News & Commentary - Archive 2012

June 6, 2012

The World Health Organization's Director-General recently warned of the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance in the starkest terms: "A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill."

June 5, 2012

New York City's plan to prohibit the sale of large, sugary soft drinks is a brave and provocative policy, one that promotes public health at minimal cost to New York City residents.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement last week highlights the kind of tough regulatory action we, as a society, need to make to combat an obesity epidemic that experts say will cause this generation of elementary school children to be the first in centuries to experience a shorter life span than their parents.

May 27, 2012

Before long the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the health care reform law, a decision that will have tremendous policy ramifications and could reshape the presidential election.

May 22, 2012

The fact that North Carolina’s unemployment rate seems to be moving in the right direction is good news, with the current three-month average rate lower than it has been in some time.

But this improvement ironically puts North Carolina beyond the eligibility threshold for receiving assistance from the federal Extended Benefits program. As a result, thousands of unemployed North Carolinians received their last unemployment check during the week of May 7.

May 17, 2012

Is there solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer? In 2006, 77 percent of Americans polled by the Pew Research Center answered “yes” to that question. By 2009 the percentage had dropped to 57, a huge shift in public opinion. The shift occurred among all political affiliations, but was especially dramatic among Republicans, from 62 to 35 percent.

May 14, 2012

If you saw the Duke Chapel lit up in blue on World Diabetes Day or thousands of Cameron Crazies wearing red ribbons at the Duke-Michigan State game on World Aids Day last winter, you saw the work of Braveen Ragunanthan PPS ’12. These are only two of the projects that earned Ragunanthan the 2012 Terry Sanford Leadership Award.

May 14, 2012

In graduation ceremonies on Saturday the Sanford School of Public Policy congratulated 277 new alumni, including the school’s first PhD graduate. Among the class of 2012 were 165 undergraduates, 63 Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduates and 48 Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) graduates from 23 countries.

May 10, 2012

Five Sanford professors have been recognized for their excellence in teaching and academic research.

May 8, 2012

When we started the Bi-Sectoralists series, our thesis was that the public and private sectors as well as the major political parties had to work better together for America to succeed. To that end, we laid out five guiding principles to help the United States revitalize domestically and compete globally.

May 4, 2012

“How can the government make us buy health insurance?  What gives them that right?” Sitting on my left while our airplane raced above the clouds, Elizabeth was clearly upset about Obamacare. 

She wondered why the bill had to be so long, and why Obama would endorse a plan that doubled her health insurance costs.  But nothing vexed her more than the individual mandate.