Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Pols Can’t Be Daydream Believers

August 12, 2020

by John Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state and local governments will likely overspend their projected revenue this year by billions of dollars. So far, few public officials seem panicked about the prospect. Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration ordered some modest cost-saving measures but hasn’t moved nearly as aggressively as previous governors did during past recessions. Leaders of public schools, colleges, universities, and other government institutions don’t seem prepared with actionable spending cuts. State lawmakers have released no revised budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that would close yawning deficits with large-scale cuts or tax hikes. No, North Carolina’s leaders aren’t…

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Opinion: Children, parents must have opportunity to choose

August 10, 2020

by Amy Cooke A save-the-system-not-the-student mentality is at the center of the “left-leaning” N.C. Association of Educators’ lawsuit to thrust a dagger into the heart of our state’s school choice options.  “Vouchers for private schools are an affront to a state that has a long and cherished history of public education,” the NCAE posted to Twitter. Those “vouchers,” which the union bosses find so offensive, are the wildly popular Opportunity Scholarship program — a program that provides $4,200 in funding for more than 9,500 low-income and minority students to help pay for a private school education that best meets their needs.  Opportunity Scholarship parents and…

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Opinion: Homicides Spiking in Carolina Cities

August 5, 2020

by John Hood As if the COVID crisis and economic recession weren’t bad enough, here’s some more bad news to process: homicide rates are spiking in many North Carolina communities. Through the end of July, 32 people in Greensboro have been the victims of homicide so far this year, up 52% from the count during the five seven months of 2019. Charlotte’s 68 homicides are up more than 11% from last year and more than double the comparable count for 2018. In Winston-Salem, homicides are up 17% over 2019. These developments are part of a national trend. Homicides are up…

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Opinion: BLM’s perverse plan for the black community

August 4, 2020

by Ken Raymond I recently completed a deep dive into Black Lives Matter’s webpage to learn more about the organization’s true goals and objectives, and what our nation is really dealing with. Those of us who measure BLM’s actions against their words know that the chaos and destruction inflicted upon cities across America is not about the murder of George Floyd or about police brutality. Additionally, BLM’s willful blindness to black-on-black crime and their conspicuous silence to shootings speaks volumes about how little they truly care about Black America. One of BLM’s co-founders, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, admitted that Black Lives Matter…

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Opinion: County races turn on governance

August 3, 2020

by John Hood As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county commission races in North Carolina. But I am. I’m just that weird. Our state boasts some of nation’s most-watched electoral contests this year. North Carolina is a likely a must-win for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, for example. And the U.S. Senate seat being defended by Thom Tillis could end up tipping the partisan balance of that chamber. The reason I’m paying attention to county-level races, as well, is that they provide useful insights about North Carolina’s…

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Opinion: N&O editorial asking Cooper to get ‘heavy handed’ is irresponsible, shameful

July 31, 2020

by John Trump I’m tired.  Tired of the lecturing from Gov. Roy Cooper and his cohorts. Tired of waiting for his edicts. Tired of his pedantic lecturing. I’ve written about that. All of it. I’ve written about it probably way too much, as a colleague mentioned to me this week. “How often can you write about being tired?” he asked as he laid on my desk a proof page of the upcoming Carolina Journal.  He was joking, but just a little. I started thinking, and those thoughts led me to “Columbo,” the rumpled yet brilliant TV detective who never was…

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Opinion: Going viral — Cooper, Cohen spread data; officials, media report it without context, proper analysis

July 30, 2020

by Joe Coletti It is hard to know things. It’s harder to know how to know things. Harder still is knowing how to know the right things. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper and much of the press corps have frequently repeated that he’s basing decisions about masks, bowling, schools, and anything else related to COVID-19 on “science and data.” This contention leaves open the question of whether state government and the reporters are collecting and analyzing the right data the right way. My colleagues Don van der Vaart and Jon Sanders have argued in a series of reports on…

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Opinion: New Monuments Could Unify State

July 29, 2020

by John Hood If you’ve lived in North Carolina for even a few years, you’ve probably formed an opinion about whether statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders and soldiers ought to remain in or near courthouses, town halls, state buildings, and other public property throughout the state. Whatever your opinion on the issue, you can be sure a significant share of North Carolinians agree with you. That’s how divided we are. According to the polls I’ve seen, around a third say Confederate statues and monuments should be removed. About a quarter say they should be left precisely as they are,…

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Opinion: Government’s Basic Tasks Need Doing

July 27, 2020

by John Hood One morning in late March, I drove from my home in Southern Wake County to my office in North Raleigh to pick up some files so I could work from home. As I exited the Beltline onto Six Forks Road, I noticed a deer lying beneath the overpass, the apparent victim of a high-speed impact. It’s a familiar sight on the side of the road, in urban or rural areas, and I thought little about it at the time. I assumed it would be cleaned up by the next time I drove to my office. But it…

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Opinion: How We Win the War Against COVID-19

July 27, 2020

by Senator Thom Tillis Over the last several months, our families, our communities and our country have been in a war against COVID-19, a fight that continues to this day. The highly-contagious virus has taken countless lives and forced us to shut down sectors of our economy in order to stop the spread to protect our loved ones and neighbors. My top priority as your U.S. senator is protecting the physical and economic health of you and your family, which is why I’ve worked across the aisle to provide billions of dollars to support our hospitals, advance vaccine research and…

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