Category: Columns

The fantasy of gun-free college campuses

By William Allen Raleigh, NC – Recently on the local news, there have been two incidents, within a matter of weeks, where someone had a firearm on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. One was a graduate student who allegedly…

North Carolina’s tax reforms foster manufacturing

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Site Selection just released its latest “Best States for Manufacturing” report. North Carolina ranked second in the nation in 2023, behind only South Carolina. The study relies on three categories of data: 1) workforce…

In defense of ‘thoughts and prayers’

By David Larson Raleigh, NC – After a tragedy, it’s an American custom to offer one’s “thoughts and prayers” for the situation and those most affected. It can be a cliche for those who don’t know what else to say,…

NC should require more SNAP recipients to work

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Requiring able-bodied people to work in exchange for government benefits is a popular idea. It’s a proven way to reduce dependency and break the cycle of poverty. And in the case of the federally…

The meaning of Oliver Anthony

By David Larson Raleigh, NC – Over the weekend, an unsigned Virginia artist named Oliver Anthony performed his original song “Rich men north of Richmond” at a farmers market in rural Currituck County, North Carolina. Days earlier, only a few…