Opinion (Page 654)

  • Wrong Way North Carolina

    While the rest of the country is seeing the beginning of an economic rebound, North Carolina is leading the nation in new jobless claims — a fact that should jolt our leaders into action on creating a more pro-growth climate in the state.

  • Mike McIntyre’s Silly Idea

    The 7th District Congressman wants to create another federal authority like the Appalachian Regional Commission to dispense federal dollars to North Carolina and other Southeastern states. Oh, where to start...

  • Valiant, Inadequate Effort on Medicaid

    HHS Secretary Carmen Hooker Buell and her staff have implemented some welcome cost controls in North Carolina’s budget-busting Medicaid. But to close another huge deficit this year, state leaders will have to do far more.

  • Taxes, Taxes Everywhere

    Do low property taxes in North Carolina make up for our high income and sales taxes? Not as much as they used to. Our property taxes have grown faster than average, and 2002 may be yet another year of big tax hikes.

  • The Tyranny of Public Health

    Fresh from expanding their purview far beyond its proper bounds in areas like smoking and gun control, North Carolina public health officials now have a new target for vilification: urban sprawl.

  • What Scares Health Socialists

    Medical inflation is back with a vengeance, but to the dismay of “single-payer” advocates it may lead not to abolishing private insurance but instead to new ways of empowering families to make their own health care decisions.

  • Roy Cooper and the Disco

    The attorney general’s office is offering contradictory arguments in two different redistricting cases — thus giving plaintiffs seeking to overturn state legislative districts a wide opening to employ an ingenious debating tactic.

  • More Confusion on Lottery

    The Easley administration can’t seem to get its act together. On the governor’s signature issue of a proposed state lottery, projections of North Carolina revenue “loss” to its neighbors vary wildly — and are poorly understood.