Author: Max Borders

 

Getting Greed Out of Government

Greed. It's a dirty word (a deadly sin, even). Some think only government can protect us from ourselves. But this view is mistaken. Maybe it comes from that helpless reflex-thought: "Somebody should do something about this!" We've all had it -- especially recently. And government, like God, comes into our…

 

Transportation: Traffic Jams, Roads Crumble, Reform Stalls

The recently completed two-year budget cycle (2007-08) saw very little in the way of transportation reform. Rumor has it 2009 will be the year of transportation reform. Let’s hope so. Currently, the situation is dire.

 

Energy and Environment: Higher Prices, No Benefits

The recently completed two-year budget cycle (2007-08) was marked by legislation that will make energy more expensive and do little, if anything, to protect the environment. The following highlights some of the major things our General Assembly did and didn’t do over the biennium:

 

Triangle Recycling is Waste, Theft, or Both

Mandatory recycling programs don’t bother most people. But if you thought you were being forced to do something dumb or were getting ripped off—wouldn’t you be troubled? When it comes to municipal recycling in the Triangle, there are only two possible scenarios—either the things we recycle really are just garbage,…

 

Charlotte’s Traffic Woes Aren’t Going Anywhere

Recent media reports about state Senator Tony Rand’s (D-Cumberland) grip on N.C. transportation resources have stirred up the Hornet’s Nest. Despite the fact that old Fayetteville buddies Secretary Lyndo Tippett and Sen. Rand have been content to let road resources get funneled down east for years, all this is apparently…

 

Curing Healthcare…

To cure our healthcare system, we have to look at the system holistically. Just one or two reforms will have a small effect. We need comprehensive reform. First, we must identify the pathologies. Then, we must offer prescriptions. But most reform efforts get this the wrong way around. In other…

 

Talking about Energy: Drill Here, Drill Now

If we want gas prices to be lower, we have to increase supply. People are already responding to high prices by reducing their fuel consumption—and it hurts. We also have to increase our domestic supply. Therefore, we need to drill domestically and do it now. Period. This reality reflects the…

 

Curing Healthcare: First Fix Problems Caused by Gov’t

To cure our healthcare system, we have to look at the system holistically. Just one or two reforms will have a small effect. We need comprehensive reform. First, we must identify the pathologies. Then, we must offer prescriptions. But most reform efforts get this the wrong way around. In other…

 

Gas Prices, Profits and a Silver Lining

At the Shell Station on Sherron Road in Durham, N.C., you would have paid $3.91 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline this week. Many in the Triangle are wondering: “How can oil companies justify record profits when I have to sell a kidney to fill up?” Somehow, they believe,…

 

North Carolina: Save Energy, End Recycling

How can the state of North Carolina do its part to lower gas prices? We should put a moratorium on recycling program. That’s right. Stop recycling.

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