Opinion (691)

The global swelling of government power and the associated decline in individual liberty as a response to the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in modern times. New lockdown orders and continued restrictions on mobility and commerce inflict severe human and economic costs, with depression rates soaring and more than 150 million people thrust into extreme global poverty.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:13

OPINION: Thankful, 2020 edition

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It's Thanksgiving week in the United States. Since 1942 by act of Congress, and intermittently before that since the arrival of British settlers in North America, Americans have enjoyed a Thursday holiday around the end of November.

Monday, 23 November 2020 10:42

OPINION: Let's disagree more constructively

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When the Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.

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International Tie Disposal has been the subject of conversation within the Richmond County Community for the past month. ITD has interest in Richmond County solely based on a business transaction with CSX Transportation, whose railyard has called Richmond County home for more than a century. 

North Carolina has an opportunity. Meaning North Carolina as a whole, but also as a sum of its complex and diverse parts.

Friday, 20 November 2020 11:00

COLUMN: Being thankful in the dumpster fire of 2020

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I think a lot of us would agree that 2020 has been a bit of a dumpster fire. It's not quite a nuclear holocaust, but it's a hell of a lot worse than a cup of spilled milk. We know better than to cry over one of those, but some folks I have been talking to lately just want to sit down and cry. 

Thursday, 19 November 2020 11:12

OPINION: John Milton explains freedom of speech

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Recently, I told my wife that the 2020 election follies made me think of John Milton. She commented that I may have been the only one in America to make that connection to the second most important author in the English language, after Shakespeare, best known for his poetry. After all, very little of this year’s politics has been poetic (though it could be argued to fit somewhere in Paradise Lost). I was thinking of Milton’s prose.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 20:13

OPINION: Will Biden listen to the science?

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has not been officially declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but that has not stopped him from forming a coronavirus task force. The task force is composed of supporters of increased government control.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 12:57

OPINION: Good news on the state budget

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the economic downturn poke in the state budget? Would cash-strapped localities come begging for aid? Would lawmakers feel compelled to raise taxes or cut spending drastically to balance the books?

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