Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:00:35 EST 1800 A creative public infrastructure funding solution In our “us-versus-them” partisan culture it is rare to find an issue on which there is unanimous consensus, but Gov. Pat McCrory has identified one. North Carolina has not adequately built or maintained its public infrastructure for... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:30:21 EST Budget crisis didn’t occur A funny thing has happened on the way to North Carolina's great budget crisis of 2015. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:45:21 EST Is the Civil War over? One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over? Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:15:22 EST A reminder of the rigged redistricting game The last few weeks have made clear again what government reform advocates have said for almost 30 years in North Carolina. Politicians should not be allowed to choose their voters, to draw their own districts for election to anything, Congress, the... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:20:21 EST AMH is in good hands If there ever was any shred of doubt that Ashe Memorial Hospital (AMH) wasn't in the right hands at the right time, such doubt should have been erased by now. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:20:21 EST William Powell, dean of North Carolina History When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:45:21 EST Politics in the courtroom Wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that if we discuss a problem long enough we can come up with a solution? It doesn't work that way with public policy issues, especially in the selection of judges. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:20:21 EST Jesse Helms, police dogs, WWI, Meck Dec, and good NC eating Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:25:21 EST Freedom is a weighty issue Have you been eating right? Getting enough exercise? How far away are you from your ideal weight? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:20:21 EST From Pepsi to Pepto: 60+ shades of graying North Carolina has transformed from the Pepsi Generation to the Pepto population. In 1950, the median age in our state was 26.5 years. By 1981, it was almost 30 and the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services reports it as 36.9 years in 2009. In 60... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:15:21 EST The right turn to anti-intellectualism More than 50 years ago in 1963, historian Richard Hofstadter published one of his two Pulitzer Prize winning books, “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.” He defined anti-intellectualism as “resentment and suspicion of the life of... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:21 EST Thousands of seniors anxiously await lawmakers’ budget decisions When state lawmakers return next week from their unusual spring break, debate over the budget will take center stage as the House puts together its spending plan for the next two years. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:50:21 EST Mind your own business Recent events lead me to restate an argument I made several years ago in response to a belligerent correspondent: mind your own business. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:00:21 EST Race and basketball, a transformative moment in 1944 If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in “The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph,” you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:45:21 EST The folks on the Right are reeling—and expanding their power The big story in Raleigh and around country this week has been the attempt by religious conservatives to codify discrimination against gay men and women in the name of “religious freedom.” Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:40:21 EST A dramatic and effective civics lesson We got a refresher lesson in civics this week; one we hope will stick in our memories for many years. North Carolina, following the example of other states, was set to pass a law in the name of religious freedom, but civic groups and corporate America... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:45:21 EST Look before you Tweet Economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell — a North Carolina native, by the way — is fond of denying that there are permanent solutions to problems. Instead, he insists, “there are only trade-offs.” Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:45:21 EST Balancing the budget isn’t just a priority, it’s a requirement Most of us understand what it means to balance a budget. We work hard to get a paycheck. We use that money to feed and clothe our family and keep a roof over our heads. If we're able, we put a little aside in case of emergency or for a rainy... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:45:23 EST Where have all the heroes gone? “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?”David, my five-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:25:21 EST Beware of fiscal storms When I tell audiences that I have always been a committed Marxist, I usually get a combination of disbelieving snorts and knowing chuckles. The cleverest response goes something like this: “I can believe you've been a committed Marxist,... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:20:22 EST