Put family farmers back into Farm-to-School

by Wyatt Fraas Center for Rural Affairs Farm-to-school programs appeared in the 1990s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow...

From the ‘there is no voter fraud in N.C.’ file

by Susan Myrick The midterm elections saw record turnout and relatively few glitches, but a few things stood out to undermine the liberal claim that “there is no voter fraud in North Carolina.” Here are just a few examples of potential or actual fraud. Famous felon votes No voter...

Transportation priorities a test for administration

by Patrick Gannon Last week, state officials released the first batch of transportation projects to be funded through 2025 under the new strategic mobility formula proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and approved by the General Assembly. Lawmakers, transportation officials and the...

Got to pick a pocket?

by John Hood Did Fagin’s pickpockets stimulate the economy of London? If you’ve read Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist or seen the musical derived from it, you’ll immediately recognize the name. Fagin is the rogue who takes in orphans and runaways, trains them to pick pockets and...

New speaker troubles Eeyore Caucus

by John Hood When the news broke that Rep. Tim Moore would be the Republican nominee for speaker of the North Carolina House and Rep. Mike Hager would be majority leader, the usual suspects did the usual things. Politicians seeking power, lobbyists seeking favors, and reporters...

Politicians are thankful, too

by Patrick Gannon Politicians and others involved in government in North Carolina have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. The N.C. Democratic Party can be thankful for Asheville and Buncombe County voters. Without them, the election would have been an unmiti-gated...

Charter schools prove their value

by Robert Luebke Recently The News & Observer and the (Wilmington) StarNews published an article that raised questions about charter schools in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the piece devoted a large chunk of news space to what was essentially a hit piece on charter schools,...

You decide: How are farming and manufacturing alike?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden I have a soft spot in my heart for both farmers and factory workers. One of my grandfathers was a farmer in Ohio during the early 1900s. My father — the eldest son — told me many stories of awakening before sunrise to do numerous chores before he...

Legends of the fall

by John Hood Why did Democrats have a disappointing midterm election? Ask the Democrats. They’ve been thinking about this a lot and offer many explanations. Let’s explore their various legends of the fall campaign. One is that they lost because of low turnout. Well, it’s true...

Americans to hypocritical green activists: You first

by Michael James Barton Billionaire Democrat activist Tom Steyer is using his fortune to combat what he thinks is the greatest threat to America. No, he isn’t financing operations against ISIS or injecting medical aid into Africa to stop Ebola. In an effort to help congressional...

Wake schools spend $138K per high school graduate

by Robert Luebke How much of your money is spent to educate one high school graduate in Wake County? $50,000? $75,000? A new Civitas analysis shows that taxpayers spend about $138,507 from kindergarten through 12th grade for each Wake County Public School System student who...

The battle for political dominance like John Isner’s epic Wimbledon match

One on One by D.G. Martin What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner? Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that. Isner is known for his three-day 2010 Wimbledon match against French tennis player Nicholas Mahut. Isner...