Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:51:56 EST 1800 Voucher scheme is not about helping low income children After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:01:07 EST Letter to the editor My wife and I own a home in Glendale Springs. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:01:08 EST Obama Administration does well The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States. Although not exactly front-page news, this initiative deserves praise from anyone, regardless of political party or economic views, who believes... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:01:07 EST A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court? President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:45:09 EST There has to be a better way to run a state Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the “sine die,” followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, “There has to be a better way to run a... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:31:07 EST The foolish choice for Medicaid expansion When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in the last two years—and there have been too many to mention—the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:01:09 EST Who should decide if a judge is ‘too old’ to serve? At the end of this month, N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker will retire from her position on the bench, which she has held since 2006. Gov. Pat McCrory has already announced that current Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin will be appointed... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:17:12 EST Stick with the winning playbook Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:05:08 EST Voters should be prepared for changes in this year’s elections A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's controversial new voting law is still ongoing, but a federal judge recently ruled that this year's elections will proceed with that law in effect. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:01:35 EST Pay reform meets student needs Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year's state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:08 EST We can simplify our elections The special election in November to fill a Court of Appeals judgeship illustrates how complicated, costly and difficult we've made elections and how we might simplify voting. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:01:07 EST Another loss for Ashe County workers It was depressing to read of Lowes Foods closing its West Jefferson store. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:01:10 EST McCrory scrambling to change the budget he was ‘proud to sign’ The more days that pass since Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:07 EST Commissioners must remove Price I doubt if anyone was surprised to learn of Ashe County Commissioner, and self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen,” Gerald Price's recent arrest. But even I was dumbfounded by his latest idiotic court filing where he “denies his own... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:26:10 EST The most important thing the legislature did The most important thing the legislature did this year is what it did not do.Adjourn. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:31:09 EST Play it safe We don't know what the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly will look like after the November election. Republicans are favored to hold their majorities in both legislative chambers, to be sure, but their edge could shrink a lot,... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:01:09 EST Guarding the henhouse, feeding the beast and real tax reform North Carolina legislators have been to school in the complications and frustrations resulting from tax policy changes. Some of this session's conflicts were a result of changes made to the state's tax codes in 2013. Three lessons can be... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:32:05 EST The ‘rogues’ and the battle for a tougher coal ash bill The most conspicuous failure in this year's largely unsuccessful legislative session was the adjournment—or more correctly congressional-style recess— last weekend without the passage of a bill responding to the massive coal ash... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:05:06 EST Are things that bad? Things are good!Sometimes, like the other day, I want to get up and shout it out. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:48:05 EST Time to rebuild state reserves We don't know what the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly will look like after the November election. Republicans are favored to hold their majorities in both legislative chambers, to be sure, but their edge could shrink a lot,... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:11:15 EST