Category: North Carolina

  • N.C. governments seek to go 100 percent renewable; is it realistic?

    The town of Hillsborough and Orange County have turned the holy grail of environmentalism into official public policy. They want to transform into 100 percent renewable energy-powered communities.  But beyond the attention-grabbing headlines, and a 2050 deadline, details matter.  Would sprawling, utility-scale solar power plants be built, and…

  • About holidays, families, and country

    My oldest daughter is a single mom to three and a successful engineer in a top company. She understands the power of education and is fighting for the best opportunities for her children. My son and his wife, parents to my other two grandchildren, are conservationists, and we argue about the appropriate level of government intervention to…

  • Tax Foundation: Typical N.C. family gains nearly $600 from tax reform

    The tax reform legislation approved by Congress and sent to President Trump Wednesday makes sweeping reforms to the national tax landscape, but an influential Washington-based think tank says the new law should have minimal impact on North Carolina’s tax structure. It will, however, return more money to the…

  • Appeals court overrules decision to block Currituck solar farm

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously reversed a Superior Court ruling supporting Currituck County’s authority to block a solar farm. The ruling clears the way for property owner Currituck Sunshine Farm and solar developer Ecoplexus to pursue plans to build a 20 megawatt solar…

  • The Big Cat (allegedly) misbehaved; will N.C. taxpayers get the tab?

    Almost as shocking as the allegations of sexual and racial misconduct about Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson published Friday was the news Sunday night that the founding owner of the NFL franchise would sell it at season’s end. The club also announced Monday Richardson immediately would surrender daily management responsibilities.

  • UNC Board of Governors approves free speech policy

    The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a free speech policy that allows for termination of professors and expulsion of students. The policy, approved Dec. 15, outlines the kind of speech that isn’t protected, which includes unlawful harassment, true and credible threats, or…

  • N.C. State making little effort to promote viewpoint heterogeneity  

    Like just about every university and college these days, mine — N.C. State University — spends millions each year on a sprawling bureaucracy advocating racial, gender, and other types of “cultural” diversity.    A university should be a marketplace of ideas to be discovered, understood, analyzed, and debated. Students and research produced…

  • Hammocks Beach saga ending with announcement of park plan

    The final footnote of decades-long legal battles over coastal land adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County ended Tuesday when the state released a master plan expanding the park. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation’s plan includes a 290-acre mainland addition the state acquired in 2015.