Opinion (Page 4)

  • Bust bullying, boost school success

    Mean girls and callous boys are nothing new. They’ve stalked school hallways and commandeered cafeterias for years. Yet bullies’ arsenal of pain-inflicting tools has never been more relentless; smartphones and social media platforms have erased boundaries of time and space. Anytime, anywhere: So go the slings and arrows of the…

  • 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…

  • Redistricting reform for the right reasons

    RALEIGH — People can at times support positive public policy proposals for the wrong reasons. While it’s a good idea to welcome their support, it’s also fair to point out that the policy they advocate is not likely to achieve their goals. Take, for example, the issue of redistricting reform.

  • When trade is free, there are only surpluses

    One of the great myths bought into by much of the general public, politicians, and media pundits is that trade deficits are bad for the economy. The idea dates back to the pre-Adam Smith (1776) days of mercantilism and is ultimately based on the notion that it is…

  • 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…