Energy exploration would be big win for N.C.

by Rachael Dobi and Brian Balfour A recent study — Economic and Environmental Im-pacts of Oil and Gas Development Offshore the Del-Marva, Carolinas and Georgia — by Dr. Timothy J. Considine, the School of Energy Resources Distinguished Professor of Energy Economics at the...

Stimulus story reveals much

by John Hood In the homestretch of the Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, the disclosure that Hagan’s family profited from the 2009 stimulus package she voted for has drawn a great deal of attention. Well, let me clarify that statement. It has...

A ’60s radical comes back with conservative allies

One on One D.G. Martin Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning...

Report: State needs task force on veterans

by Patrick Gannon Nearly 800,000 military veterans call North Carolina home, yet a new report found that the state lacks a coordinated strategy to support them. The report from the General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division (PED) calls on state lawmakers to create a task...

Spending has diminishing returns

by John Hood One of my favorite modern historians, the late Rufus Fears at the University of Oklahoma, was fond of saying that “ideas make history.” University of Chicago professor and North Carolina native Richard Weaver expressed a similar view in his famous 1948 book Ideas...

Questions raise more red flags about vouchers

by Chris Fitzsimon The more details you hear about the state’s startlingly unaccountable private school voucher scheme and the questionable schools now receiving taxpayer money, the more troubling it all seems. In an election year dominated by a back-and-forth over education...

DPI budget cuts: Rhetoric and reality

by Terry Stoops Earlier this year, the North Carolina General Assembly mandated that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) trim its budget by 10 percent. Legislators observed that the $70 million agency had become too bureaucratic to be effective in their role of...

New jobs partnership off to strong start on transparency

by Patrick Gannon The state’s new, private job-recruiting and marketing agency appears to be starting off on the right foot when it comes to transparency. The nonprofit Economic Development Partnership (EDP) of North Carolina, which opened its doors in Cary last week, plans to...

Story of Silent Cal speaks to our time

by Jim Tynen Do we need a man like … Calvin Coolidge … again? That is a question that has to be taken seriously, thanks to the fine work of bestselling author Amity Shlaes, who was in Raleigh early this month to talk about Coolidge, her biography of the 30th president. Today he’s...

Good news on taxes

by John Hood Except when complaining that North Carolina isn’t giving enough targeted tax incentives to Hollywood studios, solar-panel manufacturers and commercial real-estate developers, liberals contend that cutting taxes on business has no effect on business starts, corporate...

Guns dominate headlines, spark debate

by Patrick Gannon Sometimes the news of the day begs for a broader discussion of important issues. That happened one day last week on an always polarizing topic. Scrolling through Twitter, news websites and emails that day, it didn’t take long to identify a common thread among...

You decide: Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

by Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn’t that long ago that a significant share of people worked on farms. Of...