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...

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...

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...

Set higher standard for N.C.

Think that the quality of political debate is low and declining? I agree. For a recent, telling example of the problem, consider the debate about North Carolina’s participation in Common Core. Some years ago, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State...

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...

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...