Opinion (Page 5)

  • North Carolina should raise age

    While the juvenile justice system can cost more in the short run, it appears to produce lower rates of recidivism — of young offenders committing more crimes in the future.

  • PARODY: Jordan, NBA lead fight against state feline

    A proposal to name North Carolina’s state cat was purring toward passage. But the measure designating the bobcat as the state feline became entwined in controversy after basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan began a dogged campaign to stop it, with the help of the NBA, Carolina Journal…

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • Are smartphones making teens dumb and dumber?

    Smartphones are teenagers’ constant companions. The last thing teens check at night before drifting off to sleep, phones occupy pride of place in the morning routine, too. Even pillow talk — the digital kind — is common:  Many teens sleep with their phones, maintaining 24/7 accessibility for Snapchats, texts, and…

  • Sen. Burr working quietly to keep North Carolina safe

    I recently had the opportunity to interview U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for my public affairs program “Front Row” on UNC-TV. In full disclosure, I have known Richard since 1992 when a mutual friend introduced us and asked me to help with paid media in the waning days of his campaign.

  • State budget crisis unlikely, fiscal expert says

    The Insider reported recently about a Fiscal Research Division analysis showing the Senate’s “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” would lead to $600 million shortfalls in three of the next five years. Fiscal staff started from the assumption that state government would do all the same things the…

  • Lawsuit may be the next option for craft breweries

    It would be hard to find a more blatant example of cronyism than the North Carolina law forbidding brewers who produce more than 25,000 barrels per year from selling their products directly to retailers. The law serves no legitimate purpose and exists for two reasons only: to protect the national…