Opinion

The Virginia deaths and using discretion in a digital world

Bob Kochersberger: Social media have the terrible potential to harden users and to desensitize them to human tragedy. There is simply no value in looking at images of death, so easily available as we saw during the on-air shootings of a TV reporter and cameraman but so potentially damaging.

Op-Ed

Trumpward, Christian soldiers?

Despite his sins, Donald Trump has support of evangelical subset of GOP

Trump doesn’t even try to show a righteous facade

Perhaps it is payback for his support of conservative religious groups

Blogs & Columns

J. Peder Zane

TABOR is appealing, but ultimately undemocratic

The intent of TABOR is to limit taxes so that government cannot grow faster than population growth and inflation

It would impose today’s budget priorities on future generations, making it harder for the next Democratic-controlled legislature to reverse the GOP’s recent accomplishments with a single vote

But that is why TABOR is a bad idea – it hamstrings government, limiting its ability to respond to changing circumstances

Op-Ed

A taxpayer-friendly way to offer business incentives in NC

In these times of insufficient American jobs and state governments struggling just to keep up traditional services, does private enterprise need incentives?

The Federal Reserve reports historic highs in U.S. corporate profits since 2009, much of it from investment in foreign markets where most profits are kept abroad, away from U.S. taxes

Incentive packages of state money could be specifically directed to improvement of the community in which a company settles

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