Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:08:38 EST 1800 Cleaning up coal ash mess will require tough rules, engaged public This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finally release the first-ever rule regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal. For years, communities and environmental groups across the country have... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:01:08 EST The devastating legacy of McCrory’s empty 2013 promise The stories are coming fast and furious now. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that schools in Rockingham County, the home of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, don't have enough textbooks to go around and there's no money to make... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:01:03 EST Lower costs for higher education When my grandfather was president of Campbell College I remember his stories of students who paid tuitions with hams, cabbages or produce from their family's farm. College was a sacrifice in those days, but today it is a financial burden. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:16:04 EST Obamacare working in NC Let me preface this editorial by saying numbers can paint a phony picture. In fact, there are careers that have blossomed out of simply spinning numbers to prove or falsify arguments in the public eye. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:01:05 EST NC’s bad decisions two years after Sandy Hook Sunday marks the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Connecticut when a man with untreated mental illness killed 27 people, 20 of them young children sitting in classrooms, before taking his own life. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:01:04 EST People can’t breathe I did my usual turn on a conservative radio show in Raleigh last Friday afternoon and despite my efforts to direct the conversation toward North Carolina state government matters, it quickly turned to the growing national protest movement against... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31:03 EST Medicaid expansion not impossible in North Carolina State Senator Ralph Hise has an odd definition of impossible. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:01:09 EST Got to pick a pocket? Did Fagin's pickpockets stimulate the economy of London? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:01:07 EST We need triage on Medicaid reform Will North Carolina ever reform Medicaid? After more than two years, we aren't much closer to reform solutions today than we were a year ago. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:31:04 EST Renewing our affection for our hometown newspaper One of the state's big newspapers almost lost a subscriber last week when she received a notice increasing the annual subscription rate by almost $100. It was not so much the amount of the increase that put her in a cancellation mode; rather, it... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:00:08 EST McCrory’s push for energy exploration leaves public drilling for the truth The administration of Governor Pat McCrory blatantly misled environmental groups, the media, and the public last month about a meeting on offshore drilling that included state and federal officials and oil industry groups. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:01:03 EST Why the 2015 state budget undermines North Carolina’s competitiveness State investments in education, health care, infrastructure and other priorities are essential for economic opportunity and quality of life. Yet, North Carolina's 2015 state budget is unsustainable and inadequate. It undermines North... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 07:01:05 EST Some simple truths about North Carolina’s economy It's been said that “success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan” and nowhere is the truth of this adage more frequently confirmed than in debates over jobs and economic policy. For politicians seeking votes, it's... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:01:03 EST The annual ritual of cynically suspending the blame The holiday season is upon us and that means another annual event is here again too, the once-a-year appeal by political leaders to help the same low-income people their policies ignore or punish the rest of the year. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:01:04 EST Back over the river and through the woods “Over the river and through the woods” is the song that conjures up fond memories of holiday trips to celebrate with loved ones. Shortly after the first Thanksgiving early settlers started migrating west in search of cheaper, less crowded... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:00:11 EST Expand Medicaid? Now’s the time The decision last year by the conservatives who control North Carolina's state government not to expand the state's Medicaid program has left an estimated half-million residents out in the cold when it comes to health insurance –... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:01:04 EST Democrats and education One thing Democrats did right this year was push education onto the public agenda. But will it last? And the key question: Where do they take it now? Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:01:05 EST Prudence needed on budget According to the latest monthly report from State Controller Linda Combs, the state of North Carolina has collected about $6.5 billion in General Fund revenue during the first four months of the 2014-15 fiscal year. That's a lot of money. But... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:46:10 EST The quiet life-saving success of the ACA You'd never know it from the overheated political rhetoric of the Right these days, but thousands of people in North Carolina have been signing up for health care coverage since the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act began last... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:01:03 EST Letter to the Editor Analysis of elections is rarely based in a vacuum. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:07 EST