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    Faith leaders show the right response to migrant children

    While some have displayed anger and ugliness toward children at the border, faith leaders have shown our nation’s better side by welcoming and assisting them.


    A modest proposal: Let our executions match our rhetoric

    The botched execution this week in Arizona of a convicted murderer who spent nearly two hours gasping for air as he died is just one more reason to question the whole enterprise of capital punishment. It is morally untenable.


    Without transit, Raleigh adding density on a foundation of sand

    This month, the Raleigh City Council approved a zoning request for a seven-story building on a 0.18-acre parcel on Hillsborough Street just west of Horne Street. At the corners of Clark Avenue and Oberlin Road, two new four-story apartment developments are almost complete, and another apartment ...


    Giving UNC campuses renewable energy options

    Restrictions make it difficult for UNC campuses to lease solar panels on rooftops or land and to keep and use the clean, renewable power they generate. Looking forward, UNC hopes state policymakers will consider enabling non-utility entities, including the university, to generate and use their own...


    Our passive president outrageously waits for history to handle Putin

    A real U.S. president would give Kiev the weapons it needs, impose devastating sectoral sanctions on Moscow, reinstate our Central European missile-defense system and make a Reaganesque speech explaining why. Obama has done none of these things. Why should he? He’s on the right side of history...


    Jenkins: Raleigh should reject state's latest offer on Dix property

    The Great Dorothea Dix Property Dispute of 2014 has seemed endless, ever since Republicans new to control of the General Assembly nixed a deal between Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and the city of Raleigh that would have provided a long-term lease for the purpose of creating a park.


    Lawrence Evans: Social Security is insurance

    On July 22 you published a letter, “Forced funds,” by the budget director of Civitas Institute, alleging that Social Security is a theft of private funds by the federal government and citing the case of a woman who died at age 67 and didn’t get much back for her payments into...


    Denis DuBay: No border walls

    Thanks to Hans Linnartz (“Choosing to be of thee we sing,” July 22 Point of View) and Maria Salinas (“Why children are risking their lives,” July 22 column) for their opinions on the children risking their lives to come to America.


    Margaret Klein: The TV toll

    Joseph Pearlman made several good points in his July 18 Point of View “Why soccer will never stick.” But he omitted a major difference between sports in the United States and the rest of the world, namely the importance of TV advertising revenue. Unless a sport has frequent breaks ...


    Lane Tracy: The proper tax

    Regarding the July 23 news article “Bill to limit sales tax worries local leaders”: I support increasing the salaries of our teachers and improving our bus and rail transit services in Wake County. But Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane is wrong in thinking that a sales tax increase is ...

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