Jon Sanders

Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 7)

  • Lockdowns and psychological distress

    About one in three young adults (32%)  under 30 reported experiencing high levels of “psychological distress.” Another third (31%) reported medium levels. Nearly half (45%) reported being “nervous, anxious or on edge” at least “occasionally or a moderate amount of time.” Women and poorer adults were more adversely affected with psychological distress. 
    Jon Sanders, March 22, 2021
  • A lesson from Alexander the Great on occupational licensing

    What would be the "Great" solution to the North Carolinian knot of occupational licensing? It's to go straight at it with a package of reforms in our Carolina Rebound report.
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2021
  • Deaths of despair: AIER research shows huge spike in deaths by teens and young adults in 2020

    More evidence continues to show that government lockdowns and severe restrictions are wreaking havoc on youths’ mental health, with deadly consequences. I found instructive a comment from a doctor in a previous article about child suicides driven by pandemic restrictions: “In an 8-year-old’s life, a year is a really,…
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2021
  • UK research team: “lockdowns serve no useful purpose and cause catastrophic societal and economic harms”

    "The data is in: lockdowns serve no useful purpose and cause catastrophic societal and economic harms. They must never be repeated in this country."
    Jon Sanders, March 18, 2021
  • Move over, plastic straw waste, and make way for masks

    Recently, the trendy response in North Carolina to plastic waste pollution in the Indian Ocean was to outlaw plastic straws here, or barring that, shame or compel restaurants to virtue-signal not offering their patrons straws. Greensboro held a “No Straw November,” for instance. Restaurants from Charlotte…
    Jon Sanders, March 18, 2021
  • A year ago today: the timeline of Cooper’s terrible choice

    Watch Cooper go from telling Council of State members to “stand by for e-mail seeking concurrence…within the hour,” to formally requesting concurrence and urgently awaiting an answer, to telling media that afternoon that he “does not need concurrence.”
    Jon Sanders, March 17, 2021
  • Child suicide, the awful epidemic driven by pandemic restrictions

    "The child suicide is only the latest mortifying revelation showing just how big a toll these policies have taken on us. We must factor this human damage into our analysis when it comes to ending pandemic restrictions; not just COVID case counts."
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2021
  • The NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending March 15

    All things considered, nearly 99.7% of people in NC posed no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone — a virus most had never had and the rest had recovered from.
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2021