Opinion

Op-Ed

Two fathers waiting. One is dead. The difference that mattered

After the death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, we must recognize that race fundamentally shapes our interactions, that it shapes the decisions of police offers to trust one person and not another, before they know anything else. We must push for change in a system that has failed to address the problem.

Op-Ed

The Hyde Amendment on abortion: four decades of injustice

Momentum is building in Congress to overturn the Hyde Amendment. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, introduced in Congress last year, holds that government should not be meddling in private abortion decisions between a woman and her physician.

Op-Ed

A presidential campaign where facts, logic and history don’t matter

This campaign is sinking to somewhere between zany and totally insane. Take the most striking – and overlooked – moment of Donald Trump’s GOP convention speech. He actually promised that under him, “the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon – and I mean very soon – come to an end.” Not “be reduced.” End.

Op-Ed

Trump as president? How could we?

How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying enough rent to the U.S. landlord? How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying enough rent to the U.S. landlord?

Letters to the Editor

Steven R. Levitt: Manufacturing’s future

Regarding the Sept. 17 Business article, “3-D printers can make your shoes, technology customizes your tees”: Granted, such computerized manufacturing technologies are now in their infancy, but, as we have lived it, advances are made seemingly in the blink of an eye.

Letters to the Editor

Neal Harrington: Public nuisances

Regarding the Sept. 28 news article “North Hills expansion plan draws concerns about traffic”: So John Kane says speed “bumps” have been successful on Northbrook? Let’s examine this “success.” Since the speed humps on Northbrook were installed in January 2013, the accident rate has gone from six a year for the preceding 3+ years to seven a year since. The speeds observed by the City of Raleigh in 2013 after a 5 mph speed limit reduction and the hump installation decreased by less than 2 mph compared with 2007, with no reduction in traffic volume.

Letters to the Editor

John Radebaugh: Credit unions work for customers, not profit

As details emerge regarding Wells Fargo employees opening thousands of bogus accounts, people are either scratching or shaking their heads at this latest example of questionable corporate action. What would motivate employees to create accounts without consumers’ knowledge? Why would a well-known financial institution resort to such falsehood?

Letters to the Editor

James Kasprzak: Checks and balances

The defenders of House Bill 2 feel we should ignore the objections of other states, of the federal government, of cities and entertainers and academic institutions across the country. They have said we should disregard boycotts by athletic associations, colleges, the objections of Google, Apple and the Bank of America, other large companies and venture capital financial companies. After all, they are outsiders and don’t share our “values.”

Letters to the Editor

Larry Cobb: LGBTQ lives matter in Charlotte

Charlotte’s mayor and City Council eagerly passed an unnecessary and controversial ordinance to create a more welcoming atmosphere to the LGBTQ community. However, they repeatedly failed in their duty to provide constitutionally required equal protection under the law to the black community. Whose lives matter in Charlotte?

Letters to the Editor

Anne Burke: Help for disadvantaged

Regarding the Sept. 23 news article “Campbell law school opens free legal clinic downtown”: Kudos to Campbell Law Dean Rich Leonard for spearheading a new Community Law Clinic in downtown Raleigh to help serve the needs of people often hamstrung with legal problems for which they have no money to address.


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