Opinion (Page 5)

  • Repeal Obamacare Light: NC should abandon insurance mandates

    It is now widely recognized that Obamacare’s insurance mandates are one of the many parts of that legislation contributing to the increasing costs of health insurance. These mandates abandon the concept of consumer sovereignty by forcing people to purchase health insurance coverage they may not need or want.

  • Calling foul on Charlotte’s soccer stadium plans

    RALEIGH — Before joining the John Locke Foundation, I spent 28 years in the sports industry as an executive, investment banker and consultant. I’ve studied and worked with lots of the sports leagues and have been involved in various transactions and consultations — including several sports venue financings. I am…

  • Charlotte backing away from MLS stadium plan

    From John Locke Foundation city and county policy analyst Julie Tisdale: Charlotte was supposed to vote late tomorrow afternoon on a proposal to fund 25% of a new soccer stadium.  While the county voted this morning to proceed, the Charlotte mayor just released this statement: We are canceling the…

  • N.C. governments want in on booming spirits business

    The state of North Carolina has been in the liquor business for almost 80 years, ever since it established the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission in 1937. Lately, local governments around North Carolina have bellied up to the bar to get a taste of this booming market. It’s also gone…

  • Be realistic about bipartisanship

    In a political climate more civil than the one we have now, in which Democrats and Republicans have more productive discussions, you will still be routinely disappointed with outcomes.

  • PARODY: UNC study leads to cancellation of football programs

    Moved to action by a recently published study from UNC-Chapel Hill professor Andrew Reynolds, football coaches at colleges and universities across North Carolina — with a few exceptions — have asked the NCAA to dissolve their football programs and shift funding and resources to basketball. The study ranked North Carolina’s…

  • Can lawmakers, governor find common ground?

    Opening day of the 2017-18 General Assembly was filled with warm greetings, friendly exchanges, and promises of compromise. After a short break, lawmakers have returned to get down to the real work of the session. It’s time to govern. But can lawmakers find common ground? Some areas of common interest…