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The shovel-ready rate hike

Gearino: What’s the functional difference between a tax-funded federal stimulus program and Duke Energy Corp.’s recent rate-hike request?


A dog’s life

Up Front: He came with certified pedigree bearing the seal of the American Kennel Club.


Reworking it out

Capital Goods: Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly were at each other’s throats most of the past session.


Thinking the unthinkable

Fine Print: In recent weeks I’ve found myself returning to the idea that Charlotte-based Bank of America will not survive.



Numbers have special power, not the least their ability to measure more precisely than words.

Taken to the extreme

It appears I have become an extremist. I know this because other people have declared it to be so.

Bending the rules

You don’t have to look hard to find a business owner, be it a big-time developer or a small retailer, with a story about unwanted government regulation.

Face value

Chivalry is not dead, but it nearly killed me. Here’s how it happened.

Green-hued monster

Because I’m a man prone to hopeless causes — that’s what growing up an Atlanta Falcons fan will do for you — I have oodles of sympathy for people who place their faith in the idea of a “green” economy.

Down the rabbit hole

Illegal immigration can do funny things to politicians.

One nation under nanny

President Obama came to town a few weeks ago, and much levity ensued.

Prize catch

Ed Martin, our senior contributing editor, did it once again, this year winning the gold prize for best magazine feature in The Alliance of Area Business Publications Editorial Excellence Awards.

Charging shales tax

I’ll start by noting this minor surprise: An immense amount of natural gas is thought to be in the ground beneath a patch of rural North Carolina, and nobody to date has evoked The Beverly Hillbillies.

Incentives to win

It wasn’t happenstance. Gov. Beverly Perdue, delivering her State of the State address to the General Assembly back in February, recognized a company and its CEO, who stood in the House gallery.

On a dad line

When my wife and I decided to have kids, we also decided we didn’t want them in day care their first few years.