Opinion (Page 3)

  • Reform would boost N.C. incomes

    A new study projects that federal tax reform would lead to more than 29,000 net new jobs in North Carolina as well as an average income gain of about $2,400 for a middle-income family.

  • Elections/ethics board ruling could be bad news for governor

    Earlier this week, a three-judge state Superior Court panel delivered what may be a body blow to part of Gov. Roy Cooper’s goal of reclaiming power from the Republican-dominated General Assembly. The state Supreme Court soon may bring a haymaker — while staying faithful to its constitutional duties as an…

  • Meeting educational needs of military families

    EdChoice recently published “Surveying the Military: What America’s Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Spouses Think About K–12 Education and the Profession.” Researchers Paul DiPerna, Lindsey Burke, and Anne Ryland conducted a national survey of military households to assess their views on school-choice options, district schools, and careers in the military. Their goal was to gain insight into…

  • Following the rules, even when it’s inconvenient

    When members of the N.C. General Assembly’s minority party make extraordinary doom-and-gloom predictions about the consequences of the majority party’s actions, it’s easy to dismiss the comments as political theater. But amid the purely partisan clatter, some of their remarks highlight legitimate concerns. Such is the case with a recent…

  • Rejecting the values that made this country great 

    The major American political parties are in crisis. The proportion of American voters who register as independents has reached 40 percent, rising about 10 percentage points since 2000. A few months ago, unaffiliated voters surpassed Republicans in North Carolina and are quickly gaining ground on the Democrats — that party is actually losing registrants as the state’s population grows. The…

  • Skepticism is healthy, but political posturing is not 

    Since 2011, the Republican-led General Assembly has enacted transformational reforms. These include changes to our tax structure, how we pay for infrastructure, and more options for parents when choosing schools for their children. My colleagues and others have written extensively over the past seven years of the details and the benefits these reforms have had to the state’s economy, its business…