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  • Durham drops the “progressive” ball

    Durham has a national reputation for wacky progressivism, but its credential may get pulled by the local-government Comintern, or whatever organization passes out “progressive” seals of good housekeeping. Durham’s health department has for several years offered “free” flu shots to anyone older than six months. Of course,…
    Locker Room contributor, December 3, 2012
  • North Carolina and economic freedom

    North Carolina does well on the latest measure of economic freedom found in the eighth edition of the annual report, “Economic Freedom of North America 2012” (PDF) published by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The report ranks the 50 U.S. states and the ten provinces of Canada. If…
    Locker Room contributor, December 3, 2012
  • Aren’t judges supposed to be, you know, smarter than the rest of us?

    You can’t make this stuff up. A North Carolina administrative law judge has ruled that the people of Brasstown, N.C., by temporarily caging a ‘possum for their annual New Year’s Eve “‘possum drop,” are depriving a poor, innocent animal of the right to get run over by a…
    Locker Room contributor, November 14, 2012
  • It hurts to see this

    Many of you in Durham will remember the ground-breaking news website that our team at The Herald-Sun developed in 2000 (see below). It won many awards, and, I have to say (and not just because I directed the work on it), was then the most innovative newspaper website going, and…
    Locker Room contributor, November 12, 2012
  • We need concealed-carry bike riders and joggers on Durham’s trails

    Upset about all the muggings on Durham’s American Tobacco Trail, a group of volunteers is patrolling the trail as part of a new Trail Watch program. It’s fashioned after Neighborhood Watch, meaning people watch for suspicious activity or individuals and then call the cops. As we all…
    Locker Room contributor, November 4, 2012
  • The N&O’s gratuitous hurling of stones in its glass house

    The News & Observer today snarkily criticized Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Forest’s campaign for misspelling “responsibility” in a piece of campaign literature: If elected, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Forest says he wants to emphasize education. He might want to start with spelling. His latest campaign flier…
    Locker Room contributor, October 25, 2012
  • ‘Guild By Association’

    My colleague at the John Locke Foundation, Jon Sanders, has an excellent article in his current “Rights & Regulation” newsletter titled “Guild By Association.” He quotes the inimitable Milton Friedman on how the overthrow of the medieval guild system facilitated liberal democracy, and warns that the notion that…
    Locker Room contributor, October 12, 2012
  • Two spit-take inducing columns in The N&O today

    To anyone who remembers how The News & Observer for two years used everything in its journalistic arsenal to undermine and delegitimize the election of the majority-Republican Wake County school board that was elected in 2009, today’s column by Executive Editor John Drescher is a real laugher. The…
    Locker Room contributor, September 29, 2012