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    UNC faculty reservations with Hussman “core values statement” should raise concerns

     Impartiality means reporting, editing, and delivering the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without personal opinion or bias. Credibility is the greatest asset of any news medium, and impartiality is the greatest source of credibility. To provide the most complete report, a news organization must not just cover the news, but…
    Bob Luebke, July 22, 2021
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    Covid and Wealth

    The uncertainty that arose at the beginning of the pandemic led many to fear we were headed toward a 2008 economic environment. Thankfully, according to some measures, Americans have created more wealth over the past year than they lost during the Great Recession, as the chart below indicates. In 2020,…
    Brooke Medina, June 30, 2021
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    HB 951, Modernize Energy Generation: what’s it going to cost?

    How much will it cost? A proposed committee substitute for House Bill 951, Modernize Energy Generation was introduced and discussed in the NC House last week. It’s a 47 page complicated, dense proposal to modernize NC’s energy generation and  make substantive changes to generation, ratemaking and investments in energy…
    Becki Gray, June 21, 2021
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    How to set a budget target

    The Taxpayer Bill of Rights proposed in SB717 includes language that, if adopted, would preempt the kind of debate currently raging between the Senate and House over how to calculate the spending limit for a year. It would be a good addition to statute regardless what happens with…
    Joseph Coletti, May 27, 2021
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    The inevitable loss of black lives didn’t bother Ezra Klein last year, but the possible loss of votes for Democrats is worrying him now!

    The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 sparked an extraordinary wave of anti-police protests. While most of those protests were peaceful, many turned violent as protestors and/or interlopers resorted to looting and rioting. Billions of dollars worth of property was stolen or destroyed, buildings were burned to the…
    Jon Guze, May 25, 2021
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    Case for Stopping Opportunity Scholarship Expansion Lacks Facts — and Support

    A scam. That’s what a recent Raleigh News & Observer editorial called Republican legislative proposals to expand eligibility for the state’s popular Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). Strong words. But then editors say it’s all part of a plan to break confidence in the public schools. so the argument goes.
    Bob Luebke, May 14, 2021
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    ‘Reckless’ Texas doing just fine

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online explores conditions in Texas, which has led the way in reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When Texas governor Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate on March 2, he was simply leaving it up to individual businesses to decide whether they wanted…
    Mitch Kokai, May 6, 2021
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    That didn’t age well!

    Exactly one year ago, in How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?,  The New York Times provided detailed projections of how long it would take  to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine. The chart that appears above was what the article said would happen if the process followed the usual path. Even…
    Jon Guze, April 30, 2021