Category: Law & Regulation

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas is an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Robeson County is where North Carolina ends. Interstate 95 cuts straight through…

  • Partisan elections shouldn’t lead to a partisan judiciary

    “Politics have no place in our court system in North Carolina or any place else. Fairness deserves better than that, equality deserves better than that, and justice deserves better than that.” Fine sentiments, expressed by N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mike Morgan in a speech late last month at West…

  • UNC-Chapel Hill faculty gives free speech a boost

    CHAPEL HILL — Faculty leaders at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus recently signed a resolution supporting First Amendment rights — a move that’s positive but may have little impact on actual policy, said Laura Beltz, a spokeswoman for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

  • Lifting regulatory barriers to help improve water infrastructure

    Aging water infrastructure is crumbling in North Carolina and throughout the United States. As old pipes face replacement in the years ahead, some advocates hope the N.C. General Assembly will step in to prevent local governments from setting overly strict standards. The concern: Local governments are limiting the types of…

  • Backroads, byways, boondoggles, and brouhahas

    What follows is the first of an occasional column — taken from news sources throughout North Carolina — highlighting how government spends our money and makes other questionable moves about which state residents may not be aware. Reidsville in Rockingham County, like much of that region, has lost much…