Opinion (572)

Monday, 04 May 2020 12:43

COLUMN: Debt only delays what is due

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Set aside for the moment how quickly and to what extent North Carolina and other states should reopen our economies. Set aside partisan wrangling ahead of the 2020 elections. Set aside the sweeping ideological claims about how COVID-19 “proves” everyone’s preexisting beliefs about the proper size and scope of government.

Right now it’s easy to feel isolated. But even though we are apart, we are United. We are still a community.

State officials are withholding vital public health information from residents, leaving us in the dark on COVID-19 outbreaks at food processing plants. 

To the editor:

I am extremely proud of how hard our staff has worked over the past two months to begin treating and preparing for an expected surge of COVID patients. Our preparation started by stopping all but critical services to focus on this as well as minimize the spread of the virus. This reduction of services has resulted in many patients postponing needed care for serious health conditions.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 10:34

COLUMN: Radical takes on pandemic are faulty

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Are societies with higher levels of public spending and larger, more centralized governments better prepared to deal with crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

On April 28, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (?-MI) launched a presidential "exploratory committee." He wants to take on Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee-apparent Joe Biden this November as the nominee of the Libertarian Party.

Watching the response to the coronavirus turn political is a little disheartening but it’s also very illuminating.

Monday, 27 April 2020 10:32

COLUMN: Cooper's plan reopens to slowly

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At an April 23 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper gave a reasonable explanation of what led him to institute North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-home order nearly a month earlier. His secretary of health and human services, Dr. Mandy Cohen, gave a reasonable explanation of the metrics the administration is tracking — and why a decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is not necessary to begin a phased reopening of North Carolina’s battered economy.

Friday, 24 April 2020 17:26

COLUMN: Dealing with the dumb

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Often in this column, I have commented on some of the ridiculous things I notice on a daily basis. Some things are mildly amusing. Others are perplexing. Some are ironic and others are, well, truly weird. 

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