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...

Candidates at starting line

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats and independent-expenditure...

Is the economy recession prone?

Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives — earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Economists call these types of choices microeconomic...

Licensing boards protect businesses, not consumers

Professional licensing boards are prevalent in states across the country and pretend to be consumer protection agencies. But in reality, such boards were established as — and continue to be — political tools to protect the current class of professionals and businesses from...

There has to be a better way to run a state

Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the “sine die,” followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, “There has to be a better way to run a state.” Republicans sang that song when Democrats ran things. Now the...

Incumbents squash challengers in fundraising

Chalk it up as another way that incumbent legislators in general have a distinct advantage over challengers in N.C. General Assembly races this and every other election year. Besides the name recognition and the drawing of legislative districts to favor one political party over...

Alternative energy failures abroad should serve as warning

At $3.65 a gallon, gas is already expensive enough. Now imag-ine paying an additional carbon tax every time you fill up. That’s what a new report from the United Nations has recommended. To combat global climate change, the United Nations has urged governments everywhere to...

Sticking with the winning playbook

Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more tools for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and other...

ISIS: Deal with it now

by Dr. Earl Tilford During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead, and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone, and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic...

Ayers’ victim deserve support

By Nadia Stevens The first couple years I played softball for Jamie Ayers were fine — he wasn’t a great coach, but he certainly wasn’t the worst. Things didn’t take a serious turn until the end of my stay. The environment was so negative that around five of my teammates and I...