Archive: CJ Exclusives

  • NC Cities Go On Annexation Binge

    CHARLOTTE — In 1990, the city of Charlotte had a population of just under 400,000. By 2000, its population had grown to about 540,000, a 35 percent increase over the decade. Most of the city’s growth came from annexing 68 square miles of land. Under North Carolina law, Charlotte did…

  • The Lung Association Gets It Wrong

    RALEIGH — As the American Lung Association prepares to release its annual State of the Air report Thursday, including county rankings that often receive significant media attention, a new study from the John Locke Foundation calls into question the usefulness of the ALA ranking system, particularly when applied to North…

  • Cheating, Ethical Violations Growing

    RALEIGH—Unethical behavior is rampant on college campuses and in society today, the director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University said Monday. A survey of college-bound seniors in 1998 revealed that many young people do not perceive cheating as a serious ethical problem. Many of them have taken…

  • Farm Policies Cost Families a Bundle

    RALEIGH — Agricultural subsidies cost an average American family of four about $200 a year, a UNC-CH doctoral candidate told an April 21 luncheon audience at the John Locke Foundation. While the United States differs from Europe in the implementation of farm policies, their effect is the same: less food…

  • Group Won’t Release DFI-Related Info

    RALEIGH — In an apparent violation of North Carolina Public Records Law, an economic development agency refuses to release information on some of its operations. The Northeastern NC Regional Economic Development Partnership claims it is not a public agency and is not subject to the public records law.The group is…

  • Home Schooling an Academic Journey

    RALEIGH — Between 1.9 and 2.2 million children in the United States “go to school with mom,” and many make creative use of museums, travel, and family businesses to achieve educational success. North Carolinians for Home Education estimates that as of March 2003, about 26,000 North Carolina families had registered…

  • “International Seal of Approval”?

    DURHAM -- Does the United States need the legitimacy of the United Nations in democratizing Iraq? Does the United Nations have legitimacy to give to this process? Three distinguished panelists discussed, and disagreed, on the answers to these questions during the Confronting Iraq workshop sponsored by Duke University earlier this…

  • On Being a Substitute Teacher

    RALEIGH — On a typical day in North Carolina, hundreds of substitute teachers take control of classes in the state’s 117 public systems, filling in for faculty that are sick, on vacation, or attending conferences. Parents may hear a passing reference to these stand-ins as children give a synopsis of…

  • House’s Budget Wasn’t Timely

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina House has moved with uncharacteristic speed to devise a budget plan for the 2003-05 biennium, but a preliminary analysis by the John Locke Foundation questions whether the proposal is truly well-timed.The Spotlight briefing paper, published Thursday, looked at state spending trends and potential budget savings…

  • Divestiture Issue Returns to Campus

    RALEIGH — Movements are underway on college campuses nationwide to cause them to “divest” in holdings that support causes promoters find odious. The campaigns hearken to those in the 1980s where colleges refused to do business with South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. The most well-known current campaign…