Don’t overreact to budget numbers

Don’t overreact to budget numbers

You may have read in the past few days that the North Carolina Senate has approved its version of a state budget to go into effect on July 1. Dependin...

May 15th, 2017 |  


What divides us on taxes?

What divides us on taxes?

It was a hot, humid day in 1985. President Reagan was appearing at Reynolds Coliseum. I was in the audience. The arena was not yet air-conditioned. De...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Election isover, can wemove on now?

Can we just end the 2016 presidential election already?It seems more and more as though Americans are stuck in an endless loop that won’t allow ...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Both parties face age barriers

Both parties face age barriers

When it comes to electoral strength, is demography destiny? Leaders of both major political parties often seem to think so.Republicans in North Caroli...

May 10th, 2017 |  


Forfeiture lawis good, butneeds tweak

Years ago, a Corvette cruised along the highway, adorned with “police” insignia and red and blue lights. On the back was this message: ...

May 9th, 2017 |  


Agency mergers can bring benefits

Agency mergers can bring benefits

The past six years have brought significant change in North Carolina government and policy. Conservatives tend to like the budget restraint, tax cuts,...

May 8th, 2017 |  


Arbor Day is areminder treesare important

Trees are the backdrop of our lives.Like the soundtrack to a movie, they set the tone for so much that we do — often without us realizing how im...

May 5th, 2017 |  


Hooray for less taxes, we hope

Hooray for less taxes, we hope

Americans pay too much in taxes. President Trump’s idea to eliminate four of the seven tax brackets is an excellent idea. Most Americans are sic...

May 4th, 2017 |  


Column was way off base

I read with interest and disgust a column by Myron Pitts in The Fayetteville Observer earlier this week. It was what I’m sure he thought was a l...

May 4th, 2017 |  


Swing voters aren’t all alike

Swing voters aren’t all alike

Sports analogies are overused in political analysis, I admit. But for some purposes, there’s no better description than the example of two teams...

May 3rd, 2017 |