Opinion | 2012 Archive
Apr. 30th In Favor of the Buffet Rule
I donít understand all the fuss about the proposed Buffet Rule. I think it should be the guiding principle for government at all levels.
Apr. 27th David Parker Didn't Do It
If North Carolina Democrats have a horrible cycle this year, you can be sure that candidates and activists will try to blame the recent sexual-harassment mess at party headquarters.
Apr. 27th The Myth of Higher Education
Too many students expect a college degree to guarantee them a job upon graduation.
Apr. 26th Education: A National Security Concern
Failing public schools pose a greater risk than you might expect.
Apr. 26th Resist the Urge to Merge
The available research does not support the notion that local-government consolidation is inherently in the public interest.
Apr. 25th Three Transportation Governors
During the past century, education has usually trumped transportation as an election issue. But every 30 years or so, a North Carolina governor has made the issue his own.
Apr. 25th CJ Editorial: Drilling Through the Dental Debate
Senate Bill 655 would set into law restrictive regulations controlling the financing and operation of dental practices, while adding others.
Apr. 24th Carolina's Road to Improvement
How many times have you heard that North Carolina has the largest network of state-maintained roads in the country? The statement is true but often misunderstood.
Apr. 23rd David Parker Didnít Do It
If North Carolina Democrats have a horrible cycle this year, you can be sure that some will try to blame the recent sexual-harassment mess at party headquarters.
Apr. 20th North Carolina's Climate Improves
You can more successfully predict the economic performance of states with business-cost measures than with quality-of-life measures.
Apr. 19th Flashback: Freedom in Black and White
The distinguishing characteristic of a free society is that its citizens don't wake up in the morning expecting government to solve their problems.
Apr. 18th Flashback: Money Trees and Lunar Cheese
If money really grew on trees, we wouldnít need the market process. No, wait, thatís not really true. Bargaining is an inescapable aspect of human nature.
Apr. 17th Flashback: And To The Republic...
If you really want to stir up a hornetsí nest, go to a certain kind of modern-day conservative gathering and say, ďIím so glad that America is a democracy.Ē
Apr. 16th Flashback: Right Choice on Philosophy
You do not enjoy the right to speak, or to seek your fortune, or worship as you choose because a government has given you permission to do so.
Apr. 13th How Governments Abuse Their Power
Weíve fallen pretty far down the slippery slope of abusive government. Letís start climbing.
Apr. 12th North Carolina's Climate Improves
Rep. Dale Folwell was the primary sponsor of a workers' comp bill that strengthened oversight, adjusted benefit formulas, and increased protection against fraudulent claims.
Apr. 11th Magic Words Aren't Enough
Politically speaking, it was an incantation designed to give Americans the impression that the bill would protect patients and make health care more affordable.
Apr. 10th How Governments Abuse Their Power
Using public cost as an excuse for intruding on the rights of private individuals is a common temptation. It must be resisted.
Apr. 9th Three Models for Tax Reform
North Carolinaís tax code is archaic, unwieldy, unfair, and unfriendly to the creation of new businesses and jobs in our state.
Apr. 6th When Truth Lost Its Temper
North Carolina public schools still have slightly more operating money this year, about $8,400 per pupil, than they did in 2005-06.
Apr. 5th The Occupy Movement Returns
Video of obscene signs and gestures, squalid encampments, and crowds of leftists exchanging anarchist hand gestures do not qualify as good optics for a political movement.
Apr. 4th The Merit of Assessing Teachers
if North Carolina hired, evaluated, and paid teachers on the basis of performance, there would be tremendous educational, fiscal, and economic benefits.
Apr. 3rd They Walked the Line
North and South Carolina may have begun life as part of the same 17th century colony, but they soon became very different places.
Apr. 2nd When Truth Lost Its Temper
The difference between the Democratic and Republican education budgets amounted to less than 1 percent of teaching positions statewide.
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