Letter grades are tough love for education

by Patrick Gannon Tough love is now part of government’s role. That’s what happened in many areas across North Carolina last week when every public and charter school in the state was given an A-to-F grade for the 2013-14 school year by the State Board of Education. More schools...

Fair is not foul

by John Hood At the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, three grotesque witches enter the stage with thunder rumbling in the background. You may recall that the witches ending up chanting in unison: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and filthy air.” The...

A compass for Valentine’s Day

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day with romantic cards, dinners, flowers, chocolates, etc., we express love and affection. Honestly, most of us would like to improve in the love department. The good news: this is entirely possible, if we know what to do. We need both a map and a...

Restoration is theme early in session

by Patrick Gannon The theme of the first week of the General Assembly session could be summed up adequately with one word: “restoration.” And not just because 170 legislators came back to town for the long legislative session, bringing the political divisiveness that is Jones...

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...