Taxpayers suffering unintended consequences of solar farms

Dr. Herbert M. Eckerlin Since I have been involved in the solar industry for many years, people from across North Carolina often call me with their solar questions. One of the more recent questions is, “Who is paying for all these solar farms?” To properly answer this question,...

Founding fathers would embrace energy independence

by William L. Schachte Jr. The United States is closer than ever to fulfilling the vision of our founding fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence. Yet on the basis of alarmist claims, the Obama Administration is balking on two key...

Renewable mandates boost N.C. electric bills

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Institute Passage of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) in North Carolina in 2007 contributed to North Carolina’s electricity rates rising more than twice as rapidly as national and regional averages. The General Assembly should act now to...

An overdue mandate for government spending

by Patrick Gannon One thing I’ve noticed in 16 years covering government and politics is that it’s often difficult to find out exactly how local governments spend taxpayer dollars. Details are often sparse and difficult to obtain and often don’t come in a format that’s easy for...

Three teams debate tax reform

by John Hood As the House and Senate negotiate the details of a new state budget, one of their biggest disagreements will be about taxes. Just to be clear: both chambers are led by conservatives who generally favor lower taxes and less spending growth than their Democratic...

An indictment of the state’s broken campaign finance system

by Patrick Gannon The most shocking disclosure made in a recent hearing by the State Board of Elections about Sen. Fletcher Hartsell’s campaign spending wasn’t that the longtime Republican legislator from Concord allegedly paid for National Geographic videos with campaign...

School testing needs to be reformed

By Bob Luebke There are good reasons parents, teachers and the public in general think schools do too much testing. After all, the average public school student will take 18 standardized tests and be engaged in 106 hours of state and federal testing before he or she graduate...

Climate anger: The last refuge of alarmists

by Robert Bradley Jr. For purveyors of climate alarm, emotional dis-plays of intolerance are increasingly crowding out reasoned argument. But remember the adage: Hate hurts the hater more than the hated. Consider President Obama. At the White House Correspondents Dinner, the...

Support independent business

Guest Opinion by Michael Nelson Support your favorite local shops and restaurants, while you still can. The economy has been very tough the last few years, and many businesses are struggling every day, wrestling with fears of closure due to slacking sales through no fault of...

Time to study 508-page budget

by Patrick Gannon Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the average bill that passes the General Assembly is about four pages long. That probably is not exactly correct, but it’s probably not far off. If it’s true, that means the 508-page budget passed by the Senate contains...

Cheers to 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Guest Opinion by Dr. Andrew Mitchell It’s the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, causing thoughtful Americans who care deeply about “scutage,” “darrein presentment”, or the standard width of “haberject”, to raise their voices in loud acclamation. The rest of us, however, are...

Reining in excessive school testing

by Bob Luebke If you want to find an education issue on which there seems to be universal agreement in North Carolina, talk about testing. Most everyone agrees we subject our kids to too much of it. Unfortunately, that’s true. Right now, testing is driving education, instead of...