Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020

The General Assembly’s now settled in for its “short” session. It has already dealt with some of the most urgent business concerning response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant portion of special federal funding North Carolina received.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Animal lovers were no doubt pleased to hear the announcement about the five new red wolf pups born in the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro on April 21. Three are males and two females; they and their mother, named Piglet, are all healthy.

Barack Obama is a lawyer, so it was stunning to read that he ventured into the Michael Flynn case in a way that misstated the supposed crime and ignored the history of his own administration in targeting Mr. Flynn. Since the former president chose to offer his legal views when he didn’t need to, we wonder what he’s really worried about.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Barack Obama is a lawyer, so it was stunning to read that he ventured into the Michael Flynn case in a way that misstated the supposed crime and ignored the history of his own administration in targeting Mr. Flynn. Since the former president chose to offer his legal views when he didn’t need to, we wonder what he’s really worried about.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
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When Gov. Roy Cooper announced on May 8 he was lifting the first set of COVID-19 restrictions as part of a three-phase plan to reopen North Carolina’s economy, he said the state would need to meet certain benchmarks over the coming two weeks in order to proceed to Phase Two of the easing plan this coming Friday.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Many questions have been understandably raised about how the investigation into the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery unfolded. Why did the Glynn County Police Department not hand the case over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation considering one of the suspects, Greg McMichael, was a former county officer? What part did the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office play in the investigation since McMichael was also a former investigator for the office?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Americans are paying a fearsome price for the government’s strict lockdowns of American life and commerce, and now comes evidence that targeted lockdowns aimed at protecting those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus would be better for public health and the economy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The aftermath of Wisconsin’s recent in-person election should encourage North Carolina’s lawmakers to act favorably on the State Board of Elections’ requests for major changes in how we hold the November election here.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Every death from the novel coronavirus is its own particular tragedy. So it’s easy to get overwhelmed as the number of confirmed infections in the United States climbs to 1.2 million and the death toll pushes past 70,000 — with some states having not yet reached their peak.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

More than a fifth of the 55,000 known COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding communities and the public in the dark.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Affordable Care Act has cost taxpayers a bundle, and now the Supreme Court says they are on the hook for billions of dollars in additional payments to insurers even though Congress never appropriated the money. The ruling will be even more expensive if it encourages more lawsuit demands for unappropriated funds from other statutes.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper said last week that the state will ease out of lockdown in phases. Government and public health officials will look at several benchmarks on how the state is handling the novel coronavirus before fully reopening the economy.

Friday, May 01, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Public fatigue with stay-at-home orders to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable and understandable. Not understandable, nor forgivable, is the president of the United States inciting disrespect for his own government’s guidelines, which are unquestionably essential for the public health.

Protesters and some politicians here in North Carolina and in other states are calling for an end to stay-at-home orders and an end to business closures to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Monday, April 27, 2020

It’s no secret that Hollywood celebrities and their ideological counterparts in the mainstream media despise President Trump. In the runup to the 2016 election, that contempt spilled over to his supporters. The “basket of deplorables” as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton labeled them, were painted with the same rabid gun-toting, religious zealot, racist brush. In the elitist view, stereotypes are fine if they are used to defame people one doesn’t like.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Moral Monday protesters once regularly marched on North Carolina’s Legislative Building demanding better teacher pay and Medicaid expansion. Now we have people who plan to protest every Tuesday against the mandatory business closures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

So much for triangulating. After Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential run, Joe Biden waited barely 24 hours before racing to bolster his progressive bona fides. Biden said on Thursday he plans to make 60-year-olds eligible for Medicare, while erasing undergraduate student debt for middle-class borrowers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Marc Thiessen’s April 19 column is headlined “Taiwan shows antidote to virus is freedom,” which echoes his summary sentence. But the content of his article tells a very different story.