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While I have been traveling up and down North Carolina’s roads in search of local eateries, UNC Law School professor Gene Nichol has been traveling the same roads looking for something else. I … more
Headphones have recently been banned in our schools. Students have been walking around the hallways with their earbuds, headphones, AirPods and so on, and faculty has had enough. But what students … more
RALEIGH — The average public school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In North Carolina, the average school district … more
I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become … more
As the 116th Congress convenes in Washington, one of the more interesting spectacles to take place will be the seating of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Much has been made of … more
Conservatives at the University of California at Berkeley got an early Christmas gift this year: a victory for free speech. It’s been a rocky road lately for the First Amendment on campus, at … more
While Congress and the president fight over funding a border wall, they continue to ignore the coming economic tsunami caused by the roughly $22 trillion (and rapidly increasing) federal debt. … more
No self-respecting columnist passes up the obligatory prediction column the first week of the year. So here goes mine. The first test will set the tone for 2019. It’s the lingering 9th … more
It’s no great secret that I have a social media presence. A lot of you have seen the “Joe Weaver, Columnist” Facebook page. I also have a personal Facebook page for my friends and family. … more
By now you are probably fed up with people’s end-of-year lists of the worst and best of for 2018. You probably have had your fill of “New Year’s resolutions” wherein the “resolution” … more
RALEIGH — Want yet more one signal that American politics has changed markedly in the past decade? Look no further than the annual report card issued by the Cato Institute to grade the fiscal … more
One of the great privileges of my life has been meeting a few of my heroes, not to fawn over them with stars in my eyes, but to take them off of the pedestal where I’d placed them. Knowing these … more
Under federal rule, all hospitals must post an online listing of prices for all services they provide beginning Jan. 1, the general thought being that increased pricing transparency will accelerate … more
The new year is finally here and as we leave 2018 behind us, we do nothing but try to set goals to accomplish in 2019. That’s right, folks, I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions! As a … more
Is President Trump’s own Department of Justice poised to undermine his commitment to drain the swamp? Unfortunately, with news that the agency is preparing to reverse a near decade-old policy … more
Now that the dust has settled on another Christmas season, let’s review some aspects of the gift-buying and gift-giving process strictly from an economic standpoint with the help of Wikipedia and a … more
The liberal media are up to their usual dirty immigration tricks. This time, they’re exploiting the death of a second Guatemalan child who died while in the custody of the Border Patrol at the … more
In March, President Donald Trump promised the American public that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into … more
Donald Trump and global warming. Not what you would call your match made in heaven. Rather, the pairing hearkens closer to the other location. That hotter destination often described as being in a … more
RALEIGH — As dysfunctional as Congress has become, it does manage to enact some useful bills. One of them, the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, was championed by outgoing Republican House … more
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