Category: Columns

Mask up or else, Roy Cooper says

woman in white sleeve shirt with blue face mask

By John Trump Raleigh, NC – Gov. Roy Cooper in a new executive order is encouraging local authorities to pursue criminal and civil penalties against businesses that fail to uphold mask and distancing requirements. The order, which runs through December…

CDC to the rescue, Who was that masked man?

set of medical protective face masks

By Kevin Roche The timing is so obvious as to be laughable. CDC and the public health experts have obviously been sitting on two papers that they released on Friday.  They knew weeks ago about the Danish mask study results…

It’s time to amend the Emergency Management Act

By Jon Guze Raleigh, NC – I’ve been a critic of Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 lockdown orders from the very start. I’ve argued that the orders are unnecessary, divisive, and counterproductive, and I’ve also argued that — because the governor…

Save the children

By Kevin Roche I got a comment from a physician on Thursday that everyone should read, as it is personal testimony to the enormous damage we are doing to children by blocking them from getting a normal school experience.  I…

Long-term care COVID-19 deaths

By Kevin Roche This data chart gives the percents of all CV-19 deaths occurring among LTC residents for all states. The comparison isn’t completely accurate because different states vary in how they are reporting (the LSOS Governor of NY for…

Good news on North Carolina’s state budget

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the economic downturn poke in the state budget? Would…

More on the mask delusion

By Kevin Roche I could show the same chart from a large number of states. It is really, really apparent that whether it is the timing of a mask mandate or actual mask wearing, there is no effect on slowing…