Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 29, Number 6 – June 2020

On the cover

• The cost of social distancing: Restaurants struggle as governor dishes out scraps of lockdown relief



• COVID-19 poll, Page 2

• Sunshine Amendment could test lawmakers’ commitment to transparency, Page 3

• The N.C. General Assembly in May passed two bills dealing with fallout from COVID-19, Page 4

• UNC board votes to keep tuition, fees flat for coming school year, Page 5

• DOT overspending blasted by state auditor, Page 6

• Pandemic cuts into meat supply, Page 7

• Shadows of a pandemic: Depression and anxiety, Page 8

• Hospitals not immune from fallout of virus, lockdown, Page 8

• Another casualty: Those who won’t — or can’t — seek care, Page 9

• N.C. bars and clubs mix creative strategies in effort to survive, Page 11

• The roots of social distancing, Page 11

• Timeline: Pandemics in history — and how ‘governments’ responded, Page 12

• Schools getting long, arduous lesson in facing COVID-19, Page 12



• Q&A with Casey Mulligan: Pandemic offers excellent opportunity to scuttle unnecessary regulations, Page 14



• Amy Cooke commentary: One lawyer’s dream come true: Getting Democrats elected, Page 2

• Terry Stoops commentary: How will North Carolina schools look in fall?, Page 15

• Kristen Blair commentary: Waitlisted, for now: Traditional college dreams and admissions, Page 16

• George Leef commentary: Math professor mocks a leftist belief, gets fired, Page 17

• Martin Center staff commentary: How UNC can save money post COVID-19, Page 17

• Becki Gray commentary: Stressed over the pandemic, yet prepared for what comes next, Page 18

• Mitch Kokai commentary: Stay-at-home debate reminds us about importance of trade-offs, Page 19

• John Trump commentary: The festivals are silent, but we may now need music more than ever, Page 22

• Andy Taylor commentary: Work over past decade means N.C. in better position to recover after pandemic, Page 23

• Michael Walden commentary: Some collective thoughts about the coronavirus, Page 23

• Jordan Roberts commentary: It’s time to rethink the employer-sponsored health insurance model, Page 24


Commentary by John Hood

• Education debate need not be vicious, Page 2

• Crisis may drive turn to suburbs, Page 21

• Debt only delays what is due, Page 21