Commentary - Archive 2010

December 31, 2010

For big-time college sports, late December is more than the season of holiday basketball tournaments and the start of myriad football bowl games. It's also the time for making tax-deductible gifts to the booster club of your favorite college team.

These gifts don't get mentioned much when we hear talk of the excess costs of college sports, but they play a surprisingly large role in the college athletics business, and at considerable cost to the taxpayer.

December 12, 2010

As the traditional media continues to cut back on reporting, other sources, such as blogs and small local newspapers need support to keep the public informed.

December 3, 2010

Associate Professor Donald Taylor argues that Washington officials must work to achieve a long-term balanced budget now and not wait for a financial crisis to force them to do so. This op-ed originally ran in News Observer.

November 24, 2010

The holiday season brings admonitions to "remember the less fortunate," but addressing the causes of poverty requires more than seasonal efforts argues Visiting Professor Rachel Seidman.

October 24, 2010

Academics needs to realize the value of big-time sports for colleges argues Professor Charles Clotfelter.

October 17, 2010

In this commentary, Associate Professor of Public Policy Donald H. Taylor Jr. compares efforts to repeal the health care reform act to the dog catching the car: then what?

September 24, 2010

Assistant Professor Marc Bellemare calls the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for reducing poverty unrealistic. Focus on things proven to work, he says.

September 22, 2010

Associate Professor Anirudh Krishna discusses the causes and risks of living in American poverty.

August 17, 2010

Associate Professor David Schanzer points out how the furor over the proposed Islamic community center in lower Manhattan can hurt antiterrorism efforts.

August 7, 2010

Associate Professor Don Taylor has a proposal to create a guest worker program that could help with Social Security financing.

June 14, 2010

Assistant Professor of Public Policy Kristin A. Goss discusses some of the implications of the pending Supreme Court case on gun control.

June 13, 2010

Five myths about gun control, including the idea that more households with guns make the crime rate go down, are debunked by Sanford Professor Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig, professor at the University of Chicago.

May 23, 2010

David Schanzer proposes a change to interrogation practices to protect both civil liberties and the public.

March 25, 2010

Donald Taylor discusses the core issues needing to be addressed in the health care reform bill.

March 9, 2010

The administration needs to establish a clear policy on trials for terror-suspects.

March 8, 2010

Biologic medicines shouldn't have extended patents.

March 5, 2010

Recent proposed changes by the Wake County School Board don't consider the implications for poverty.

Poverty has been the elephant in the room during debates about Wake County's school assignment plan.

February 21, 2010

Donald Taylor discusses the core issues needing to be addressed in the health care reform bill.

February 4, 2010

The malignant effects of multimillion-dollar bonuses and a proposal for reining them in.

January 27, 2010

The biggest problem with not passing the Senate bill is that it is hard to see how the problems will be addressed later.

January 15, 2010

The health care reform can still be passed into law through a procedure that avoids the possibility of a filibuster.

January 12, 2010

Associate Professor of Public Policy David H. Schanzer discusses actions being taken in Muslim American communities to prevent radicalization among its members and how law officials should support those efforts.

January 1, 2010

Associate Professor of PPS David H. Schanzer cautions against investing too much in technology in response to the Christmas Day bomb attempt.