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    Calling all NC veterans to get out and vote

    Rarely is an election so important for our veteran community. The Department of Veterans Affairs has faded from the headlines after a summer of revelations regarding secret wait lists, months-long waits for doctor’s appointments and veterans dying while waiting for care.

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    Krauthammer: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander to his own government

    Obama’s shows of calculated outrage – and thus distance – are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government. Obama seems to enjoy the monarchial parts, but when it comes to the actual business of running...

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    Ebola and its many American fear factors

    Critics point out that many Americans are behaving hysterically, all out of proportion to the scientific risks of Ebola. But they misunderstand what’s going on here. Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited...

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    When NC testing turns learners with disabilities into liabilities

    Our newest education reform to test kids and rank them by their proficiency scores is leaving some of our students behind. It becomes especially troublesome when it comes to students with specific learning disabilities. When we constantly remind everyone how “low performing” a group...

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    United in justice for NC eugenics victims

    The compensation statute should be broadly construed to recognize that county welfare workers were acting under color of state law and in harmony with North Carolina’s eugenics policy and that anyone who was victimized by those local agents are the very people to whom this compensation statute...

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    Why the antagonism against Airbnb? Government should help helpers

    State and local governments have met Airbnb with antagonism, seeking to limit its operations or shut it down. Just this week, the attorney general of New York issued a report insisting that a majority of Airbnb’s operations in New York City are illegal. Uber, Lyft and similar services that...

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    Monica Lewinsky and lessons in surviving cyber shame

    Few of us will be subjected to a Monica Lewinsky-level public shaming. But many of us, and many of our children, will suffer Internet-enabled slings and arrows. Since Lewinsky’s moment, the mechanisms for humiliation and the venues for abuse have multiplied. Imagine her episode in the age...

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    When cruelty comes to the fair, NC should stop it

    The NC State Fair is meant to support best practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. The deliberate torture, or “soring,” of Tennessee walking horses to force the artificial, high-stepping “big lick” gait is the antithesis of best practices and is contrary to everything...

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    Money, mental health care, Medicaid and what works for NC

    Mental illness and addiction are equal opportunity maladies. They strike rich and poor, young and old, famous and anonymous. Any comprehensive approach to treating mental illness must address huge gaps in both private and public insurance coverage that put optimal treatment out of reach for far ...

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    Police stops, brake lights and ignorance of the law

    The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure. It’s come to mean that a police officer needs a good reason to stop a vehicle – he can’t do so just because he doesn’t like the looks of the driver. Making an improper stop creates a poisoned tree from...

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