Rep. Michele Bachmann got it backwards in her surprising retirement announcement. Many of her “mainstream liberal media” critics will miss her, especially the fact-checkers.
When outlining the unalienable rights in our Constitution, Thomas Jefferson was primarily influenced by British philosopher John Locke’s prescription of life, liberty, and property. There is a reason Jefferson replaced property with “the pursuit of happiness.”
RALEIGH — There are many unknowns regarding the proposal Gov. Pat McCrory announced to use competitive contracting to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid program. But what I do know about it suggests the governor is heading in the right direction.
Margaret Thatcher never cared much for feminists and other progressive equal-rights movements. Yet she deserves to be honored by those of us who do, whether we like the result of her politics or not.
I found something on the IRS Web site I never expected to see: quotations from great minds on taxes.
It isn’t normally an introductory topic of conversation between most couples of any age these days. “How long have you been married?” is usually avoided until one runs out of other topics.
Over the last few days an ad was published in The High Point Enterprise offering $10,000 for information about a High Point University student who died last year.
I attend Mass in downtown Greensboro. On two separate occasions, after leaving the church, I encountered homeless people. The first man had plastic bags tied to his bicycle; the bags were stuffed and contained his belongings. I passed him just a few minutes after the church service had ended.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., recently held a hearing to listen to Allison Hickey, the Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary for benefits, explain why the VA’s claims backlog has continued to expand. Miller called for Hickey’s resignation at one point during the meeting. This is just after a Time Magazine writer called for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
Roger Ebert’s death is mourned by many, but I will remember it as bringing down the curtain on a special guy in a special time: He was multimedia before multimedia was cool.
We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives — much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.
RALEIGH – I’m a strong advocate for the user-pays principle in transportation. As much as possible, those who use a particular asset — be it roads, airports, seaports, or railroads — ought to pay in rough proportion to the operating and capital costs they impose.
Should government get out of the business of defining marriage? That’s not a new question. But as conservatives appear to be losing ground in the same-sex marriage debate, some are showing a new interest in changing the rules.
It was gratifying to see/hear Gov. Pat McCrory return to his senses and direct the Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation secretaries to restore full funding for High Point Market in his state budget proposal. Originally, the governor’s $20.6 billion budget proposal would have cut market funding from $1.65 million to $800,000 by the middle of 2014.
Which came first, the rise of socialism in America or the fall of morality? This may be a causality dilemma similar to the chicken and egg, but there’s no doubt that the two are interconnected. To be clear, when I speak of socialism, I speak of progressive government and the dependence and corruption that inevitably go with it.