Jon Sanders

Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 203)

  • Headline: “Mom ‘would scrub floors’ to keep kids in private school”

    This article, from WRAL, opens with another expression for how individuals weather an economic downturn: they pinch pennies.1 It’s a lesson in family priorities that ought to impress state budget-writers and depress public school officials (this is how desperate they are to avoid you): Many people…
    Jon Sanders, February 12, 2009
  • What ‘happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate’

    When an abortion doctor “loses a patient,” he’s delivered alive. From Florida: Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy. … Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the…
    Jon Sanders, February 5, 2009
  • Let me be the first to console ECU Chancellor Ballard on his impending firing

    Because he is sure to be fired now, if the UNC system is consistent. UNC officials have for years opposed any attempts to open their executive searches to the public, not even letting them see the names of the finalists. As The Fayetteville Observer‘s Corey G. Johnson wrote…
    Jon Sanders, January 30, 2009
  • Sen. Hagan already takes up a Big Issue

    Under the Dome reports: At a recent pro-choice women’s luncheon, newly elected U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said that she recently learned that the Senate gym’s pool is “only for the men.” But hold the placards: Eva Malecki, communications officer for the Architect of the Capitol, said there are…
    Jon Sanders, January 23, 2009
  • ‘Twas the day of Obama

    Disclaimer: When it comes to Inauguration Day poems, I freely admit I’m no Robert Frost: ‘Twas the day of Obama, when all through the land Every creature was scurrying with an outstretched hand The naive were jostling for position to stare, Knowing that Saint Hope’n’Change soon…
    Jon Sanders, January 20, 2009
  • Common sense on free expression

    My column on the UNC system's use of NC State's embattled Free Expression Tunnel as a wedge to push for new hate-speech codes and the dream of diversity re-education systemwide was discussed on the blog StateFansNation.com, a site for alumni and fans of NC State athletics. Not surprisingly, as their discussion shows, understood what UNC pretends to miss — that the Free Expression Tunnel offers a living monument to America's revolutionary approach to free speech: let it remain free, and let offensive speech be defeated by more speech, not governmental tyranny. (That is so much more empowering than UNC's maternalistic presumption that Oh! These top students in North Carolina, the poor poor dears, are dreadfully incapable of dealing with bad words, can never learn to deal with them, and therefore must be protected from them always!
    Jon Sanders, January 19, 2009
  • Depend upon it, whatever happens with gasoline prices, it’s always bad news

    Over the past month, the fluctuating price of gasoline has provided a good example of Jacob Sullum’s observation that economic conventional wisdom tends to find the negative side of anything and everything, even the cardinal opposite of something previously pronounced “bad,” e.g.: “Rising prices are bad, and so are…
    Jon Sanders, January 8, 2009
  • NC State alumni love the Free Expression Tunnel — don’t tell UNC’s Speech Police!

    I just received the latest issue of the NC State Alumni Magazine, and it has an article on “Things We Love About NC State.” Guess what one of them is? FREE EXPRESSION TUNNEL: Say what you want about it (and on its walls), it’s one of the…
    Jon Sanders, December 23, 2008