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    Focusing on the humans in NC community colleges

    At community colleges throughout the nation, there's a category of classes that combines providing job-prep skills with addressing the human condition. These classes - teaching things like how to write a resume, how to use a computer to search for jobs on the Internet and apply for those jobs online...


    Bruni: Confronting Alzheimer's, the ugly killer

    According to the Alzheimer's Association, an advocacy group, the estimated number of Americans with the disease will rise from more than 5 million now to as many as 16 million in 2050, and the cost of caring for them and older Americans with other forms of dementia could reach $1.2 trillion annually...


    Robinson: A win for the Cuban people

    Establishing full diplomatic relations should be seen as a US gain, not a giveaway. Anything that gives Cubans more exposure to American values and ideals is for the good. Vocal opponents of the Castro regime should be pressing Congress to completely lift the travel ban and the trade embargo. Fill...


    Harrop: Missing society's middle ring of relationships

    Froma Harrop: What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey's warm and loving family. We have close families today. It's not the far-off relationships, as with long-lost school friends. We have more...


    Jenkins: The myth of a 'war on Christmas'

    So, saying "Happy Holidays" is part of a conspiracy to end Christmas? If only I'd known! It's a myth to claim there is a "war on Christmas."


    Avenging the children of Peshawar

    Pakistanis have lived in a state of denial about the presence of terror. When, in January and February 2013, twin bombings killed at least 180 Shiite Hazaras in Balochistan, the country's response was: This is the unfortunate targeting of a minority group. When, in May 2010, an Ahmadi mosque was...


    Getting it right on sea-level change in NC

    Today, anyone with a smartphone can access one of many credible observational platforms and see that sea level has risen measurably over the past few decades and continues to do so. As North Carolina's science panel on sea-level rise and its coastal effects prepares to release its report at the ...


    All the reasons NC must say yes to Medicaid expansion

    One of the best policy decisions North Carolina can make in 2015 is to expand Medicaid coverage. The foolishness of refusing to do so already is confirmed by the release of a detailed new study funded in part by the Cone Health Foundation.


    Krauthammer: The distinction between crazy and evil when it comes to terrorists

    The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves - the crazy and the evil - and the distinction is important.


    Regarding BOG review of UNC centers, what's the counterargument to justice for all?

    The fuss about lack of "diversity" of viewpoint at the two UNC centers on law and poverty reminds me of my civil rights lawyering days when we would jokingly say extremists want a panel discussion on race to have a speaker from the Ku Klux Klan.

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