Opinion (250)

Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:58

COLUMN: So long, Sears

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A few weeks ago in this column, I lamented the loss of the Sears Wish Book. A lot of you were kind enough to share your memories of the Wish Book and my wife and I shared a few hours looking at them online. If you have been following the news in the last few days, you will have noticed that Sears has passed its time on life support and is likely to start liquidation proceedings in the next few weeks. I'm not going to bore you with the numbers and statistics or even a brief history of Sears. That stuff can be read in the real news. 

On Dec. 15, America passed the anniversary of our Bill of Rights, designed as a strong bulwark against arbitrary government power and without which we would not exist as a nation. Unfortunately, it received hardly any notice last month. I saw only one mention, and I had to go beyond my usual round of websites and newsfeeds to find it. However, the debate that led to it still deserves close attention as it is central to constraining government to “stay in its lane” by defending Americans’ rights against its public servants’ continued efforts to careen dangerously outside it.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 17:36

COLUMN: New faces, new expectations

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Democrats start the first full week of 2019 in a better position than they’ve had in years. The new Congress was sworn in last week and Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel again. My #NCPOL twitter feed was full of new legislators taking the oath of office this weekend and now neither chamber of the legislature holds veto proof majorities. 

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 15:17

COLUMN: Trump is winning shutdown theater

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As I write this, the US government is in its 18th day of a putative "shutdown." Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but also warned to expect an empty pay envelope come Friday. As of tomorrow, the shutdown will become the second longest in history, surpassed only by a 32-day funding fight in December of 1995 and January of 1996.

Monday, 07 January 2019 11:38

COLUMN: Get ready for smaller school districts

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 The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In North Carolina, the average school district enrolls more than 12,500 students. Only six other states in the nation exceed North Carolina in this regard (including Hawaii, where all 187,000 students are in a single district).

Friday, 04 January 2019 14:04

COLUMN: Frowning upon Facebook forwards

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It's no great secret that I have a social media presence. A lot of you have seen the “Joe Weaver, Columnist” Facebook page. I also have a personal Facebook page for my friends and family. 

Cryptocurrencies had a rough ride in 2018. As of Jan. 7, 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com came to more than $800 billion, its highest point ever. As I write this on Jan. 3, 2019, that total market capitalization is down to about $130 billion — about one-sixth of the market's high point.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:52

COLUMN: Let those who want things foot the bill

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There’s an important lesson that can be learned from one of the hottest news topics in recent weeks: voluntary action.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 23:47

COLUMN: Reflections and predictions

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It’s that time of year for reflections and predictions. In 2018, I didn’t make too many predictions. The ones I made were relatively vague and I was generally right. I said that Trump would not get impeached or be removed by the 25th Amendment. I was right, but at the beginning of the year, a lot of people believed he would be gone before the end of the year.

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