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...

Picking news like cherries

by John Hood How is North Carolina’s economy doing? That is always an important question. During election season, however, it takes on added significance. Fairly or not, voters often hold incumbent politicians responsible for the condition and performance of the economy. While...

Gerrymandering: The next ice-bucket challenge?

Whoever came up with the ALS ice bucket challenge deserves to be enshrined in the marketing hall of fame. It accomplished the dual purpose of focusing attention on Lou Gehrig’s disease while also raising millions of dollars for finding a cure. It caused us to ponder how we might...

On roasting marshmallows, the deficit and your family

Uncle Sam claims to knows best — even how best to cook. At least, that’s what is claimed based on a report this week from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “Last Friday the Forest Service published an article about how to roast marshmallows. Tips included using a roasting...

Many unknowns as private organization takes over job recruiting

By this time next month, a private, nonprofit corporation will have opened its doors at a small office building in Cary with a big mission — recruiting jobs to North Carolina and promoting the travel and tourism, film and sports industries. The Economic Development Partnership of...

Kay Hagan is no moderate

To the editor: The senatorial debate Sept. 3 saw Senator Kay Hagan claiming recognition as the most moderate of U.S. senators — interesting when the independent conservative Heritage Action Foundation rates Senator Hagan’s voting record at a 4 percent factor, 96 percent...

UNC system makes progress

When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been restrained. Lawmakers have...

What are the tradeoffs where we live?

My wife and I enjoy watching the TV program House Hunters on the HGTV network. It’s about first-time homebuyers navigating their way through purchasing a home. The ultimate decision comes down to three homes, with the suspense culminating in the final choice. Each show follows a...

DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers who have disabilities

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however, much to Rebecca’s surprise, North Carolina’s Division...

For a cleaner environment, support domestic natural gas production

President Obama has called natural gas “the bridge fuel that can power our economy.” He’s right. The natural gas industry is driving economic growth. Natural gas production supports 2.8 million domestic jobs and adds $385 billion to our economy annually. Further development could...

McCrory in a tough position over incentives

State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they? The latest chatter in the capital is about whether House and Senate members will be called back by Gov. Pat McCrory to consider legislation that would result in...