Category: Columns

North Carolina’s economic recovery is sputtering

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, right? Don’t pop the cork on that champagne just…

The left’s long war on the Constitution

By Jon Guze Raleigh, NC – The United States was founded on the principle that government exists to protect the natural rights of the governed, including, especially, the natural right to liberty. The Declaration of Independence says so explicitly. The…

Children and CV-19

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By Kevin Roche People are appropriately concerned about the potential impact of CV-19 on children.  Fortunately, they are largely untouched by the actual virus. Those who do become seriously ill almost universally have significant pre-existing disease, which is verified in…

Roy Cooper faces test on voter ID

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments, and private citizens. I have related the history of…

North Carolina’s state reserves may not be enough

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s state government began its 2020-21 fiscal year with $1.5 billion in cash left over from last year plus another $1.8 billion in rainy-day funds and other earmarked reserves. Since then, the state…

The current epidemic recap

By Kevin Roche It has been a few weeks since my latest attempt to step back, take a look at everything we think we have learned and know about coronavirus and issue a status report, with a very abbreviated look…

Risk of death from COVID-19 and age

By Kevin Roche Another chart compiled from the CDC routine data, showing alleged CV-19 deaths by age, compared to all deaths for the age group. Note that over 10,000 infants have died in the US so far this year. They…