The late television comedian Jack Benny was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money. On one show, he was approached by a robber, who pointed a gun at him and said, “Your money or your life.” A few seconds of silence lapsed, then the robber nervously said, “Well, which is it?” Benny, looked into the camera with his classic pose and responded, “Don’t rush me, I’m thinking.”

Saturday, April 04, 2020

I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. But let’s agree that it is and ask what are the appropriate steps to deal with it.

Friday, April 03, 2020
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At least once each day, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services updates its data on coronavirus cases in our state. To get those DHHS numbers, simply go to the department’s coronavirus page, where you can find the current official NC case count, number of COVID-19 deaths, and the number of completed public and commercial tests. You also can find the number of cases and deaths in each county on a map below.

It’s the sacred right of all Americans to complain about their government — even if they do so in destructive and nonsensical ways.

The first of April marks the point of reference for the U.S. Census, the constitutionally mandated decennial count of all residents regardless of status. Census Day should not be misinterpreted as a deadline to respond, but rather should be taken as an opportunity to learn how informing the U.S. Census Bureau about the details of your household will benefit our state, your community and, most importantly, you and your family directly.

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COVID-19 has changed our lives, our society and the world dramatically in a very short time, and likely in some ways that will be permanent. For some, these changes are an inconvenience. For others, they can be far more serious.

Over the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the number of cases requiring hospitalization won’t shoot far above the maximum capacity of hospitals and other health providers.

Nancy Pelosi has to be one of the most disgusting humans on the planet, as she attempted to utilize the coronavirus pandemic politically to extort some ludicrous “green new deal” provisions during the relief bill negotiations, none of which had anything at all to do with the fact that thousa…

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The COVID-19 pandemic is altering many dimensions of our national life: economic, social, political. But it cannot be allowed to infect the health of our democracy or weaken the ability of every American to cast a ballot in November.

Editor’s note: Pediatricians David N. Collier K. Drew Baker wrote the following letter for youngsters to about the pandemic to promote understanding and acceptance of key measures for prevention and to reduce anxiety.

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The line outside Costco wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building. Only a few at a time were allowed inside to keep the store from overcrowding. This seemed ridiculous. Why would so many stand in a drizzling rain for so long? Was it because they heard Costco had toilet paper?

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The precise course of the COVID-19 outbreak and its medical, social, and even political consequences are impossible to know at this writing. But there is at least one thing state lawmakers and other policymakers can take for granted: North Carolina’s economy is in recession.

Recently, a WRAL television newscaster reported news about the spread of the coronavirus. He commented, “What did we do?” — implying, “What did we do to deserve this terrible malady, adding to recent tornadoes, floods, fires, etc.?”

For most people, the measures required to cope with the coronavirus epidemic are inconvenient and stressful. But for restaurants and bars, the effect is severe and quite possibly disastrous. Being forced to close their doors to patrons not only will cost them revenue, but is likely to put some at risk of closing for good.

For 50 years, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has empowered local communities to demand that the federal government make smarter decisions and reinforced the principle that public dollars be spent wisely with public input.

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As North Carolina and other states inch toward increasingly draconian measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all weighing the potential costs of both underreaction and overreaction.

By invoking the Defense Production Act, which “authorizes the president to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders and to allocate materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies,” U.S. President Donald Trump has declared himself America’s economic dictator.

The following piece is advice from six former North Carolina Health Directors: Robin Gary Cummings, M.D.; Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH; Jeff Engel, M.D.; Laura Gerald, M.D., MPH; Ron Levine, M.D., MPH; and Hugh Tilson, M.D., DrPH. It was first published by Capitol Broadcasting Company.