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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 ...


    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...


    Ebola didn’t have to kill my uncle

    Our nation will never mourn the loss of my uncle, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was in this country for the first time to visit his son, as my family has. But our nation and our family can agree that what happened at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas must never happen to another family.


    Democracy in danger: Slide toward plutocracy may not stop until we take our rights seriously

    By both legal and illegal maneuvers, other democratic leaders around the world managed to create systems of quasi-electoral processes that made certain they would be perpetually in power. I fear that current elected officials have begun a similar campaign that will result in giving them immeasurable...


    Sex, birth control and laying a trap for the poor

    America is turning into a two-track society when it comes to fertility decisions, with high-income, highly educated Americans availed of better and more options. Nearly 9 in 10 young, unwed adults have had sex, which is why subsidies for family planning services make good sense.


    Police make progress in Fayetteville shooting death against big odds

    The police earn big cheers for this one: Five young men are in jail, facing charges related to the Sept. 27 murder of 16-year-old Joseph Braxton III. The cops caught them with little help from the public. They did it with good police and forensics work.


    Barack Obama, disappointer in chief

    Barack Obama isn’t the first president to fail to meet expectations – and he won’t be the last. But he has come to embody something else, too: the risks and travails of reaching for greatness in the presidency without the crisis, character and capacity necessary to achieve it...


    The fictitious 'war on women'

    Access to contraception has been a constitutional right for 49 years (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965). The judiciary has controlled abortion policy for 41 years (Roe v. Wade, 1973). Yet the Democratic Party thinks women can be panicked into voting about mythical menaces to these things.


    FEC veteran laments ‘dark money’ in elections

    Ellen Weintraub of the Federal Elections Commission says the kind of anonymous money flooding North Carolina’s US Senate race is hurting the democratic process and making it hard for ordinary people to be heard.


    NC market needs and a patient investment in higher education

    Gov. Pat McCrory’s formulation – “Universities must adapt to ever-changing market needs” – casts the state as a fickle investor, angling for short-term gains. Today’s urgent market needs are tomorrow’s bygone career, as a lot of former typesetters can...

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