Apologize sincerely

by D.G. Martin Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it. Say you’re sorry and move on. And that is what I did when some folks took offense at my recent column...

Lift health reform’s deductible cap

by Janet Trautwein The Obama Administration recently announced that it would delay until 2015 the health reform law’s “employer mandate,” which will require all companies with at least 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance or pay a fine. The delay...

Black robes huddling in the shadows

by Scott Moonyham When any part of a scandal involving a public entity or well-known person becomes public, the details usually come out as well. Try as they might, by hiring lawyers or hiding behind secretive processes, those involved generally have trouble covering up the...

Making education a better investment

by John Hood Is state spending on education an investment or a political payoff? Critics of the North Carolina state budget just approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature use the term “investment” a lot. But their arguments sound more like cheap politics. If education...

Seedy dealings at tech center

by Lee Brett Financial mismanagement and waste are nothing new in government. But it seems that these days, you can’t turn your head without seeing something amiss. Earlier this summer, the Civitas Institute helped to uncover corruption at the Rural Economic Development Center....

Time for careful reading by the Governor

by Chris Fitzsimon When Governor Pat McCrory finally gets around to reading the voter suppression bill he promised to sign even though he admitted he wasn’t familiar with all its provisions, he will find a lot of changes to election laws that have nothing to do with requiring...

Medicaid proven a failure

By Sally C. Pipes State legislators across the country are wrestling with whether to expand Medicaid, with the bulk of the funding to come from the federal government, thanks to Obamacare. Thus far, a substantial number of states have rebuffed the feds’ offer — or are leaning...

Lawmakers fail to account for resistance to change

by Scott Mooneyham With another legislative session in North Carolina completed, the postmortems have begun, and most have not been very kind to the honorables. Many of the honorables, at least those in the Republican majority, are likely taking comfort from pats on the back by...

Red herring argument disguised as pink flamingos

by Victoria Wakefield Last week, Progress N.C. turned the front yard of the N.C. General Assembly into a plastic pink flamingo zoo. Why? According to the people assembling the classic lawn ornaments outside of the Legislative Office Building, the liberal group’s efforts were to...

Political spin can’t hide flaws in tax deal

by Alexandra Sirota The political spinning began even before the ink had dried on the final tax deal between North Carolina House and Senate leaders and Gov. McCrory, with some supporters inside and outside the legislature backing away from earlier claims that everyone would...

Growth strategy backed by research

by John Hood When you hear politicians utter the phrase “economists say,” be skeptical. There may well be economists who agree with their particular policy idea, but economists and other social scientists don’t speak with one voice. There are many differences of opinion,...

A new book reminds us to say, ‘Thank you’

One on One by D.G. Martin “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.” So wrote General Dwight Eisenhower on June 5, 1944, 69 years ago. According to Rick Atkinson’s new book, The Guns at Last Light: The...