Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:34:49 EST 1800 Seven under-recognized bad decisions by the General Assembly Most of the heated debate this fall about the decisions made by the folks in charge of the General Assembly for the last few years has focused on a handful of big issues, funding cuts to public schools, new restrictions on abortion services, lower... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:08 EST State raised school funding Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan's... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:01:07 EST Polls show tight race for U.S. Senate as election approaches homestretch Elon University released its latest poll results on Sept. 15, which took the pulse of North Carolinians on a wide range of subjects and political figures. The numbers from North Carolina's U.S. Senate contest are surely the highlight, but there... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:00:10 EST The mentally ill are better off in jail If anyone you love is mentally ill God help you, because the odds of getting adequate help elsewhere are about as good as winning the lottery. I speak from experience. My brother is bi-polar. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:01:12 EST Workers gain from freedom When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer — through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms — who stands to benefit? Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:01:15 EST The McCrory subplot in the Senate race The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:35:10 EST New lessons from old wars At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:01:07 EST We may never know how much our children are learning The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year. A more thorough reading reveals the 11-point gain was a result of educators relaxing the scoring scale, making the tests... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:01:12 EST Rush to war A shadowy terrorist group with Dark Ages savagery and Digital Age media savvy beheads two journalists and posts a video. So – 13 years to the day after 9/11 – we're off to war! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:01:15 EST Absentee voting underway for this year’s election Voting has officially begun in North Carolina for the 2014 general election. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:01:12 EST Consensus requires solid data North Carolina's public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:01:11 EST Pathetic reactions to startling injustice The release from prison this week of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, two Robeson County half-brothers wrongly incarcerated for 30 years for a rape and murder they did not commit, has made national and international news and reignited the debate over... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:01:13 EST ‘Most moderate’ and ‘Kay’: Do words make a difference? First of all a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest like a debate between candidates for the United States Senate. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:31:09 EST Gerrymandering: The next ice bucket challenge? Whoever came up with the ALS Ice Bucket challenge deserves to be enshrined in the Marketing Hall of Fame. It accomplished the dual purpose of focusing attention on Lou Gehrig's disease while also raising millions of dollars for finding a cure. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:01:07 EST A Boone-Doggle: Boone cries wolf since 2004 The Town of Boone has been inciting fear of running out of water and flushing money down the toilet. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:31:07 EST Berger’s illogical bluster on Medicaid The folks in control of state government in North Carolina are having an increasingly difficult time justifying maybe the most ill-advised decision they have made in the last two years, the refusal to expand Medicaid and provide health care coverage... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:31:11 EST Consensus growing in support of redistricting reform In today's polarized political climate, it can often feel like the two sides don't agree on anything. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:01:35 EST Another death knell for the death penalty The practical reasons for ending America's status as one of the “killingest” countries on the planet when it comes to executing its citizens (along with Iran, Iraq, China and a few other paragons of human rights) are so obvious and... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:00:11 EST UNC System makes progress When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They've largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:01:12 EST Raleigh’s revolving door That swooshing sound you hear in Raleigh these days is the revolving door between government and private industry spinning away, as legislators and top administration officials are cashing in, taking their taxpayer-funded experience and insider... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 06:01:18 EST