Archive: Daily Journal

  • Let the sun shine on government — all year long

    Journalists are criticized today for any number of things. They’re biased and even evil. They invent stories and propagate fake news, an allegation, by the way, that’s as dangerous as it is wrongheaded and ridiculous. That’s not what good journalists do. Period. Good journalists are vital…

  • Transparent doesn’t mean invisible

    It seems like all public officials celebrate transparency, until it applies to them. Case in point: Gov. Roy Cooper, who (years ago as attorney general) wrote the introduction to the North Carolina Guide to Open Government and Public Records for the N.C. Press Association. “The spirit with which public…

  • A teachable moment missed with the national school walkout

    On Tuesday, I received a call from school officials informing parents of activities for a “national school walkout,” planned in response to the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday morning, I did what I expect many other parents did. I had a conversation with my children about gun…

  • Arts economy extends beyond film

    When fiscal conservatives argue against tax breaks or subsidies aimed at specific industries, they aren’t arguing that North Carolina ought not to welcome anyone who want to live, work, invest, and build businesses in the state.

  • Modern conservatism is an alliance

    Despite important differences, traditionalists, libertarians, and pragmatists work together within modern conservatism in part because they often share the same political adversaries.

  • Lawmakers’ work is ongoing, and there’s nothing secret about it 

    The state legislature adjourned the 2017 long session June 29. They were done, right? Expected back all afresh and new in spring of 2018 after a long break of doing nothing? Not exactly.   They’ve held special sessions in August, October, and January, when they passed a technical corrections bill, confirmed appointments…

  • N.C. Senate leader serves up delicious distraction

    Props to N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger for guiding the conversation in our state back toward things that matter. Things about which we can happily disagree. Courts, pipelines, solar farms, elections? Nah. Let’s talk barbecue, he says. Better yet, let’s talk barbecue while…

  • North Carolina thrives on trade

    Levying tariffs to jack up steel prices will hurt other manufacturing firms, which employ vastly more North Carolinians (and other Americans) than the steel companies do.