Let’s celebrate school choice

by Bob Luebke National School Choice Week in January highlighted the many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea all year round. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents – not the government –...

New law reduces ACA damage

by Dr. Tracy Miller Unemployment has been falling but the number of Americans not working—or working fewer hours—has remained stubbornly high since 2008. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is part of the reason for this. By requiring businesses with more than...

You Decide: The impacts of tax changes

by Dr. Mike Walden Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes – focusing on...

Fat and the year you were born

The Rock Doctor by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters New Year’s resolutions are being put to the harshest of tests. Gone are the days of early January when all things seemed so easily possible. Now we are in the tougher phase of the year when the will to establish new patterns is being...

Six reasons light-rail plans should terrify N.C.

Civitas Institute by Jim Tynen A few days a week, I ride a Triangle Transit 301 bus to and from the palatial Civitas HQ in the Warehouse District of Raleigh. But even as a transit rider, my blood runs cold when I hear government planners are plotting ways to throw taxpayers’...

Could we see a more moderate GOP?

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon What General Assembly will we get this year? Will we continue to see a strong shift to the right, or will we get a more moderate version of Republican rule for the next two years? We’ll probably get a little bit of both. Yes, we will...

Free speech faces threats

by John Hood Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not. And while no party or faction is immune from the temptation to silence messages or messengers...

Chicken dish brings back memories

Ticker by David Leone There was a time when the press learned of developments through a newswire or ticker. We mostly get our news from calls and e-mails, or from on-the-street conversations. There’s too much to always write an article about, so I’m going to share what I can in...

Racial enrollment regressive

John Locke Foundation by John Hood Another wave of bad publicity and legal questions isn’t what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needs. But that’s exactly what the school is getting, thanks to its longstanding and troubling use of race as a major factor in...

2015 legislative session full of mystery

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon The vagueness was unmistakable. At a news conference last week, state House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger didn’t reveal much about the upcoming legislative session apart from what most who follow state politics already...

10-Point Grading Scale: A Trojan Horse

Civitas Institute by Robert Luebke It’s now official: Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, all North Carolina public high schools will be on a 10-point grading scale. The State Board of Education has approved the plan to have schools throw out the standard A-B-C-D-F system in...

2015 offers McCrory’s biggest test, yet

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon Surrounded by families, friends and fellow lawmakers, 170 incoming members of the General Assembly will get sworn in to two-year terms this week. There will be more than enough smiles, congratulatory handshakes, hugs and photographs to...