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I was in New York City once for a long weekend. And because I am an early riser, I found myself on the sidewalks of Times Square long before they began teeming with tourists and New Yorkers headed to …
A Cato Institute white paper recommends eliminating the Food and Drug Administration's power to require prescriptions in order to purchase medicines. The think tank's researchers say federal prescription requirements drive up drug prices and push patients toward less safe over-the-counter alternatives.

Prescriptions aren't making patients safer

Illnesses are ignored and chronic conditions go untreated as the coronavirus crisis conspires to keep Americans away from their family doctors. More than a third of primary care physicians had …
John Hood

Good news on the state budget

RALEIGH — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 recession in March, North Carolina policymakers have been watching government revenues and expenditures carefully. How big a hole would the …
John Hood

It’s time for Cooper to make deals

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has just been reelected. It’s an outcome his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory, were unable to accomplish. A sweet as that …

It’s best not to get in God’s way

Have you ever thought about getting in God’s way? To start, let’s look at a familiar passage, from Romans 12:17-21. Paul starts this way: “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good …

Some final thoughts on this year’s elections

A friend conceded that President Trump “could” challenge the vote county in states where he fell just short, including Georgia and Pennsylvania. His question was whether Trump “should” do …
Co-owned by right-wing commentator Dan Bongino and hyped by Fox News host Sean Hannity, Parler isn’t shy about courting conservatives. Yet it styles itself as a nonpartisan platform that’s fighting censorship and cancel culture by upholding high-minded ideals about free speech.

Parler falls short on lofty free speech promises

In four days, a once-obscure social network that’s been around since 2018 saw its user base swell by 4.5 million people, claimed the top spot on smartphone app download charts and trolled …
John Hood

NC Dems threw away their best shot

RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats thought the stars had aligned for smashing victories in 2020. A controversial Republican president was atop the GOP ticket. Gov. Roy Cooper was posting …
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