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    Guns and the dangers we know

    Put aside the question of whether I was a knucklehead for knocking on a stranger's door and asking for my iPhone back. Isn't there a larger question of why we tolerate a society so bristling with guns that such a quest may be perilous? Aren't we all knuckleheads for tolerating such a threat?

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    Science, sea level and NC lawmakers

    Most members of the science panel studying sea levels along North Carolina's coast are scientists. This might not have been expected two years ago when Republican state legislators decided they would rather stick their heads in wet sand than accept dire forecasts of devastating sea-level rise.

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    North Carolinians ready to give children a strong start

    Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters – 86 percent of North Carolina voters – say making sure children get a strong start in life is a top priority for the state, second only to the economy and far ahead of reducing taxes.

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    The free and fastest way to strengthen public schools: establish discipline

    A lack of discipline and minimal consequences for misbehavior in our public schools have the biggest negative effect on classroom performance. Interestingly, discipline is defined as “training to act in accordance with rules” but also as “to punish in order to control.”...

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    How doubt often forges a deeper faith

    While certainty frequently calcifies into rigidity, intolerance and self-righteousness, doubt can deepen, clarify and explain. Mother Teresa doubted. Now there’s Most Rev. Justin Welby causing a firestorm

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    NC voters will decide whether to expand nonjury trials

    In November, North Carolina voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to fundamentally change how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, but neither the media nor advocacy groups have paid much attention. North Carolina is the only state that does not let a defendant &#...

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    Working together in NC for reproductive, sexual justice for all

    Sexual orientation, gender identity, intimate partnerships and reproduction are fundamental components of our human lives. They form inextricable linkages between the LGBTQ and abortion rights movements, and yet we do not always march together; our messages and strategies don’t always encompass...

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    One ACA success story on reining in health care costs

    One Obamacare provision rewards doctors for keeping their patients healthy. Participation in the program requires primary care doctors to create networks, called accountable care organizations, or ACOs, to better coordinate patient care. These networks are reimbursed for delivering high-quality ...

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    Safety initiatives wrongly focused only on college students

    The well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs – that is, children who go to college. It’s hard to believe that sexual predators roam more freely...

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    Restoring humility in a show-off society

    Chiding the rich for their vulgarity may not be as offensive as lecturing the poor on their moral failings, but it’s just as futile. Human nature being what it is, it’s silly to expect humility from a highly privileged elite. So if you think our society needs more humility, you should...

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