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We need more hospital competition

North Carolina’s hospital sector has undergone lots of mergers and acquisitions over the past decade. Now the pace of change is, if anything, accelerating. Guilford County’s largest hospital, Cone Memorial, has just been acquired by a charitable arm of Kaiser Permanente. Novant Health, also based in the Triad, operates hospitals in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Wilmington, and...

John Hood

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Bill puts marijuana pipe dreams before NC health and safety

Today’s high-potency marijuana and THC drugs are medically and scientifically linked to lower IQ, psychosis, depression, suicidality, motor impairment, and schizophrenia — especially for young people with developing brains.

Luke Niforatos, Paul Brintley
Opinion

Citizens should clarify voting rights

North Carolina voters will be asked this fall to remove a troubling ambiguity in the state constitution. An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of state legislators — 40 of 50 senators, 104 of 120 representatives — voted to place the amendment on the ballot. Nevertheless, say some left-leaning critics, the measure is at best an unnecessary distraction...

John Hood