Welcome to O-pinion, a new place for argument.
Each day, we'll be telling you what we think about issues affecting the Charlotte region, North Carolina and our country. We'll bring you other perspectives, too, and we'll invite you to give yours. (Because we know you're shy about that sort of thing.)
I'm Peter St. Onge, an associate editor on the Observer's editorial board. Each weekday, a member of the board will host O-pinion, and we'll offer new items throughout the day. We'll be rolling out features as we go along this month, but each day will have some constants: You'll see tomorrow's print editorials here as they're written, and we'll tell you at the end of each afternoon who we thought had a good day or bad day.
Also, we'll bring you a roundup each morning of opinion we see locally, regionally and around the country. If you see something folks should read, let us know.
So what are people talking about this morning?
President Barack Obama is in North Carolina this week, with stops in Asheville this morning, then Millers Creek and Jamestown to pitch his jobs plan.
Now, some are crowing that Cain's success is proof that the tea party isn't racist. David Weigel of Slate explored just that over the weekend.
Problem is, says Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, Cain doesn't really seem to like black people. At the least, says columnist Leonard Pitts, Cain doesn't seem comfortable in his own skin.
Better discuss now, because Cain's time at the top of the polls likely will be limited. He may or may not be proof of the tea party's color-blindness - our view: the party has been focused more on government largesse than the skin color of the people benefiting from it - but Cain's one substantial proposal, the 9-9-9 tax plan to prosperity, has been mostly panned by economists.
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Close to home
Our editorial this morning explains why it's good for CMS not only to ask, but use what the public says it wants in a new superintendent.
Today's Letters to the Editor offer suggestions on how to make the inevitable Duke Energy rate increase more palatable, and how to be more pragmatic about CMS graduation rates.
In case you missed it over the weekend, we dropped some Montesquieu on you to explain why N.C. Republicans are dissing kids and the Constitution.
In North Carolina
The Raleigh News & Observer applauds Sen. Kay Hagan for reaching across the aisle to Republican Sen. John McCain for a change in our tax code that could bring more jobs to Americans.
Also from Raleigh, something we've never thought to type here: Let's celebrate the mullet.
Around the country
Former Observer biz editor Jon Talton writes in the Seattle Times that if the banks hate a rule, it must be a good one.
And finally, just to stir things up on your way to the rest of the day- the New York Post asks: Hillary for VP? It's not as farfetched as you think.