Opinion (Page 3)

  • Judging the judge’s response

    District Court Judge Pell Cooper of Rocky Mount thinks we got it wrong. We’ll let you, and others, decide. The judge, who’s the brother of Gov. Roy Cooper and has been on the bench since 1999, took issue with a recent Carolina Journal story by Don Carrington. It asserts…

  • Relating teacher pay to teacher performance   

    In May, about 19,000 North Carolina teachers gathered in Raleigh to “Rally for Respect,” an event organized by the N.C. Association of Educators. The choice of the word “respect” was important. It implied attendees felt disrespected.  By whom? The Republican-led General Assembly, of course. You can select all sorts of statistics, but many…

  • What to know about teens, nicotine, and ‘JUULing’ 

    [Editor’s note: This column was updated after original publication to include recent data.] The latest device flooding schools resembles a flash drive but doesn’t store data. Its purpose: delivering a flavored nicotine hit. Called a JUUL, it’s a hipper iteration of the e-cigarette, which debuted a decade ago. Adolescents, who…

  • Turning data into action to boost low-income math whizzes

    It seems reasonable to expect that public school students who achieve the highest-level scores on standardized math tests ought to get the first shot at placement in advanced math classes the following year. A measure moving through the General Assembly would turn that reasonable expectation into state…

  • Fake news distorts political debate

    Progressive and populist populations have frequently cited the expansion of the gig economy as a justification for pet policies ranging from expanding health insurance to strengthening labor unions and restricting international trade.

  • Bridging the state’s health-care divide

    Here’s a simple illustration of the urban/rural population divide in North Carolina: The state’s two most-populous counties — Wake and Mecklenburg — are home to about as many people as the total number of residents in the 18 smallest counties. The spread between dense and sparse is growing. …