Opinion (Page 7)

  • The idea of ‘fake news’ is really nothing new

    Everyone seems to be talking about fake news these days. Enabled by social media, its originators deal in hoaxes and disinformation. The objectives vary, with some wishing merely to sow confusion, others attempting to influence behavior. The intention is always, however, to mislead. Fake news is old. Benjamin Franklin created…

  • Learning and winning go together

    Learning about why others disagree with you is hardly an impediment to achieving political victories. Nor is learning how to disagree without being an obnoxious jackass.

  • Rainy-day rules attract near-unanimous support

    RALEIGH — Lost beneath headlines highlighting the rancorous repeal of House Bill 2, N.C. lawmakers took another vote on the same day that could produce major long-term positive benefits for state government finances. With no fanfare, the N.C. House voted 111-2 on Thursday to accept the Senate’s version of House…

  • Businesses vote with their feet

    Just as most North Carolinians never volunteered to become grunts in some national war over LGBT rights, most sports leagues and corporate interests never signed up for a perpetual twilight struggle.

  • Sending mixed message, confusing North Carolinians

    Mixed signals. Some things are clear — lower taxes, fewer regulations, skilled workers, and efficient infrastructure lead to economic growth. A robust and growing business community creates jobs. Vouchers offer opportunities to low-income students, and school choice leads to better and more fulfilling educational outcomes. Investments in education and public…

  • New poll reinforces public support for N.C. craft brewers

    Craft beer and small breweries have grown well beyond niche markets. What was once a novelty is now ingrained in a culture that prefers local products emphasizing quality over quantity. Yet North Carolina brewers — and to a larger extent the state’s distillers — are entangled…

  • Left doubles down on double standard

    Regardless of your party or political philosophy, it ought not to concern you if willing members of a campus community, including willing donors, produce academic work with which you have disagreements.

  • Legislature returns to tax reform

    There should be enough fiscal space to accommodate state funding priorities while also continuing to improve North Carolina’s business climate through tax reduction and reform.