Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:13:04 EST 1800 Beware of fiscal storms When I tell audiences that I have always been a committed Marxist, I usually get a combination of disbelieving snorts and knowing chuckles. The cleverest response goes something like this: “I can believe you've been a committed Marxist,... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:20:22 EST Bummed out over school calendars After this hard winter, students, parents and educators were all looking forward to the traditional spring break, but instead of rest and relaxation many were upset to learn their schools scheduled make-up days during the period. Empty classrooms and... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:55:23 EST My trip to Norlina Come on and go to Norlina with me!Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:10:23 EST Sabotaging the president’s high-stakes diplomacy I realize many Republicans don't like President Obama, but no other president has been subjected to the indignities he has suffered at the hands of the GOP. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:45:22 EST A telling admission in the local sales tax debate One of the most interesting debates of this General Assembly session is about a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown to redistribute local sales tax revenue among counties by increasing the share allocated to rural areas and decreasing how... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:05:22 EST Careful about rule changes To the extent that Roy Cooper has a reasonable chance of defeating Gov. Pat McCrory for reelection, it's because many of his fellow Democrats failed in their efforts to change the electoral process in the 1980s and early 1990s. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:55:23 EST Our own ‘House of Cards’ You don't have to watch “House of Cards” on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays. There's all you want taking place in Raleigh in the separation of powers battle between the executive and legislative... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:30:21 EST Political revenge more important than public schools If you are looking for an example of how the pettiness and bitter partisanship of the folks currently running North Carolina have hurt the state, it's hard to find a more illustrative one than the decision to end the North Carolina Teaching... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:40:22 EST Job growth sizzled last year According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:10:21 EST Four good North Carolina books for the spring If you are looking for an interesting book for springtime reading, I have four suggestions: A cookbook that will be fun to read. A book of stories from one of North Carolina's rising stars. The story of a '57 Chevy and its complicated,... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:15:23 EST Without Trade Promotion Authority, Congress holding back rural communities In rural communities, hard work is a way of life. You put in long hours, day in and day out, and, with the help of innovative technology, good weather and a little luck, you reap what you sow. Your hard work contributes to a rural economy that is one... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:00:22 EST Butt out. As Republicans begin their fourth year leading our state legislature it is fair to assess how they and we are doing under their control. They've done some good things, some not so good and some downright awful. But we admit to being completely... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:20:22 EST Who and what do you believe? Last week two men claimed they had been robbed of about $5 million worth of gold bars they were transporting along I-95 in Wilson County. According to their story, when they pulled over on I-95 to fix their truck or attend to an illness, three armed... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:50:22 EST North Carolina’s backwards slide on tobacco prevention More than one in five adults in North Carolina still smokes and more than 15 percent of high school students do—costing the state thousands of lives and billions of dollars a year — and North Carolina is doing less than almost every other... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:05:22 EST Fiscal issues divide Republicans RALEIGH — Now that Gov. Pat McCrory has released his budget proposal for the 2015-17 biennium, there are at least two fiscal issues dividing North Carolina Republicans this year. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:30:21 EST Whom do you trust with the Internet? Perhaps you have been listening to the yays and nays concerning the net neutrality decision of the FCC, which also gave the City of Wilson permission to expand their Greenlight Internet service. Where you stand on them basically comes down to whom you... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:25:21 EST Second fiddle to South Carolina This is about as good a tale of conniving as I've heard: I can't remember why but 40 years ago back in 1976, the state legislature moved our Presidential primary up from May to March – then the unexpected struck and Ronald Reagan... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:05:22 EST A revealing moment in the incentive debate Something fascinating happened during this week's House debate over economic incentive programs for businesses that could have a bigger impact on the state than whatever incentives the General Assembly approves this session. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:15:23 EST Two good books by people who already work for us It is a dream come true for me.A mixture of North Carolina public affairs and North Carolina books. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:15:21 EST Finding tax help you can trust Tax time can be stressful, especially if the person you turn to for help with your taxes doesn't do the job you expected. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:45:24 EST