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  • ‘Similar to a large sidewalk’

    What am I describing? Greensboro’s $26 million Downtown Greenway? Close, but no. I’m describing Charlotte’s proposed Fairview Trail, described by the Uptown Paper of Record as the biggest project in an estimated $80 million remake of the South Park neighborhood in order to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists: The…
    Sam Hieb, February 19, 2018, 254 words
  • Professor’s plight reveals problems with faculty accountability at UNC-Wilmington

    Professor Lou Buttino documents in a Martin Center column his disturbing encounter with the university’s bureaucracy in connection with a dispute with a fellow faculty member. In my 45 years of teaching I have never filed an academic complaint against another faculty member—nor has one ever been filed against…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018, 343 words
  • Estimate: Only two states have more home schoolers than NC

    Estimating the number of home-school students is more art than science.  While North Carolina’s Division of Non-Public Education takes a systematic approach to counting the number of home schools and students in the state, few other states do. Every year, the A to Z Home’s Cool website publishes…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2018, 96 words
  • Gilder shares concerns about the economic future

    Rich Karlgaard of Forbes interviews technology prophet George Gilder about the long-term outlook for technology innovation. Q: Is technology progress accelerating or decelerating at the level of society? Gilder: It’s continuing to advance, accelerating in some areas, such as cryptography and sensors, and bogging down in others,…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018, 328 words
  • Forbes identifies two key economic challenges

    Steve Forbes devotes his latest Forbes magazine column to a pair of obstacles that threaten economic growth. TWO BIG THINGS threaten the improving U.S. economy: a weak dollar and trade protectionism. Both routinely seduce policymakers, and both always result in bitter aftermaths with terrible political consequences. Yet some…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018, 286 words
  • School choice and the federal government

    Andy Smarick writes for the American Enterprise Institute that school choice supporters should resist the temptation to turn to the federal government for help. School choice advocates were heartened by the ascent of a president who supports their cause and an education secretary who has advocated for it…
    Mitch Kokai, February 19, 2018, 231 words
  • Energy poverty and the painful truth about energy efficiency programs’ impact on the poor

    The underlying issue is that everyone, rich or poor, needs energy. It is a basic human need, so anything that makes it more expensive will disproportionately harm the poor more.
    Jon Sanders, February 16, 2018, 692 words
  • Tucker Carlson’s UNC speech

    News & Observer reports Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson will be the featured speaker in a distinguished lecture series at the UNC School of Media and Journalism in April and—do I even need to say it?—-the school’s social media accounts have been bombarded with protests: nnouncement that the conservative…
    Sam Hieb, February 16, 2018, 475 words
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