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...

School woes aren’t werewolves

John Locke Foundation by John Hood Because of the tremendous benefits conferred by better education, it would be great if policymakers knew precisely what silver bullets to fire to eliminate obstacles to higher achievement. But obstacles to achievement aren’t werewolves. They are...

Courts agree GOP overstepped in abortion law

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon Critics of Republican leadership in the General Assembly are often quick to use words such as “extreme” to describe policies pushed by the majority. Republicans use the same rhetoric about Democrats’ ideas. Sometimes, critics exaggerate...

Burr favored in duel

by John Hood Pretty much as soon as the polls closed on Election Day 2014, the political prognosticators began laying bets on what will happen by Election Day 2016. At the national level, attention quickly focused on the seemingly endless parade of Republicans seeking to take on...