became General Manager of The Daily Journal in Rockingham, N.C. in 1989, a subscriber visiting the newspaper’s office expressed that sentiment when asked if he would like to speak with me about a change in the newspaper.