Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Cooper’s post-COVID-19 plans should worry all North Carolinians

September 14, 2020

by Becki Gray Gov. Roy Cooper owns this. He owns the coronavirus response and everything that will follow.   Cooper has refused to confer with the Council of State, vetoed the General Assembly’s efforts to get businesses safely opened and people back to work, relied solely on his administration’s data and science, blamed President Trump and the republican General Assembly when convenient, and taken credit when it fit his political agenda. His decisions over the past few months will define his leadership and leave North Carolina with lasting marks. North Carolina will be worse off if he continues to get his…

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Column: Reflecting on 9/11 and my trip to New York City in October of 2001

September 11, 2020

by Frank Williams Today marks 19 years since the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Like you, I will never forget that day.  Like you, I pray that our nation will never again face such an attack.  We must remain vigilant. Below is an article I wrote on October 11, 2001, shortly after returning from a trip to New York City following the 9/11 attacks.  The article is entitled An Unimaginable Experience in New York City.  I hope you will take a few minutes to read it and join me in reflecting on 9/11 and the impact it has…

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Opinion – Without live shows, artists seeking ways to reach fans

September 10, 2020

By John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Will Easter is a promising North Carolina musician. A career just starting to take off. I reached him on his cell phone, and he wanted to talk.  A bit busy now, though, he said. Hanging drywall. “I actually took a job in construction to make money outside of music,” he told me.  Money to, well, pay the bills.  Just trying to get by. It’s a common theme for musicians these days.  The big acts, mega stars like Tim McGraw, can schedule online shows, and people are excited to pay good money to…

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Opinion – Bring Young Kids Back to School

September 10, 2020

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — Most North Carolina schoolchildren began this academic year trying to learn from home rather than at school. How’s it going so far? Set aside the blame game and partisan theatrics surrounding the issue, and simply ask parents and kids about their experiences. You’ll get mostly frowns, grimaces, complaints, even tears. Although there are certainly exceptions — children particularly well-suited to online learning, technically savvy parents who are superb educators in their own right — most will tell you that their 2020-21 school year is off to a poor and frustrating start. North Carolina’s leaders cannot…

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Opinion – We can help our state’s students with continued higher education reform

September 10, 2020

SENATOR TODD JOHNSON 55TH DISTRICT  Through my work as a member of the North Carolina Senate Education and Higher Education Committee and the Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Committee, I am committed to help our state’s postsecondary students complete their programs of study and begin their professional lives not unduly burdened with insurmountable debt. All of these things are even more challenging amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are doing what we can at the state level to ensure our students are set up for success when they pursue a postsecondary degree. But more can be done at the federal level to…

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Opinion: Former Slave Blazed Trail for Writers

September 7, 2020

by John Hood You surely recognize the name Frederick Douglass and know the major role he played in American history after escaping his enslavement in Maryland in 1838. You may even know that the publication of his memoir — Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave — was a turning point in American letters. But do you recognize the name Harriet Jacobs? She also emancipated herself through acts of courage and determination. She also wrote a widely read memoir of her enslavement and liberation. And she was a North Carolinian, one of the many of our state’s…

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Opinion: Cooper Seeking Too Much Power

September 2, 2020

by John Hood Throughout his gubernatorial term, Roy Cooper has sought vastly to expand the power of his office at the expense of other statewide-elected executives, the legislative branch, local governments, and private households and businesses. Although a court did strike down on First Amendment grounds his attempt to shut down churches while keeping North Carolina’s shopping malls open, Cooper has gotten his way most of the time. Perhaps you have been untroubled by the governor’s behavior. All politicians try to maximize their power, you might say, so what’s the big deal? Or you might like Cooper and support his…

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Opinion: Past Governors Budgeted More Carefully

September 1, 2020

by John Hood RALEIGH — As a fiscal conservative, I long for the days when North Carolina had responsible governors who responded to recessionary budget gaps with fortitude and common sense. You know, governors like Bev Perdue, Mike Easley, and Jim Hunt. All three Democratic governors presided over economic downturns that tore ragged holes in the state budget. While I disagreed with some of their responses — significant tax hikes, in the case of Perdue and Easley, that worsened the burden on cash-stripped households and businesses — all three also quickly instituted significant budget savings in the face of yawning…

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Opinion: Black men speak out and demonstrate the difference between blm and BLM

August 28, 2020

by Amy Cooke If you haven’t experienced a Mark Robinson speech, you’re missing a gifted orator. Watching the Republican lieutenant governor candidate is like being transported back to an old-time revival. At a Back the Blue rally a few weeks ago, I watched him captivate the crowd with his booming voice and inspirational message about freedom and being a black man in North Carolina and America.  As he makes his case for why North Carolinians should vote for him in November, he demonstrates the distinction between two black-lives-matter movements — little “b,” little “l,” little “m” or big “B,” big “L,” big…

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Opinion: Agonizing: Cooper’s response to pandemic inconsistent, clumsy, hurtful

August 27, 2020

by John Trump Agonizing. These lockdowns, mandates, and suppressions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Logically inconsistent, clumsy in their application, and impossible to enforce. We’ve become prisoners of this virus, without imminent hope of reprieve. Potential treatments are enmeshed in politics, thrust into a media culture replete with influencers and pundits spewing confusion and toxicity. We wear masks, stay six feet apart, and commit to washing our hands as if it was the latest trend in personal hygiene.  Each day we face the world as it is, and life as it has become. We become agitated, impatient, depressed. It…

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