Even as some states and localities are reopening businesses and public spaces, it is likely that the COVID-19 pandemic will still be with us come the November election.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article “Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?”

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020

The General Assembly’s now settled in for its “short” session. It has already dealt with some of the most urgent business concerning response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant portion of special federal funding North Carolina received.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Animal lovers were no doubt pleased to hear the announcement about the five new red wolf pups born in the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro on April 21. Three are males and two females; they and their mother, named Piglet, are all healthy.

Barack Obama is a lawyer, so it was stunning to read that he ventured into the Michael Flynn case in a way that misstated the supposed crime and ignored the history of his own administration in targeting Mr. Flynn. Since the former president chose to offer his legal views when he didn’t need to, we wonder what he’s really worried about.

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When Gov. Roy Cooper announced on May 8 he was lifting the first set of COVID-19 restrictions as part of a three-phase plan to reopen North Carolina’s economy, he said the state would need to meet certain benchmarks over the coming two weeks in order to proceed to Phase Two of the easing plan this coming Friday.

Americans are paying a fearsome price for the government’s strict lockdowns of American life and commerce, and now comes evidence that targeted lockdowns aimed at protecting those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus would be better for public health and the economy.

The aftermath of Wisconsin’s recent in-person election should encourage North Carolina’s lawmakers to act favorably on the State Board of Elections’ requests for major changes in how we hold the November election here.

Every death from the novel coronavirus is its own particular tragedy. So it’s easy to get overwhelmed as the number of confirmed infections in the United States climbs to 1.2 million and the death toll pushes past 70,000 — with some states having not yet reached their peak.

More than a fifth of the 55,000 known COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding communities and the public in the dark.

The Affordable Care Act has cost taxpayers a bundle, and now the Supreme Court says they are on the hook for billions of dollars in additional payments to insurers even though Congress never appropriated the money. The ruling will be even more expensive if it encourages more lawsuit demands for unappropriated funds from other statutes.

Gov. Roy Cooper said last week that the state will ease out of lockdown in phases. Government and public health officials will look at several benchmarks on how the state is handling the novel coronavirus before fully reopening the economy.

Public fatigue with stay-at-home orders to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable and understandable. Not understandable, nor forgivable, is the president of the United States inciting disrespect for his own government’s guidelines, which are unquestionably essential for the public health.

It’s no secret that Hollywood celebrities and their ideological counterparts in the mainstream media despise President Trump. In the runup to the 2016 election, that contempt spilled over to his supporters. The “basket of deplorables” as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton labeled them, were painted with the same rabid gun-toting, religious zealot, racist brush. In the elitist view, stereotypes are fine if they are used to defame people one doesn’t like.

Moral Monday protesters once regularly marched on North Carolina’s Legislative Building demanding better teacher pay and Medicaid expansion. Now we have people who plan to protest every Tuesday against the mandatory business closures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

So much for triangulating. After Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential run, Joe Biden waited barely 24 hours before racing to bolster his progressive bona fides. Biden said on Thursday he plans to make 60-year-olds eligible for Medicare, while erasing undergraduate student debt for middle-class borrowers.

As states across the country approach the back half of stay-at-home orders — and as many report better-than-expected case counts and death totals — there’s new momentum for Americans to return to work.

North Carolinians are eager to get back to work. We’re itching to get back to our lives: Going to concerts and shows; hitting the gym; attending athletic events; watching our kids play sports, dance at proms, graduate. Just doing the normal stuff.