The Editors' Blog
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 27, 2014
A dozen years from now, oil companies might be drilling off the East Coast, including off the coast of North Carolina. An entire industrial sector supporting the drilling may be springing up from Charleston to Morehead City to Norfolk.
Maybe you saw the story recently about seismic testing in the Atlantic getting the green light from the feds. The AP story described it as “the first real step toward what could be an economic transformation in East Coast states, potentially creating a new energy infrastructure, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue.”
The next sentence in the story summed up the perspective of those who were not thrilled by this decision by the Obama administration: “. . .[I]t dismayed people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism, and activists said it stains President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.”
Posted by Steve Riley on July 4, 2014
Coming this weekend: The News & Observer takes aim at the vexing questions surrounding North Carolina's Medicaid program. The series, "Critical Condition," will puncture some myths and dig deep on NC Medicaid problems.
Posted by Dan Barkin on July 2, 2014
I pulled into town here to work at this newspaper 18 years ago this month. My first day of work was on Monday, July 15, 1996. Three days earlier, a hurricane named Bertha had walloped the coast and counties inland.
Posted by Dan Barkin on June 30, 2014
CNBC has ranked North Carolina as one of the top states for business. Aside from the absolute accuracy of the North Carolina ranking, I have a few concerns about this survey.
Posted by Dan Barkin on June 9, 2014
President Obama took action Monday that he said would help some 5 million more borrowers lower the monthly payments on their student loans. This is probably a smart issue to focus on, because there are a lot of folks out there who owe a lot of money.
Posted by Dan Barkin on May 29, 2014
Some pundits worry about the declining Labor Force Participation Rate, the percentage of people 16 and older who are either working or unemployed but looking for work. One paper says its not all about discouraged workers.