The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Sex, movies and the desperate attempt to shock audiences

    For the past year or two, it seems, movies have become obsessed with sex, continually upping the ante on tone, subject matter and explicitness - and "50 Shades of Grey" hasn't even come out yet.

    April 7, 2014

  • A man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal

    Although not as celebrated as the late American amnesiac H.M., for my money K.C. taught us more important and poignant things about how memory works. He showed how we make memories personal and personally meaningful. He also had a heck of a life story.

    April 7, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Voters beware of oligarchs and bogeymen

    Scaring voters to distract them from issues is a tired - and bipartisan - ploy sure to be in heavy rotation this campaign season.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don't blame voters for low turnout

    Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
    It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.

    April 7, 2014

  • Comic books and race in America go hand in hand

    Comic books haven't always been a place where African-Americans can find characters they relate to. Black comic characters ranged from being barely noticeable and featuring blatantly disrespectful instances, to receiving lessened moments of racism from decade to decade.

    April 7, 2014

  • Hate With Friends, the fun new Facebook tool

    WASHINGTON - Hating movies, earworms, conventions of grammar, clothing brands, diet fads - you get the twinkle of pleasure without the glob of guilt, or the cold brush of fear. A Coldplay song doesn't know you hate it.

    April 7, 2014

  • Brent Laurenz Why getting some eyes and ears in N.C. legislature good idea

    RALEIGH – Sunshine Week was March 16-22 across the country. No, that doesn’t mean we’re had sunny weather all week. Instead, it was a week designed to highlight open government initiatives and spur conversation about citizen access to our government.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott Mooneyham Republicans’ reluctance to borrow

    RALEIGH – A couple of years ago, a friend who was working to raise money for a major cultural project in the state asked my opinion about the likelihood of winning a state grant from legislators.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • How improv comedy skills became a must-have for entrepreneurs

    NEW YORK - A few years ago, for complex reasons, I attended the orientation week for Columbia Business School students. The week involved team-building exercises that forced us to solve problems together.

    April 2, 2014

  • Scott Mooneyham Turning up the heat on Wos

    RALEIGH — In Congress, the drama of a committee hearing where lawmakers get into confrontational question-and-answer sessions with those testifying before them are not so unusual.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

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