Jane a brilliant navigator

We made a new best friend while we were in England. Her name was Jane, and she was the navigation system that lived in the rental car. She led us on motorways, across roundabouts, down country lanes and narrow byways, into parking lots, to restaurants and gardens, through...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014

Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests. Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014

Ignore the slanders; tax reform is working

North Carolina’s historic 2013 tax reform is once again under attack, and once again the critics are using misleading claims and false narratives to deceive the public. Based on a flawed report produced by the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget & Tax Center, new ads falsely claim...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014

Ash spill raises fears

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream. When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle. That was the message from the City of Wilmington’s proud and...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014

Renewing the debate on renewables

One of the more bitter fights that occurred in the North Carolina General Assembly last year involved whether lawmakers should repeal a 2007 requirement that electricity suppliers get a portion of their power from renewable sources of energy. North Carolina is one of 27 states...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014

A dead end for road dollars?

As state transportation officials take up the knotty issue of how to pay for roads in the future, they better first understand the political thicket in which state legislators have left them. Members of the state Board of Transportation (BOT) again this week discussed how North...
Posted On 11 Apr 2014

Be kind to your eonians

There are some beautiful words in the English language — like serendipity, lullaby, silver, butterfly, liltingly. There are also some really ugly words — like concrete, fracking, fungus, crankshaft and cod. Most words are neither beautiful nor ugly, but every now and then there...
Posted On 11 Apr 2014

Drivers licenses for all would improve safety

One of the biggest flashpoints in the ongoing national debate over immigration policy centers is on the matter of drivers’ licenses. To anti-immigrant groups and those who champion mass deportations, the idea of providing driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals is anathema....
Posted On 10 Apr 2014

Election reforms help reveal voter fraud

A stunning report by the State Board of Elections has revealed clear voter fraud in the 2012 election — evidently in tens of thousands of instances. The North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) reported last week to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee on the...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014

Start up the rural economy

D uring most of its history, North Carolina was a state of widely dispersed residents. There were no truly big cities, many small towns and fewer sparsely populated counties than, say, Virginia or Georgia had. Particularly along the state’s rivers and streams, you’d find a...
Posted On 10 Apr 2014

Give the president more power

by John Hood Congress should give President Barack Obama more power — when it comes to the issue of free trade, that is. Conservatives and constitutionalists are rightly concerned about recent arrogations or abuse of power by the executive branch. They should demand greater...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014

Turning up the heat on Wos

by Scott Mooneyham In Congress, the drama of a committee hearing where lawmakers get into confrontational question-and-answer sessions with those testifying before them are not so unusual. In the North Carolina General Assembly, that kind of contentiousness is rare. Any...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014