Tag: COVID-19

Understanding nitrogen needs of plants from fertilizers

Raleigh, NC — Gardening can provide much needed physical activity and emotional wellbeing to balance the effects of social distancing associated with the COVID -19 pandemic. Many people turn to their lawns and gardens to relieve stress and enjoy nature.…

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Riots destroy more than property

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – During a May 31 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper spoke effectively to the issues of police misconduct and injustice raised by the death of George Floyd. He also condemned the “violence and destruction” that…

NC job losses merit energetic response

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina employers shed 616,000 jobs in March and April, according to the latest establishment survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a decline of 13% in just two months. Our labor-market collapse…

Drowning in sorrow, with a chaser of research

By Kevin Roche A few short months ago, we were riding high, a vibrant economy lifting everyone’s quality of life, now, nothing but disaster, and we are doing it to ourselves.  Nonetheless, I will press forward attempting to shed as…

North Carolina’s go-slow reopening may be costly

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our state’s labor-market cratered. The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of working-aged residents were either employed or actively…

Chatham County releases COVID-19 data dashboard

Pittsboro, NC – On May 20, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released Executive Order 141, which transitions the state to “Safer at Home” Phase 2, effective May 22 at 5 p.m. In making the announcement to ease COVID-19 restrictions,…