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    Forget courts: Candidates can call off attack ads themselves

    The barrage of negative ads unleashed by outside spenders hijacks control of election narratives from the candidates. And with big outside spenders lining up to support both Republicans and Democrats, especially in the most closely contested elections, both sides get pounded. Candidates can regain...

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    With NC business incentives, secrecy worse than the spending

    It would be nice if all states could set some common rules that everyone would abide by - one of them being an end to the complete secrecy. If governments want to jockey for position and compete for businesses by offering public money, the public has a right to know what's being done in its name...

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    Why veterans should be free to choose own health care

    Our veterans - more than 750,000 of whom call North Carolina home - have paid a horrific price for VA bureaucracy. The VA is a failure of government design, one that should force us to radically rethink how we provide health care for our veterans. Rather than be forced to use government-operated...

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    Robinson: Have we gone to war again?

    I'd like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I'd like to know why – or why not. I'd like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it.

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    By ballot or bullet: Will US wealth inequality bring reform or revolution?

    Can an economic system that allows most CEOs to make more income in a day than a worker makes in a year – moving toward more in an hour – be morally justified?

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    Putting social workers in high-poverty schools solves several ills

    Thanks to groundbreaking research, we have ample proof that everything else being equal, chronically absent students have lower grade point averages, lower test scores and lower graduation rates than their peers who attend class regularly.

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    Five steps for a reform-minded UNC board

    The university system faces real problems: It costs too much; its academic quality suffers from grade inflation, the absence of a core curriculum and in some cases biased teaching; it is adding administrative personnel rather than reducing them; and the specter of athletic problems still hangs over...

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    The truth about Down syndrome

    The data indicate that people with Down syndrome, and the families who care for them, suffer less than might be supposed. And where Down syndrome does pose undoubted challenges, research into treatment options suggests that there are grounds for cautious optimism.

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    The difficulty of defining what a ‘good’ teacher is

    Good teachers, through advanced degrees and professional certifications, can get better by developing their intrinsic talents for the craft. On the other hand, good teachers can also become bad teachers through a loss of dedication and determination, no matter their credentials. But bad teachers...

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    For Jews, Gaza war brings an agonizing internal conflict

    I agonized over the innocent children killed by Israeli fire. Though their deaths were unintentional, each life lost was a cataclysm. This internal clash between the fear for our lives and the painful reality that innocents were being sacrificed tore me in two. I experienced, what many Israelis ...

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