Michael Lowrey

Posts by Michael Lowrey (page 4)

  • Goldberg on the ‘Republican catastrophe’

    The latest from Johan Goldberg on the presidential election, in a column titled “Welcome to the Republican catastrophe”: I honestly can’t get my head around the fact that Hillary Clinton’s closing “argument” in this election is sexual harassment. Bill Clinton’s lifelong enabler has managed to turn this topic into…
    Michael Lowrey, October 15, 2016
  • Yet another example of what happens when government owns a business

    Air India turns first operating profit since 2007.
    Michael Lowrey, October 14, 2016
  • Trump tanks: Hope for Republicans running for the Senate?

    Yes, you read that right. Donald Trump’s rapid fall in the polls so far hasn’t had a negative impact on Republicans running for the U.S. Senate. Far from it actually, as Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight explains: Clinton’s pre-Democratic-convention swoon was matched by Democrats doing worse in the polls. But…
    Michael Lowrey, October 14, 2016
  • An update on NASA’s plans to put Americans back in space

    Per Spaceflight Now: NASA is sure enough that Boeing and SpaceX can safely launch astronauts to the International Space Station by early 2019 to hold off paying Russia to keep flying U.S. crews to the research complex, and one official says a deadline to order parts for new Russian Soyuz…
    Michael Lowrey, October 13, 2016
  • More Essential Air Service comes to Charlotte

    The price of airline deregulation back in the 1970s was the Essential Air Service program, which guarantees air service (within certain limits) to communities that had scheduled air service at the time of deregulation. The program is problematic for many reasons, including that it now relies on turboprops, exactly the…
    Michael Lowrey, October 13, 2016
  • Why so many people die in floods

    For a simple yet very avoidable reason, reports the Charlotte Observer: The 13 North Carolina deaths attributed so far to Hurricane Matthew follow a familiar pattern: drivers’ fatal challenges of water-covered roads and bridges. Flooding killed an average of 84 Americans a year between 2006 and 2015, the National…
    Michael Lowrey, October 10, 2016
  • Why stadiums keep getting nicer

    Simple answer: Because as the home viewing experience keeps getting better, there’s a tendency for people to watch the game at home. To combat that, teams are upping the ante with amenity and services at the game. CNN Money provides some examples of what teams (sometimes with public money)…
    Michael Lowrey, October 8, 2016
  • The Charlotte Observer’s Very Big Story of the Moment

    It’s that time of the year again where newspaper put out Very Big Story of the Moment in an attempt to win press awards. Typically, these involves a multi-part series highlighting some area of government policy that is inadequate. This year, the Charlotte Observer focuses on the North Carolina Education…
    Michael Lowrey, October 8, 2016