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I came across a quote that seems applicable to the proposal from our state's Republican leaders to reduce the already pathetic subsidy to our unemployed. It is William Jennings Bryan's famous quote, "You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."

Modified: 02/12/13 12:10:08 AM

So now hospitals are too big to fail. I applaud judge Terrence Boyle's attempt to hold WakeMed accountable, but without any individual(s) held responsible, nothing will change at the corporate level.

Modified: 02/12/13 12:10:08 AM

The selection of Dianna Lightfoot as director of childhood development and early education was an insult to every practitioner and anyone who cares about children ("Lightfoot quits before starting" Feb. 8).

Modified: 02/12/13 12:10:08 AM

I read the article about Eugene Taylor ("Bringing a soothing rhythm at Rex Hospital," Feb. 4) with tears in my eyes. It took me back to 2009 when my husband, Todd, was in and out of Rex eight times for three surgeries and many long difficult days.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:26:39 PM

I'm writing in response to the Jan. 31 article "Man thrice deported charged in Raleigh crash": The article's placement and lack of broader context serve to distort the debate on immigration policy and its impact on North Carolina residents of all backgrounds.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:36:58 PM

Congratulations on a much-needed and well-written editorial on the evolving scandal at UNC ("Not adding up," Feb. 1). You are certain to hear screams, complaints and lots of push back.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:33:12 PM

Regarding the Jan. 31 article "Red Route ban for N.C. 540 revisited": The Red Route is obviously the worst route for Garner. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DOT officials should get out of their offices and see the amount of economic destruction this would cause. It will go through 13 subdivisions, the award-winning White Deer Park and the Greenfield Industrial Park.

Modified: 02/10/13 02:37:40 PM

It is instructive to compare Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan for funding public higher education in our state with the advice of another distinguished political leader: “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of publick happiness.” That was George Washington in his second inaugural address.

Modified: 02/08/13 06:31:48 PM

Once again I am disgusted by the actions of the General Assembly. They seem to have decided to snub their noses at a federally funded unemployment compensation extension in favor of a substantial cut in benefits to the unemployed. The federal benefit puts $25 million per week into the hands of people who in turn put almost all of it back into the N.C .economy.

Modified: 02/08/13 06:27:48 PM

Statements decrying the recent nipple law are accurate. It was indeed a waste of our legislators’ time. But when they actually produce substantive legislation, the result is appalling. One longs for more nipple bills when they reduce maximum unemployment benefits to $350 a week and refuse Washington’s help in expanding Medicaid. Add this to the governor’s granting significant raises to Cabinet members already making over $100,000, and we get an idea what Republican rule of our state means.

Modified: 02/08/13 06:27:47 PM

I was in tears as I watched Gabrielle Giffords speak on gun control.

Modified: 02/08/13 06:32:47 PM

Recently proposed state legislation – guns in restaurants (Rep. Justin Burr), armed school marshals (state Sen. Stan Bingham) and the “nipple bill” (Reps. Rayne Brown and Tim Moffit) – causes some of us to ponder the wisdom and sanity of our paid sitting elected officials.

Modified: 02/08/13 06:27:47 PM

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