Archive: Daily Journal

  • Our economy needs new enterprises

    State economic development incentive programs are unlikely to increase entrepreneurial activity and may decrease it, while economic freedom — less taxation and regulation — is a more promising strategy.

  • Restricting consumer choice is folly

    For decades, owners of homes and cars had valuable capital sitting unused. There were no practical means of discovering customers, coordinating schedules, or facilitating payment. Then the Internet showed up.

  • Will constitutional amendments affect voter turnout in N.C.?

    This November, lawsuits permitting, North Carolinians will vote in referendums on six constitutional amendments. The issues they will address are crime victims’ rights, a right to hunt and fish, the method for filling vacancies on the states’ courts, the establishment of a bipartisan elections commission, a cap on…

  • Out go the classics in English classrooms  

    Classic literature has fallen from favor in English class. The movement away from the literary canon, begun decades ago, has accelerated rapidly following adoption of Common Core standards by most states eight years ago. Some states, including North Carolina, have revised these standards. But the devaluation of classic literature is…

  • Silent Sam must be restored

    To allow the mob to achieve its objective in removing Silent Sam would reward criminality, weaken the rule of law, and set a dangerous precedent. What might the next mob do?…

  • State won’t retreat on school choice

    The existence of competition in higher education is a positive force in driving reforms at the public campuses, while competition among taxpayer-subsidized hospitals generates better results than a hospital cartel or monopoly.

  • Lingering lessons from a short but ongoing session 

    Environmental concerns are real and warranted, particularly when it comes to public health. The GenX chemical produced by Chemours has been found in water supplies and the impact on human health is still being explored. The company has installed carbon absorption units and promises a $100-million pollution reduction project. In…

  • Time to forget our ABCs

    We should sell government liquor stores and warehouses to private interests, eliminate regulatory barriers to competition, and confine government’s role to enforcing a minimum-age requirement and punishing criminal acts.