Opinion (Page 5)

  • Why we should read the American founders  

    Thomas Jefferson was renowned for stressing that authority ultimately rested with the people and not the government. Self-government often seems more like a theoretical concept today, or even a partisan issue. Ultimately, so much of what we see in politics today is a belief that Americans are no longer capable of governing themselves. They need more rules, and regulations…

  • Learning from Donald Trump’s return to North Carolina

    Donald Trump remains the most polarizing figure in politics. Even in defeat, Trump still sucks energy and oxygen from his detractors. Many still lose their minds. Trump remains beloved by many loyal supporters. A state Trump won twice, North Carolina, has been good to the former president. It’s a major…

  • I pledge allegiance to the flag

    In order to be loved, a country must be lovely. It need not be flawless. In fact, no society—excepting the eternal City—is flawless. But to garner affection, it must be loveable. The World War II generation recognized our nation’s loveliness and gave everything they had to defend it. In fact,…

  • Still room to improve on regs

    Economic growth isn’t driven primarily by existing companies getting a little more productive. It’s driven by innovators with new, sometimes disruptive, ideas.

  • North Carolina’s new redistricting process, a model for the nation

    North Carolina’s history of drawing congressional and legislative districts is challenging to defend for both political parties. Political opportunism and warfare come with the “big pen” when drawing these critical maps, and there is always outrage for those not at the table. Look no further than when Former Republican Co-Speaker…

  • The harsh downsides of ‘Biden bucks’

    In selling the supposed benefits of his recently unveiled spending proposals – that would total more than $4 trillion over several years – President Joe Biden bragged that his plans are “designed to redistribute the nation’s wealth.” On this point, I agree. But the wealth redistribution will not be…

  • History repeats itself

    My undergraduate degree is in journalism, and my graduate degree is in history. That just means I’m interested in the history of journalism.   In our constitutional republic, the importance of a free and honest press and informed citizenry can’t be overstated. As I look at the state…