Opinion (572)

Protests quickly broke out nationwide following the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which was caught on video and quickly went viral.

Monday, 01 June 2020 10:25

COLUMN: Job losses merit energetic response

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RALEIGH — North Carolina employers shed 616,000 jobs in March and April, according to the latest establishment survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a decline of 13% in just two months. Our labor-market collapse will look even worse when BLS releases its May survey in a few weeks.

Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic ran its deadly course in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo affirmed a state policy forbidding nursing homes to reject suffering from the disease.

On Memorial Day, the media do their usual sacralizing of war. Instead, it should be a day for the ritualized scourging of politicians. During the last 70 years, their lies have resulted in the unnecessary deaths of almost 100,000 American soldiers and millions of foreigners. And yet, people still get teary-eyed when politicians take the stage to talk about their devotion to the troops.

Monday, 25 May 2020 09:49

COLUMN: Cooper isn't addressing urgent needs

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RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. Among the 12 Southeastern states, only Kentucky and West Virginia fared worse.

I think I have watched everything that the streaming video services have to offer. I have exhausted Netflix and Hulu. I have run the gamut of every genre on Amazon Prime. Mickey Mouse himself asked me not to watch anything else on Disney Plus.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:54

COLUMN: On Phase 2, Cooper should try again

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As North Carolina moves into Phase 2 of reopening the economy, Gov. Cooper should ask for a do-over. He should meet with advisors and take another shot. His list of what can open and what cannot is too ambiguous, lacks reason and ignores more recent information about the virus. It also seems to ignores the only way we return to a level normalcy — protect the vulnerable by tracking and tracing the virus and isolating infected people, not healthy ones. 

The necessary social distancing and “stay at home” precautions has “flattened the curve” and saved countless lives. The unfortunate side effect; however, has also been a massive slowdown in the economy.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports an estimated 12.4% drop in GDP for second quarter. That could work out to well over a two and a half trillion dollar national loss.  

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