Opinion (572)

Monday, 29 June 2020 13:45

COLUMN: Progressive politicians hurt downtowns

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Conventional wisdom has it that progressives champion urbanity and conservatives disdain it. There’s some truth to that. Progressives are far more likely than conservatives to prefer walkable, high-density communities over auto-dependent, detached-dwelling neighborhoods. Urban areas tend to vote heavily Democratic and rural areas Republican. Even in the more-competitive suburbs, those closest to downtowns tilt blue while outer-ring suburbs and exurbs are red.

Friday, 26 June 2020 19:42

COLUMN: Cooper's mask order has no teeth

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On Wednesday, June 24, Gov. Roy Cooper issued yet another executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, mandating that North Carolinans wear face coverings for at least the next three weeks.

Friday, 26 June 2020 18:28

COLUMN: Cooper (the cat) issues legal demands

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A lot of you have written to me and told me how much you enjoy the columns about the cats.

North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, fast-food restaurants and big-box stores. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 13:33

COLUMN: Cooper commits monumental error

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As soon as he heard the news that a mob had torn down statues on the grounds of North Carolina’s State Capitol on the evening of June 19, Gov. Roy Cooper realized his mistake. He had not been clear enough in instructing his aides, including Secretary of Public Safety Eric Hooks. He knew he’d have to take decisive action.

“Defund the Police” is the latest rallying cry for protesters in many cities across the nation. Many activists, enraged by the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, are calling for completely disbanding the police, while others are seeking reductions in police budgets and more government spending elsewhere. However, few activists appear to be calling for a fundamental decrease in the political power that is the root cause of police abuses.

Once again, a prominent leader in North Carolina is coming under intense criticism for responding to a “Black Lives Matter” inquiry with the “But All Lives Matter” retort. UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, upon being requested to allow a “Black Lives Matter” painting to be placed on campus responded with the all too familiar “No. All lives matter.” 

Monday, 22 June 2020 12:16

COLUMN: State’s economic recovery is too slow

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During the month of May, 38 states saw their unemployment rates drop as governments eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed more businesses to open and individuals return to work.

I saw something on Facebook recently that caused me to pause. Actually, it caused me to put both feet on the brake pedal and come to an angry, screeching, tire-smoking halt. 

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