Category: Columns

Pandemic of the Unvaccinated? 40% of New Covid Cases in NC Are Vaccinated

By Brian Balfour Raleigh, NC – One data point in my colleague Jon Sanders’ latest NC Threat-Free Index jumped out at me: For the week ending January 1, 40% of Covid-19 cases in North Carolina were to people considered fully vaccinated. The data comes…

North Carolina should let hospitals compete

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – By restricting competition among hospitals and other medical providers, North Carolina keeps the cost of health care down while maintaining or even enhancing the quality of services provided. If that claim makes sense to…

Our sky was never falling

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – From July 2020 to July 2021, there was a net inflow of 637,729 Americans into these top-five destination states: Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. During the same period, there was a…

It’s time for a Parent’s Bill of Rights

Top 10 rights every parent deserves By Kelly Mann Raleigh, NC – As displayed across the country parents are feeling unheard, that their choices within schools are infringed upon and most importantly that students’ basic educational needs are not met.  Do…

New North Carolina laws for a new year

By Theresa Opeka Raleigh, NC – A new year ushers in new laws in North Carolina. Here are the laws that took effect on January 1. Senate Bill 473, Enhance Local Government Transparency, bans public officials from gaining financially from…

School closures were too risky

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – When the news broke on January 3 that one of North Carolina’s largest school districts, Cumberland County, was considering a shift to virtual instruction in response to rising case counts of the Omicron variant,…