Political spin can’t hide flaws in tax deal

by Alexandra Sirota The political spinning began even before the ink had dried on the final tax deal between North Carolina House and Senate leaders and Gov. McCrory, with some supporters inside and outside the legislature backing away from earlier claims that everyone would...

Growth strategy backed by research

by John Hood When you hear politicians utter the phrase “economists say,” be skeptical. There may well be economists who agree with their particular policy idea, but economists and other social scientists don’t speak with one voice. There are many differences of opinion,...

A new book reminds us to say, ‘Thank you’

One on One by D.G. Martin “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.” So wrote General Dwight Eisenhower on June 5, 1944, 69 years ago. According to Rick Atkinson’s new book, The Guns at Last Light: The...

Who is minding the pork?

Capital Press Association by Scott Mooneyham As long as there is politics, there will be this thing that people refer to as pork. As the word is batted about, it is important to consider what pork is and what it is not. Pork, in a political context, implies fat, that there is...
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Attempting to turn back the hands of time

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I suspect all of us “of a certain age” sometimes hear the siren call of turning back the hands of time, and fantasize about having a nip here and a tuck there. However, considering Medicare’s unreasonable reluctance to pay for us to feel good...