Archives: Bob Fliss

  • Light-Rail Projections Disappoint Feds

    RALEIGH — Even while North Carolina’s three largest metro areas try to boost their “world class city” credentials with new light-rail transit systems, ridership trends suggest that such prestige projects will only aggravate already-spiraling costs. Nowhere is this more evident than in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, where the Triangle Transit Authority is…

  • City Grapples With Air-Quality Issues

    CHARLOTTE — Charlotte’s air pollution “crisis” raises a subtle question — what is accomplished by coming up with a creative, market-based solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist? The good news here is that Charlotte’s business community seems likely to retain some control over its own destiny as the…

  • A City With Queenly Aspirations

    CHARLOTTE — Charlotte is North Carolina’s “Queen City” — or at least a city with queenly aspirations. The main difference may be that instead of peasants strewing the queen’s path with rose petals, working folks are paving Charlotte’s progress with tax dollars. Recent trends suggest that the city is well…

  • Politics Shape Prospects for Reform

    KERNERSVILLE — The best prospect for a solution to North Carolina’s medical liability “crisis” may be to wait and see whether President Bush will be able to force some action out of Congress. Although national tort reform legislation would no doubt come as a relief to many, it would also…

  • High Speed Trains, Low Ridership

    RALEIGH — At first glance, there may seem a world of difference between a light-rail system transporting urban commuters and a European-style “bullet train” speeding between cities at more than 100 mph. But the underlying economics are remarkably similar, as both require enormous capital outlays and rely on what might…

  • State-Owned Ports, Rail Draw Interest

    RALEIGH — In any look at real property owned by the state, the North Carolina State Ports Authority and the North Carolina Railroad Co. occupy special niches. There has been little serious talk about privatization, even though the enterprises represent millions of dollars worth of assets that could potentially be…

  • Rough Sailing for Navy Landing Field

    RALEIGH — Thanks to a court order, Washington and Beaufort counties are hanging tough in their fight against a U.S. Navy landing field — although to read some of the published reports, one might get the impression that the area was inhabited only by tundra swans, rather than farmers trying…

  • Union Probe Could Include NCAE

    RALEIGH — Landmark Legal Foundation may be looking for new targets in its campaign to bring federal heat on teachers unions that illegally use member dues to fund political activities. Having investigated the powerful National Education Association since the mid-1990s, Landmark may soon be shifting its focus to some of…

  • Schools Must Lose Indian Mascots

    KERNERSVILLE — After a vote by the local school board, Southern Guilford High School will have to give up its name, the Indians, while High Point Andrews High School will be allowed to retain the name Red Raiders but must retire an American Indian mascot. Although the new regulation passed…