Ned Barnett

Of God and mammon in NC

Republicans backed off a religious freedom law after businesses protested. Perhaps the message is sinking in that strident policies hurt the state’s economy.


When A is for affluent, NC school grades only damaging

Joe Ableidinger: Three steps could go a long way to making A-F school grades in Norht Carolina a way to help our schools succeed, rather than simply identifying those that serve students from low-income families with no meaningful action or support behind it.


Why NC needs an opt-out option for school testing

Mary Nelson: Having my fragile child sit at a desk for three hours trying to answer test questions would be abuse. Many states have official opt-out procedures that recognize the right of parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children. NC legislators must take similar action.


Why US veteran health care never works

Charles Lane: Without market signals to help allocate resources, long waits and other patient frustrations are inevitable at VA facilities, no matter how sincerely, or how threateningly, Washington orders their elimination. It’s a Soviet-style structure, minus the coherence of the one-party state.

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Jim Jenkins

The perils for ‘Independent Pat’

Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.

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