Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 172)

  • State overlords are very precise in determining hospital beds

    Barking madness care of the State of North Carolina: A three-way battle for new hospital beds in Wake County is shaping up between WakeMed, Rex Healthcare and Novant Health. State regulators have determined that, based on growth projections, the county needs another 41 hospital beds. As if they…
    Jon Sanders, August 11, 2008
  • Enough water to last till April 2009

    Back in February, you will recall, the feds were warning us that Falls Lake could very well be dry by now. WRAL reports that, Falls Lake is almost 2½ feet higher than it was a year ago, while demand across the municipal water system has dropped from…
    Jon Sanders, August 5, 2008
  • Gang shooting victims had jumped from a burning apartment

    George Leef’s question this morning (about what a gang member majors in) prompted a search with an unexpected result. The News & Observer reported that “two men walked up on Clarence Grubbs and Carolyn Pittman at 12:01 a.m. as they sat at the gazebo outside of the Wolf…
    Jon Sanders, August 4, 2008
  • What is happening to Raleigh?

    Raleigh was once a leading light among American cities, notable not only for its excellent climate for families and businesses, but also for its innovative leadership that sought to improve city services while reducing the burden it placed on municipal taxpayers. Under Mayor Tom Fetzer, for example, Raleigh’s police department…
    Jon Sanders, August 4, 2008
  • Coalition of We Need Something to Do This Weekend meets

    Per WRAL: A group protesting against a possible war with Iran demonstrated in Raleigh Saturday. The North Carolina Coalition to Stop War on Iran held a march and rally to protest the growing threat of western-led attacks on Iran.
    Jon Sanders, August 4, 2008
  • NPR: Rules Grammar Change

    I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite Onion articles when I read and puzzled over this bizarre headline on NPR: Plan To Stop Right Whale Ship Strikes Stuck Upon first read, it’s hard to tell where the nouns stop being used as adjectives, and on second…
    Jon Sanders, July 25, 2008
  • Cutting the Brainian knot

    Marshall Brain is generally adept at explaining How Stuff Works. When he ventures into trying to explain how things should work, he doesn't do quite as well. In economics, a subject that vexes Brain (q.v., life would be better if we doubled the minimum wage), it is the difference between positive economics and normative economics. In an op-ed in The News & Observer, Brain proposes a way to solve Raleigh's problem, which is defined by Brain as being a place a prospective convention-goer would not be "excited" about. Much more after the break.
    Jon Sanders, July 22, 2008
  • What are the odds the City of Raleigh places a bid?

    MSNBC on the death of a dream in Seattle: City officials decided to pull the plug on the multimillion-dollar self-cleaning toilet stalls and instead put them on the auction site eBay. Starting bids are $89,000 apiece. Neighbors and city-commissioned analysts said the unisex facilities attracted drug users and…
    Jon Sanders, July 21, 2008