Category: Columns

Arizona, Florida and Texas are doing way better than New York ever did

by Kevin Roche Arizona, Florida and Texas are taking a lot of heat, clearly politically motivated, for supposed out-of-control epidemic surges. Look at this chart and tell me who was out-of-control. Again, on a population basis, NY was dreadful, inexcusably…

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More mask fetish

by Kevin Roche 2020 has been marked by a distinctive tendency toward mass delusion and hysteria relating to several events, including the epidemic. I think this pre-existing human tendency is greatly exacerbated by the ubiquity of social media and smartphones.…

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…

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…