Category: Opinion

  • Tribal warfare rules D.C. politics

    Looking for civility from our elected officials in Washington, D.C.? Forget about it. Bipartisan cooperation is a phrase that is infrequently used and rarely practiced. Obstruction, delay, and resistance are the tactics of the Democratic leaders in Congress: Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and his counterpart in the House,…

  • Pick your fights, governor

    Gov. Roy Cooper soon must deal with the first piece of legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. The way he handles House Bill 39 could signal how combative the governor will be the rest of the session. H.B. 39 would reduce the number of seats on the UNC…

  • DeVos attackers surrender high ground

    The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She was also subjected to…

  • A tale of two recoveries

    The following editorial appeared in the February 2017 print edition of Carolina Journal: Timing matters, in both stand-up comedy and interpreting statistical trends. Left-leaning groups are likely to seize on findings by N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, in his monthly Carolina Journal column (reprinted here), to deflate the…