Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:01:09 EST 1800 Why Republicans aren’t too worried about $200 million$200-million For many of us, being just a few thousand dollars in the hole at any given time would be cause for concern. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:00:22 EST McCrory’s staggering start to another year Last Friday was supposed to be a moment for Governor Pat McCrory to shine, to stand in front of the UNC Board of Governors and unveil another part of his strategy to create jobs, to keep what he calls the Carolina Comeback in the... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:00:21 EST Making the guarantee of Roe v. Wade a reality for all Thursday, Jan. 22 was the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court established that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses the right to choose whether to end a pregnancy. Each year around... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:00:22 EST How do we pay for infrastructure? My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles, because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:00:22 EST Leaders vague over legislative session The vagueness was unmistakable. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:00:22 EST The ‘free as practicable’ North Carolina promise Filmmaker Steve Channing's excellent “A Generation of Change” on UNC-TV, was a stark reminder of post-war North Carolina, a state wracked by poverty, poor health and uneducated citizens. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:24 EST Politics and literature come together Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:30:21 EST A session of defense for the reactionary direction of the last four years At first glance there didn't seem to be a lot of news on the first day of the 2015 General Assembly session, nothing unexpected anyway. The House elected Rep. Tim Moore as Speaker and the Senate re-elected Senator Phil Berger to his third term... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:00:21 EST Three leaders, but how many agendas? One of the most interesting moments of the 2014 legislative session came in front of the Executive Mansion late last June, when Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared together with education advocates at a rally to tout a new... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:00:21 EST GOP lawmakers brush off McCrory’s demand Don't look now, but Republican legislative leaders don't seem any more inclined to listen to Governor Pat McCrory this year than they did the first two years of his administration. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:58:01 EST Tech report: Smart locks Home security has grown leaps and bounds over the previous decade. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:57:35 EST Celebrating our connection to movies North Carolina loves its connections to the production of movies and television programs. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:02:06 EST The latest alleged crisis in Commerce raises more questions Governor Pat McCrory told an audience of business leaders last week that he has been hamstrung in recruiting businesses to the state because he didn't know what incentives he could offer them. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:47:13 EST Five suggestions for a less polarized General Assembly Jan. 14 brings a new legislative session and a fresh slate to the General Assembly, when old wounds should be healed, old habits forgotten. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:01:05 EST The lowest lowlights of 2014 With the arrival of the New Year, it's suddenly awards season once again. The Oscars, the Grammys, the Golden Globes and countless other “ceremonies” will soon be gracing our TV screens in rapid succession and reminding us of all the... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:01:09 EST What will 2015’s economy look like? Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. Understandably, people want some insight into how the economy will perform. Of course, no economist can predict every individual's economic outlook. Instead, what we do is try to... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:01:04 EST Virtual charter schools recommended in spite of serious academic and financial questions Despite major concerns and numerous unanswered questions, a special committee appointed by the State Board of Education recently recommended approval of both applicants seeking to create virtual charter schools in North Carolina. While the concept of... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 07:01:06 EST Fifteen to watch in 2015 No matter how good the crystal ball, it is impossible to predict what will happen in 2015. Perhaps it will be easier to identify the people likely to either make or respond to North Carolina news events. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:46:03 EST Helping poor children A new report about child and family poverty from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ought to be required reading for new and returning state lawmakers and Governor Pat McCrory and his staff ought to take a long hard look at it too. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:00:12 EST Tech report: Solar powered planes As I started working on this column, the report surfaced that wreckage parts and bodies had been recovered from the recent AirAsia plane crash.It is, no doubt, a sad time for the families and friends of those that were lost. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:16:10 EST