Opinion (Page 8)

  • Turning data into action to boost low-income math whizzes

    It seems reasonable to expect that public school students who achieve the highest-level scores on standardized math tests ought to get the first shot at placement in advanced math classes the following year. A measure moving through the General Assembly would turn that reasonable expectation into state…

  • Fake news distorts political debate

    Progressive and populist populations have frequently cited the expansion of the gig economy as a justification for pet policies ranging from expanding health insurance to strengthening labor unions and restricting international trade.

  • Bridging the state’s health-care divide

    Here’s a simple illustration of the urban/rural population divide in North Carolina: The state’s two most-populous counties — Wake and Mecklenburg — are home to about as many people as the total number of residents in the 18 smallest counties. The spread between dense and sparse is growing. …

  • Cooper, not lawmakers, divides N.C. taxpayers by income

    Recent rhetoric from Gov. Roy Cooper attempts to pit North Carolina taxpayers against one another. His comments target individuals earning more than $100,000 and married couples earning more than $200,000. The Democratic governor suggests Republican leaders of the N.C. General Assembly favor those groups over people with lower incomes. But…

  • Carolina voters are often polled

    North Carolinians can easily diversify their survey diet, as we are well served by a stable of reputable pollsters who take the political temperature of our state on a regular basis.

  • Steady budgets win fiscal race

    When a recession comes, North Carolina won’t have to resort to panicky cuts or costly tax increases, thanks to a disciplined approach to spending and saving taxpayers' money.

  • Time for a primetime Oval Office address on immigration

    President Trump seemed to be cruising along throughout the spring. You could say he was on roll. Chief of Staff John Kelly had brought order and much-needed discipline to the staff, which in the president’s first year often seemed chaotic and was plagued with unforced errors. That scenario now seems…

  • Vote wisely when considering constitutional amendments 

    What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session? Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session Adjournment Resolution. Important issues such as school funding, certificate of need repeal, work requirements for Medicaid, repeal of the capital gains tax, changes to the ABC system, and more will be delayed until 2019.  But there’s still plenty of work for legislators. Cross-over bills…

  • Democrats favor business tax cuts

    In investment terms, Democrats think the state should actively manage a targeted portfolio of tax cuts, while Republicans favor a diversified portfolio of tax cuts — applying to all businesses, large and small.