Lottery money adds up to reckless budget

As the 2014 legislative session opened, a business lobbyist explained the incentives House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican U.S. Senate nominee, had for seeking quick adjournment. Among other reasons, Tillis would want to adjourn “before one of his whack-a-doodle members does...

One way to shave the N.C. budget

Where can state budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? In our opinion, a review of University of North Carolina Centers and Institutes might be a good place to start. They are UNC-affiliated entities that address some of the most challenging...

In search of the World Cup

Most of the time, I’m perfectly happy being without cable TV. I can catch the news and weather just about any time I want it (and there’s always the computer), and we can stream all the movies and commercial-free programs we have time to watch. About the only time I get upset...

Minimum wage does maximum harm

A minimum wage law, in essence, outlaws employ-ment. If two parties volun-tarily agree to trade money for labor, they should be free from government interference to determine at what rate this exchange should take place. Limiting opportunities for exchange does not make people...

Latest budget cuts hit a sour note

I have a long history with the North Carolina education system. I went through public school in Wake Forest. My children went to school here, and I have grandchildren currently enrolled. My parents were both teachers, and while I didn’t follow them into the teaching profession, I...

To pay more, employ fewer

If Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly enact a 2014-15 budget that eliminates some government positions in order to fund pay raises for other government employees, they’ll get criticized in the usual manner by the usual people. So what? Such a decision would be consistent...

Legislators improve reading initiative

The General Assembly did something unusual June 5. Legislators admitted there were problems with a law enacted in 2012, worked in a bipartisan fashion to amend it, and probably saved what is an important, well-meaning initiative from causing more harm than good. Read to Achieve,...

Teachers asked to trade security for pay raise

Teachers may have a big decision ahead: Take the pay raise but lose career status job security, or keep career status and get no raise, maybe for as long as Republicans control the General Assembly. Many a North Carolina family will gather at the kitchen table this month if the...

Bill would offer handouts to Hollywood cronies

Do you think your taxes are too high? Would you like a tax break? Well, some N.C. legislators are happy to give you a big tax break — if you are a big Hollywood film studio. For years, North Carolina poli-ticians have been tugging on the Armani sleeves of Hollywood execs to offer...

Not all ’possums sleep in the road, bless your heart

If you see a female person wearing a T-shirt, probably pink, with G.R.I.T.S. on the front, it has nothing to do with food. It stands for Girl Raised in the South, of which I am one. I don’t have the proper T-shirt, because I’m not big on shirts with writing on them, but I do know...

Who really opposes free speech?

In a free society, the right to express one’s political views without governmental restraint or reprisal ought to be sacrosanct. Unfortunately, it isn’t. Some politicians and activists seem to believe they have the right not just to express their views but also to limit the right...

Coralee “Corky” Blewitt, 73

Coralee “Corky” Blewitt, 73, of Wake Forest, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. She was born in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Anna Pochuvay Blewitt and Raymond Blewitt, and was retired from Athey Products in Wake Forest. A private...