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America’s convoluted, public-private health care system is filled with bad policies and inefficiencies. Government intrusion into the market has rendered it unusable and impenetrable for many. A lack of price transparency is one of the most glaring issues in America’s health care system.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:06

COLUMN: Law and disorder

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Republicans are beside themselves with anger over the illegal toppling of Confederate monuments and the failure of Democrats like Gov. Roy Cooper stopping them. They railed against the lawlessness of the mobs invading cities. Donald Trump tweeted “LAW AND ORDER!” to signify his disdain for the protesters. Now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a bill that would withhold federal funds from states that don’t defend monuments, including those to the Confederacy. 

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:00

COLUMN: Don't keep workers sidelined

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North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during the month, I talked with North Carolina restauranteurs and other business owners who were struggling to fill vacancies as they reopened.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 11:23

COLUMN: Free speech comes with a cost

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Freedom of speech ≠ Freedom from backlash.

Cause and effect is still real.

Social consequences are still real.

If there's been one bright spot in America's COVID-19 experience, it's the near-complete shutdown of an expensive and obsolete government education system cribbed from mid-19th century Prussia.

Monday, 06 July 2020 12:33

COLUMN: Choice should guide school reopening

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If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter schools, open enrollment among district schools, and aid to private-school students who have special needs or modest household incomes — the challenge of COVID-19 presents you with an excellent opportunity to reconsider your position.

For years, my wife and I lived in apartments. We never had one with a balcony and, thinking back, I don't believe we ever had a patio. I'm not sure if it was just dumb luck or the fact that the apartments with balconies were in better neighborhoods and less affordable than the apartments we wound up in. 

How many Americans will greet July 4th Day with gratitude that their governor is no longer compelling them to “shelter in place” or “stay at home” so they can celebrate their freedom? Most of the media is ignoring the fact that this Independence Day is occurring under the most dictatorial restrictions of the modern era. But anyone who values their liberty must recognize the Great Political Unleashing that has occurred this year makes a mockery of the Founding Fathers’ intentions.

To the editor:

We are stuck in a strange political moment. This strange moment may turn into a dangerous moment.

What am I referring to? Our immense political division.

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