Category: Columns

NC lawmakers approve final redistricting maps

By Theresa Opeka Raleigh, NC – After much debate, public scrutiny, and controversy, the General Assembly passed redistricting maps for the N.C. House and Senate, and U.S. Congress. The Senate on Thursday, Nov. 4, voted 25-21 for the House map.…

Surge in violence merits response

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Are North Carolinians safer today than they were a decade ago? That depends on how you define the term “safe.” The overall crime rate, defined as the total number of reported crimes divided by…

Dollar Tree loses its 35 year battle with inflation

By Peter Jacobsen Inflation has ruined one of my go-to examples for my macroeconomics students. Whenever I discuss inflation with my students, I test their understanding of economics by highlighting the puzzle of the Dollar Tree, an American retail chain that…

Is college football the death knell for COVID hysteria?

By Ray Nothstine Raleigh, NC – Like everything else in society, college football can speak to our hyper-politicized culture. And no, I’m not talking about the vulgar chants directed at Joe Biden spreading across college stadiums. I’m talking about the…