Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:01:04 EST 1800 The obvious newsmaker of the year for North Carolina http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150943628/The-obvious-newsmaker-of-the-year-for-North-Carolina It's the time of the year when newspapers and websites and television talk shows are busy with their year-in-review features, looking back at the people and events of 2014 with many of them picking a newsmaker of the year in North... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:01:07 EST The Grinches who stole the tax credit http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150946839/The-Grinches-who-stole-the-tax-credit Governor McCrory and others are advocating the restoration of the historic preservation tax credit. They raise the larger question of how North Carolina can have tax reform (that supposedly closes loopholes) while allowing loopholes? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:00:14 EST Cleaning up coal ash mess will require tough rules, engaged public http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150889333/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150904909/The-devastating-legacy-of-McCrorys-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150889236/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150866732/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150854771/NCs-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150854811/People-cant-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150805223/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? http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150817575/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150805325/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150764794/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150764711/McCrorys-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150768346/Why-the-2015-state-budget-undermines-North-Carolinas-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150738155/Some-simple-truths-about-North-Carolinas-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150716979/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150717017/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150691578/Expand-Medicaid-Nows-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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150691423/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 http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150691048/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... 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