Category: Columns

Don’t keep NC workers sidelined

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during the month, I talked with North Carolina restauranteurs and…

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Choice should guide NC schools reopening

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter schools, open enrollment among…

What is the coronavirus strategy?

By Kevin Roche This is my question of the day, amidst all the gnashing of teeth around the rise in cases in certain states. The initial strategy was close everything down and tell people to stay at home so that…

The great debate: To wear or not to wear?

by Andy Taylor Raleigh, NC – It’s trite to say the country is divided. It’s a presidential election year and the racially charged protests over police conduct ended whatever fleeting moment of national unity there was in the age of coronavirus.…

Progressive politicians hurt downtowns

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – Conventional wisdom has it that progressives champion urbanity and conservatives disdain it. There’s some truth to that. Progressives are far more likely than conservatives to prefer walkable, high-density communities over auto-dependent, detached-dwelling neighborhoods. Urban…

What is going on with the coronavirus epidemic

By Kevin Roche Some people are freaking out because more cases are being reported in some parts of the country.  As I have explained in earlier posts, I don’t think this is anything to be excessively concerned about.  Hospitalizations as…