Category: Opinion

  • Past governors budgeted more carefully

    The state had already promised billions of dollars in spending over the coming year that it cannot finance with expected revenue. Now it faces additional spending requirements because of COVID.

  • COVID response creates policy options

    Although working from home provides a great deal of flexibility and potential benefits, professional and personal, most of us don’t want to make it our default setting — even after, or perhaps because of, being ordered to work from home this spring during the initial response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Spy and statesman fought for freedom

    When the Civil War broke out in 1861, escaped slave Abraham Galloway performed another brave act: he returned to the South to work as a spy, and later as a recruiter, for the Union Army.

  • Comparing N.C.’s responses to Spanish Flu and COVID-19

    History repeats itself, but with slight variations. The high-rise jeans of today’s Tik Tok teens hit different than the stiff acid-washed denim from the 1980s, but they elicit déjà vu nonetheless. Likewise, the global pandemic of today is a somewhat different monster than the one that ravaged the world more…

  • Marxism remains a dangerous idea

    Using physical coercion to suppress ideas you dislike is wrong, whether the perpetrators be public authorities or private mobs, while speaking against those ideas, and choosing not to associate with their purveyors, is fine. What lies between these two poles?…

  • Carolinian led women into medicine

    In addition to being immoral, discrimination is foolishly self-destructive. It keeps companies from hiring the best people and serving the most customers. It throttles innovation. It makes us poorer.