Getting a good start to rest of life

The first week of August signals a shift in a community’s energy. The laziness of summer starts to draw to a close, stores put out all their back-to-school items and folks rush to squeeze in just a little more vacation. For area high schools, August is not only a time for fall...

Making education a better investment

by John Hood Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff? Critics of the North Carolina state budget just approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature use the term “investment” a lot. But their arguments sound more like cheap politics. If education...

Seedy dealings at tech center

by Lee Brett Financial mismanagement and waste are nothing new in government. But it seems that these days, you can’t turn your head without seeing something amiss. Earlier this summer, the Civitas Institute helped to uncover corruption at the Rural Economic Development Center....

Time for careful reading by the Governor

by Chris Fitzsimon When Governor Pat McCrory finally gets around to reading the voter suppression bill he promised to sign even though he admitted he wasn’t familiar with all its provisions, he will find a lot of changes to election laws that have nothing to do with requiring...