Opinion (Page 9)

  • N.C. prison system setting people up to fail

    Imagine a man serving a 20-year prison sentence. He’s told when to eat and what to wear, and he lacks the option of opening a door. He has little to no independence or free will. This man, like so many prisoners in North Carolina, spends a long time in solitary…

  • Tax reform that boosts K-12 choices 

    Funding private school just got a little bit easier. A provision in the new federal tax law expands the use of tax-advantaged 529 accounts to include K-12 tuition. Established 20-plus years ago, 529 plans were created to help families save for college and accrue tax-free earnings on contributions. Will expansion…

  • Revolving around the president’s sun 

    Donald Trump is the sun of the contemporary American political system. Its institutions, such as Congress, the parties, the media, the states, think tanks, popular culture all revolve around him as if planets. On a recent visit to the United Kingdom, I discovered his gravitational pull extends far beyond our shores. The president structures…

  • Lead with mind, not chin

    During Roy Cooper's first year as governor, North Carolina had grown less robustly and added jobs at a slower rate than it did when Pat McCrory was governor.

  • A fight that’s not worth having

    If you can’t beat ‘em, sue ‘em. It has been the default setting of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his liberal allies even before the governor took office 14 months ago.  Any time the Republican-led General Assembly moved to assert its authority, the Left has given a simple response:…