Opinion (Page 653)

  • Not Serious on Budget

    n his press conference yesterday, Gov. Easley foolishly ruled out shrinking the government workforce as one way of closing a growing budget gap — even as New York Gov. George Pataki announced plans for thousands of job cuts in the coming year.

  • Diversifying NC’s Portfolio

    A major factor explaining why North Carolina’s economy has been so hard hit by the recent recession is a lack of diversity in our manufacturing base. While other states have fostered broad entrepreneurial growth, NC has bet on a few industries.

  • Patriot Games

    It doesn't get any better than this — in the year that terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon, a team called the Patriots has won the Superbowl.

  • Marc Basnight, Dying Breed?

    North Carolina’s urban areas are growing faster than the rest of the state, leading some to predict that cities will gain political clout in statewide elections and the General Assembly — and more representation in legislative leadership.

  • Why Incumbents Are Smiling

    A new analysis of North Carolina’s new legislative districts shows why so many incumbents on both sides are smiling. Their seats will get much safer in the 2002 elections and beyond, while only 20 of 120 seats are now seen as “swing districts.”…

  • Students not-so-surprisingly silent over tuition increases

    Less than a year after hundreds of University of North Carolina students marched to the Capitol to protest UNC budget cuts and large tuition increases, tuition increases are again being proposed for several UNC schools, yet the students are now mute. They were in August when legislators debated a 9…