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And, just like that, folks, we’re midway through the month of February. What does this month mean to you? Does it incite you to purchase a Valentine for your loved one, score the best seats for a … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent during 2019. For economists, that rate signifies “full employment.” But that certainly doesn’t mean all potential workers … more
Those who know me know I like politics. Some would say I am kind of a junkie, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to many that I offer my viewpoints on last week’s State of the Union message. I will … more
Anyone who has watched the English Parliament debate knows that — ceremonial forms of address notwithstanding — they can be a fairly raucous bunch, routinely shouting down opposing speakers, … more
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget. Without pointing fingers of blame they urged Gov. Cooper and the legislature to “move … more
RALEIGH — The confusing jumble that was the 2020 Iowa caucuses proved to be a very public disaster for Hawkeye State Democrats, national party leaders, and the campaign of former Vice President Joe … more
North Carolina and Duke Energy have been leaders as solar power has grown as a portion of our energy mix. But in conversations around the state, one impression is hard to shake: Many people … more
The olive oil is hot in the pan. I peel cloves of garlic. I chop the cloves. The scent fills the kitchen, the living room, the dining room. My husband comes into the kitchen. “Smells good. … more
For those of you who told me they missed my column last week, let me just say, thanks very much to the both of you. Last week got the best of me as I found myself scrambling to meet tax deadlines … more
There is poetic justice in the chaos we’ve witnessed in Iowa. First, the Des Moines Register pulled its definitive poll, to which everyone turns as the final word before the caucuses, because of … more
Let me get my soapbox out and begin my rant about the evil atrocity that is those companies, which shall remain nameless, that refuse to give us cable TV and broadband internet. For whatever … more
I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the … more
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