Daily Archives: November 11, 2015

The limits of Southwest Airlines’ business model

In 2011, Southwest Airlines began service from Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) with seven flights a day to a total of five destinations: 2 x Baltimore, 2 x Chicago Midway, 1 x Nashville, 1 x Houston Hobby, 1 x Orlando. How’s that worked out for them? Not so well. All five of routes of those routes have provenContinue Reading






Yay, Gwen

Last night, Asheville City Councilwoman Gwen Wisler made sense, casting the lone vote in opposition to changing the terms of a loan for the Eagle Market Place development. When I had read the staff reports, I erred in assuming the unqualified term “arbitration” pertained to some form of financial situation, like a pending foreclosure orContinue Reading






Right Said Dave

I enjoyed this article. David Gilbert, a professor of history at Mars Hill University, views taste in music as a personal choice instead of being race-driven. It is forces like marketing and stereotyping that pigeonhole and reinforce imaginary boundaries.






Tax & Regulate & Wonder Why

The local daily had some coverage of the affordable housing forum it hosted. Pastor Michael Woods observed the city is gentrified, something any libertarian think tank would forecast as a consequence of excessive zoning. Hotelier John McKibbon referred to himself as Dr. Evil for creating low-wage jobs, but said a low-wage job was better thanContinue Reading






2016 is going to be a good year for cankerworms in Charlotte

As the company that made Tanglefoot, the goo that you put on bands to catch the female of the species as it climbs up trees in the fall, went out of business. Upside: Scotts Miracle-Gro has bought the formula and plans on starting production early next year.






JLF Files Brief in Map Act Case

Last Friday the John Locke Foundation filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs in Kirby v. NCDOT, a case that is currently before the NC Supreme Court. We filed as amicus curiae (“a friend of the court”) because we wanted to bring certain facts and arguments to the Court’s attention. As I have previouslyContinue Reading






Dispatches from the trail, November 11, 2015

• The State Board of Elections has produced a 60-second video (above) informing voters that — beginning next year — they’ll need to bring an ID to the polls. • At least 18 members of the General Assembly either have announced they won’t seek another term or have left office since the end of thisContinue Reading






Rotterman analyzes the GOP presidential debate for Newsmax

John Locke Foundation founding president and Senior Fellow Marc Rotterman offered Newsmax the following assessment of Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate. “Tonight Marco became the establishment pick, usurping Jeb who was uninspiring and robotic,” predicted veteran North Carolina GOP consultant Marc Rotterman, “He took complex questions and gave answers that Main Street could understand. HeContinue Reading