What Matters-Dr. Charles Sikes-Monday, April 24, 2017-39 Minutes

This Monday, Mark brings on Dr. Charles Sikes, past president of the NC Optometric Society, to respond to the assertions made by representatives of the ophthalmologists that allowing HB36 to pass, which would allow optometrists to perform certain surgeries and advanced eye care procedures, would not be safe for patients.

What Matters-Landon Stevens and Donald Bryson-Friday, April 21, 2017-37 Minutes

Mark speaks with Landon Stevens, director of Policy with Strata Solar, to discusses a recent study by Utah State University that found that North Carolina Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) have led to a loss of income. Following Stevens is Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina to clarify the confusion that exists when the renewable energy folks say they have created thousands of jobs but studies show that mandates have cost jobs in the state.

What Matters-Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger (Ret)-Thursday, April 20, 2017- 31 Minutes

Mark brings on Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger (Ret), author of eight books including in Why We Lost:  A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, to talk about the topic at his upcoming appearance on April 25 at the ICON Lecture Series, “Slow Death: Assessing America’s War on Terrorism.” Bolger says that America has been fighting the war on terror and has not seemed to make noticeable progress, partially because the U.S. has chosen to fight this war on the terms of our enemies. For details on Gen. Bolger’s April 25 appearance at the ICON Lecture Series, click here for details.

What Matters-Dr. Sara Stoneburner-Wednesday, April 19, 2017-37 Minutes

On today’s show Mark speaks with Dr. Sara Stoneburner, president of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, about HB36, which would allow optometrists in North Carolina to perform surgical and other advanced procedures, with the exception of those that require general anesthesia and 17 specific procedures named in the bill. Ophthalmologists such as Stoneburner are vigorously opposed to the bill, saying that optometrists do not have the education, training or experience to perform surgery or other advanced procedures on the eyes.