The Hill : What the government gets to know about you should be your choice

June 27, 2022 | By ADI DYNAR

Every year, government agents descend on people’s homes threatening them with huge fines if they do not divulge intimate details about their lives. The American Community Survey (ACS) is sent to about 3.5 million randomly selected Americans every year. It demands personal information such as how many beds, cars and phones the household has. I ...


Lunch at Ole Time Smokehouse

June 24, 2022 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

On days when Mark Shirley serves lunch at his food truck, Ole Time Smokehouse, he wakes up at 3:30 a.m. By the time most people in Farmville, North Carolina, are just getting out of bed, Mark’s barbeque has already been cooking for hours.   Good Carolina barbeque takes time.     “I cook the ole-timey way,” Mark says. … ...


North State Journal : Throwing rights under the bus

June 23, 2022 | By DONNA MATIAS

We all know small business owners whose livelihoods were disrupted, if not destroyed, by the pandemic. Ami Hill, owner of Muse Gallery OBX, a brick-and-mortar art gallery featuring local artists and artisans, was not spared. However, she was also not deterred. Successful entrepreneurs have a way of forging a path where none is obvious. Ami … ...


‘The Mother of the Boston Tea Party’ risked her life to defend her property

June 22, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

The Revolutionary War is filled with stories of heroes who risked everything to secure a future where an individual’s right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness was safeguarded against the threat of tyrants.   Our history books tell of the bravery of patriots like Paul Revere and Sam Adams, but there is a … ...


Club 519’s legal fight is over. Now they’re celebrating.

June 22, 2022 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

The pandemic was hard on all small businesses in North Carolina, but perhaps most of all on “private bars”—an antiquated classification of bars in North Carolina from the prohibition era. An establishment is considered a private bar if it makes 75% or more of its profit from alcohol sales. When Rob and Crystal Waldron reached … ...


The Hill : Rein in the governors

June 20, 2022 | By DANIEL ORTNER

If we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that emergency power is easily abused. During the COVID-19 pandemic, governors across the country claimed unprecedented power to combat the virus. Businesses were shuttered, schools closed or moved online, vaccinations were required to eat at a restaurant, see a musical, or even do y ...


A bureaucratic nightmare finally ends for California couple

June 15, 2022 | By JEFF MCCOY

Imagine the unthinkable happens: Your spouse suffers a sudden stroke and becomes wheelchair-bound. Life changes in an instant. Ordinary things—stairs, narrow hallways—become insurmountable problems.  You adapt. You push forward with plans to build a new home with ramps and an open floor plan. The county approves your permit to build. Life is s ...


What is the Clean Water Act?

June 14, 2022 | By JAMES BURLING

The Clean Water Act is one of the more commonly known pieces of federal legislation in America, but the history of the Act, why it was originally passed, and what it actually does is much less widely understood. What is the Clean Water Act, and what does it do?   How did the Clean Water … ...


Orange County Register : California’s schools are reviving the loyalty oath

June 11, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

California’s universities once required faculty to sign an anti-Communist oath. Many faculty resigned or refused to sign on principle, and no one looks back on that history with fondness. Yet California’s community colleges are on the brink of embracing a new loyalty oath. Rather than force faculty to denounce communism, a new policy wi ...