Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Fight to keep N.C. courts independent of General Assembly politics

Imagine this: You decide to challenge your speeding ticket in court, or worse – you are falsely accused of a crime – and your case comes up before a brand new judge. Unlike this judge’s predecessor, who was duly elected by a majority of voters, the judge you appear before was appointed to the position by our General Assembly majority. He owes his job to a conservative group of (mostly) white men. He owes nothing to you and your neighbors and your friends down the street, who, for their entire lives up until now had researched and voted upon their candidates for judgeships at local and state levels.

Op-Ed

‘Darkest Hour’ proves that history can hinge on a single leader

The Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour” is a movie that should be seen, but not entirely believed. Gary Oldman’s alternately fierce and vulnerable Churchill is a triumph of both acting and the cosmetician’s art. Just hearing him deliver snippets of Churchill’s speeches is worth the ticket price. (Am I the only one who tears up at the words “We shall fight on the beaches”? My wife: “Probably.”)

Op-Ed

The economy is on a sugar high, and tax cuts won’t help

The approaching end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, another strong employment report and a still-strong stock market make it appropriate to revisit my year-old judgment that the economy is enjoying a “sugar high.” Unfortunately, the best available evidence suggests that signs of current market and economic strength are largely unrelated to government policy, that the drivers of this year’s economic strength are likely transient and that the structural foundation of the U.S. economy is weakening. Sugar high remains the right diagnosis, and tax cuts are very much the wrong prescription.

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N.C. should restore unemployment cuts

Before the recession, someone who was laid off because their company closed or department downsized could count on up to six months of help with keeping their family fed and rent paid. In turn, those people continued to participate in the economy, doing their part to pay taxes and support local businesses. Since the 2013 rollback in benefits, however, these North Carolinians have been less capable of supporting their family, in turn giving less back into the economy as a whole.

Op-Ed

The GOP is rotting

The rot afflicting the GOP is comprehensive – moral, intellectual, political and reputational. More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: “I’m homeless. I’m politically homeless.”

Op-Ed

For a healthier N.C., let’s eat crickets

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, crickets are raised using 13 times less land than cattle and nearly four times less land than pigs. Crickets also produce seven times less ammonia than pigs which make the impact of crickets considerably smaller. At the same time, crickets contain nearly the same amount of protein as pork with 12.9 grams of protein compared to pork’s 13.3 grams (per 100 grams). By using less space and contributing to less pollution, cricket farming is a better alternative to industrial livestock farming.

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Shine a brighter light to find all gifted children

Despite these and other distinguished contributions from state leaders, many gifted children are underserved in the state’s elementary and secondary schools. Earlier this year, a joint investigation by The News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer laid out the systemic barriers and nearly insurmountable challenges gifted students from low-income backgrounds face in obtaining access to the services and supports they need to succeed.

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