Archive: Carolina Journal Opinions

  • People Will Move to Where They Are Happy

    RALEIGH — In October, French President Nicolas Sarkozy rather gleefully presented a report written by a group of distinguished economists. Led by Nobel Laureate and Clinton administration official Joseph Stiglitz, the academics concluded that increasing the gross domestic product or GDP to an appreciable extent in a sustained manner should…

  • Toxic Brew for Taxpayers

    RALEIGH — Government isn’t run like a business. It does, however, often offer aid — politely called “incentives ” — to businesses. And that can be a toxic brew for taxpayers, especially if local governments don’t engage in the same sort of due diligence that a well-run business would. Winston-Salem’s…

  • Much-Maligned Tenthers Have a Point

    RALEIGH -- Since 1789, the major political question has been concerning the paradox of dual sovereignty: To what extent shall we be national and to what extent shall we be federal? To what extent shall the United States government be sovereign and to what extent shall a state be sovereign?…

  • Bob Novak: American Patriot

    RALEIGH -- With the passing of Bob Novak in August, America has lost one of the 20th century’s last great reporters. He was the consummate “shoe leather” reporter who had what the old-school journalists referred to as a nose for a story.

  • My Climb Up the Learning Curve

    RALEIGH -- When I joined the Pope Center three years ago, I thought I knew a fair bit about higher education. In addition to reading widely to prepare for the job, I’d spent more than 20 years as an editor working with academic scholars — and I am married to…

  • Mind the Gap: Rethinking Achievement Inequity

    RALEIGH -- Newly released data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicate we have made some notable strides toward racial parity, nationally and in selected states. However, we have miles still to go, especially in North Carolina.

  • A Yellow Light for Online Education

    My experience taking online courses at UNC-Chapel Hill makes me wonder about the enthusiasm for them. In my view, the content is too easy, the online discussions are pretty much worthless, and the professors are rarely around.