Tragedy at the ACSO

Tragedy at the ACSO

Since becoming an all Republican board a few years ago, Ashe County’s commissioners have made many stunningly bad decisions. But none has been m...

January 23rd, 2017 |  


Urban-Rural Gap Isn’t New

Urban-Rural Gap Isn’t New

RALEIGH — One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled The Country Church in North Carolina. (Yes, I’m just...

January 23rd, 2017 |  


How to solve our economic growth mystery

How to solve our economic growth mystery

Like many academics, I find pleasure in endeavors most would call boring. So when I pour over numbers on government websites or dusty statistical volu...

January 22nd, 2017 |  


Roe v. Wade anniversary marks 44 years of dangerous obstruction

Roe v. Wade anniversary marks 44 years of dangerous obstruction

When the United States Supreme Court announced its famous ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, it did not introduce abortion to the ...

January 22nd, 2017 |  


Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December,...

January 19th, 2017 |  


Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

RALEIGH — Thomas Jefferson had lots to say about lots of things. As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2017 session and new Gov. Roy...

January 18th, 2017 updated: January 18th, 2017. |  


Obamacare repeal is about ideology, not heath care

Obamacare repeal is about ideology, not heath care

Soon, it looks like we’ll be saying good-bye to Obamacare. Republicans are rejoicing. Democrats are despairing. The 20 million or so people who ...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Our view: There’s no ‘R’ in public safety

Many dictionaries define egregious as “outstandingly bad or shocking.”On Tuesday, county commissioners lived up to that moniker, as a boar...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Two different narratives of the same events

Two different narratives of the same events

We have just witnessed one of the most divisive election campaigns in history, one that saw partisans on all sides spinning narratives to best benefit...

January 17th, 2017 |  


Sen. Sessions is the wrong choice for U.S. attorney general

Sen. Sessions is the wrong choice for U.S. attorney general

President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees will be going through the U.S. Senate confirmation process this month — an opportunity for...

January 16th, 2017 |