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...

From shopping bags to diesel fuel

My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits under the kitchen sink and the wastebasket that’s in the bathroom. I also have the joy of using them to pick up...

McCrory gets ambitious on teacher pay

Gov. Pat McCrory mentioned the word himself when he announced his pay plan for teachers: respect. A lot of teachers around the state don’t feel like they have received much of that R-E-S-P-E-C-T from state policymakers lately. McCrory’s teacher pay plan might help to salve some...

The play’s not the thing

Puzzled by the past several months of histrionics about North Carolina’s election-law changes? You’re hardly alone. By any objective standard, the Voter Identification and Verification Act enacted last year was commonsensical in structure and modest in potential effects. Most...

Jane a brilliant navigator

We made a new best friend while we were in England. Her name was Jane, and she was the navigation system that lived in the rental car. She led us on motorways, across roundabouts, down country lanes and narrow byways, into parking lots, to restaurants and gardens, through...

Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests. Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom...

Ignore the slanders; tax reform is working

North Carolina’s historic 2013 tax reform is once again under attack, and once again the critics are using misleading claims and false narratives to deceive the public. Based on a flawed report produced by the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget & Tax Center, new ads falsely claim...

Ash spill raises fears

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream. When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle. That was the message from the City of Wilmington’s proud and...

Renewing the debate on renewables

One of the more bitter fights that occurred in the North Carolina General Assembly last year involved whether lawmakers should repeal a 2007 requirement that electricity suppliers get a portion of their power from renewable sources of energy. North Carolina is one of 27 states...