Veterans need action, not ‘promises’

To the editor: The Veterans Administration scandal and the deaths of veterans who fought and lost their battle to obtain earned benefits has local impact and is worthy of attention.   It is an old story of broken promises, and one that continues to repeat itself.   I remember my...

Some taxes are no privilege

To the editor: The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association would like to thank Representative Marilyn Avila, Representative Chris Malone and Senator Chad Barefoot for their bi-partisan support to rein in a tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels.  I would like to...

Lottery money adds up to reckless budget

As the 2014 legislative session opened, a business lobbyist explained the incentives House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican U.S. Senate nominee, had for seeking quick adjournment. Among other reasons, Tillis would want to adjourn “before one of his whack-a-doodle members does...

One way to shave the N.C. budget

Where can state budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? In our opinion, a review of University of North Carolina Centers and Institutes might be a good place to start. They are UNC-affiliated entities that address some of the most challenging...