Opinion (Page 7)

  • Lingering lessons from a short but ongoing session 

    Environmental concerns are real and warranted, particularly when it comes to public health. The GenX chemical produced by Chemours has been found in water supplies and the impact on human health is still being explored. The company has installed carbon absorption units and promises a $100-million pollution reduction project. In…

  • Time to forget our ABCs

    We should sell government liquor stores and warehouses to private interests, eliminate regulatory barriers to competition, and confine government’s role to enforcing a minimum-age requirement and punishing criminal acts.

  • In the wake of Silent Sam

    I studied history at a college with a Confederate soldier monument during the biggest progressive social upheaval since the 1960’s. I know just about every single way that old boy can be interpreted. What those idealistic college kids and older antagonizers recently did in Chapel…

  • Parties differ on government’s scope

    There are many specific issues, concerns, programs, and personalities that divide the parties, but they mainly reflect a fundamental difference of opinion about what government is and what it ought to do.

  • Trade is always and everywhere reciprocal

    There is a puzzling expression regularly being used by members of the Trump administration that, they argue, describes a major goal of their protectionist trade policies: “reciprocal trade.” The expression is troubling because, as an economist, I understand that all trade, by definition, is reciprocal. It is best to think of…

  • It’s not all Charlotte and Raleigh

    Our two most-populous counties are responsible for a disproportionate share of North Carolina’s recent economic gains — but other counties, small and large, are also experiencing robust growth.

  • De-strawed customers are ‘distrawght’

    In the “summer of plastic straw bans,” North Carolina’s restaurant industry is feeling the heat. “Drunk people, they are walking around without straws and they are confused,” Hibernian Assistant General Manager Susan Kemben said. After a video of…

  • Monument protests marred by illegality

    We simply can’t have people defacing public property because legal attempts to redress their grievances haven’t yet succeeded, or attempting to coerce government agencies to comply by threatening criminal action.