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    May gay marriage mean even more ‘I do’s’ for society, church

    In signing the marriage license and saying, “I do,” couples receive approximately 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in federal law. Most of these benefits come in handy in cases of emergency, such as a health care crisis. In October, for...

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    Obama’s climate pact a coup for China

    The Obama-Xi agreement is a fraud. Its main plank commits China to begin cutting carbon emissions 16 years from now. On the other hand, the United States must double its current rate of carbon cutting to meet a new, more restrictive goal by 2025, in return for which China will keep increasing its...

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    Where humanity fits into US immigration law

    Of the thousands of words written on President Barack Obama’s impending order to exempt some undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, most have dealt with the politics of the issue, not the humanity behind it. What the media have largely failed to emphasize is that Obama&#...

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    Why Obama’s immigration plan is bad

    In 2011, with a few thousand dollars in my pocket, I arrived in the US seeking shelter from persecution and corruption. I crossed the border legally – I had a valid entry visa. When President Obama announced his willingness to bypass Congress and act unilaterally to enforce immigration changes...

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    NC schools must fight Ebola fears with facts, compassion

    Fear and misinformation have plagued the outbreak since the first Ebola patient was diagnosed in the US in late September, and our educators are not immune to this “fear-bola.” Instead of teaching our children facts and compassion about the current events, they ban an assistant principal...

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    The safety part of the sharing Uber, Lyft, Airbnb economy

    There’s a reason we do background checks on the taxi driver who is pulling away with someone you love in the back. There’s a reason the state requires insurance on the mover who is carrying your crystal or might slip and fall on your step. We regulate to protect against things that...

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    Dubai, not democracy, the jewel for many Arabs

    So if the Middle East is a region we can neither fix nor ignore, what’s left? I’m for “containment” and “amplification.” We can only amplify what they do. When change starts or depends on our staying power, it is not self-sustaining – the most important...

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    Nichol: In the wake of NC election results, mourning but no surrender

    In the election, the General Assembly was not rejected for its horror. And whether we actually meant to embrace the tea party legacy, we've opened the gate to years more of its operation. There's no reason to believe legislative aspirations will become less brutal. Each bully seeks to outshine the...

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    Instead of lawsuits, McCrory could have used his veto

    It's hard to keep up with all the lawsuits filed to block legislation passed by the NC General Assembly in the last four years. Various groups have challenged abortion restrictions, redistricting, voting laws, school vouchers and changes to teacher tenure, among others. Only one plaintiff had the...

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    Putting mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement is outrageous

    Solitary confinement can be torture, with serious psychological consequences. For prisoners already suffering from disabilities, the impact can be far more devastating. So it has been for Reginald Latson - an especially tragic outcome given that state mental health officials had arranged, and secured...

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