Category: Opinion

  • Face of health care is changing

    The disproportionate growth of physician assistants and nurse practitioners was especially pronounced in North Carolina’s rural areas, where proximity to medical providers is of greatest concern.

  • When taxes (almost) killed tap

    Historians of swing music and tap dancing alike point to a proximate cause for a sharp decline in both art forms that began in the mid-1940s: a federal excise tax.

  • Pipeline report reveals abuse of power

    Investigators concluded that Gov. Roy Cooper had “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure Duke Energy for concessions as it sought permits for a natural-gas pipeline.

  • Conservatives might need a dose of the 1970s  

    The times have a fin de siècle feel for small-government conservatives. The Republican Party is now “owned” by Donald Trump who, in his first year, increased government expenditures by 86% over the last budget proposed by George W. Bush in 2008. The self-professed “king of debt” requested…

  • When government push comes to shove

    Government is inevitable and necessary because human beings are flawed creatures with temptations, inherent in our unchangeable human natures, to break the very rules that allow civilization to flourish.

  • States should drive health reform

    Democrats and Republicans have been debating health care reform for decades in Washington. It’s the wrong location — and which national plan to adopt is the wrong question.

  • Must test scores be political weapons?

    The fact that North Carolina is significantly above average when it comes to the estimated effectiveness of schools ought to serve as a helpful corrective to the hyperbole that so often pervades political debates about education policy.