Category: North Carolina

  • UNC president reflects on her first two years

    CHAPEL HILL — Two years after taking her seat as president of the University of North Carolina, Margaret Spellings is “pleased, but not satisfied” with her work so far. It’s been a busy and chaotic climb. During her first year in office, Spellings, along with the…

  • Meeting our needs without taking on more government debt 

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about local government debt. It all started when I was preparing for a presentation and took a look at the Wake County budget for this year.  I nearly fell out of my chair.  This year alone, Wake County’s budget includes just more than $273 million in debt…

  • Protecting our investments in North Carolina 

    Protecting our investments means taking care of what we own.  As state taxpayers, we own a lot of stuff — office, school and university buildings, state agencies and department offices, courthouses, prisons, libraries, books … and lots of land. North Carolina owns 42 parks, a symphony orchestra, a zoo, and seven history and two art museums.   …

  • Latest ACP permit goes through with little controversy

    Little fanfare surrounded the state Department of Environmental Quality’s most recent decision to issue an air quality permit connected with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. The permit, issued Tuesday, Feb. 27, is for the Northampton Compressor Station. It isn’t the last permit necessary for the 600-mile…