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    Ford: N.C.’s grand project: the learning curve

    North Carolina has come a long way from the days when it ranked as a poor, rural backwater. Its grand project has been to overcome the forces of inertia and self-interest holding its people back and to open for them doors of opportunity provided by well-resourced public schools and campuses.

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    Ford: Writers, editors, heroes to remember

    Here’s a final tip of the cap to two North Carolinians who used their powers with the written word to inform and persuade in the service of their state and nation. Both stood against forces that would have held the state and its people back.

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    Ford: Death penalty an option that's lived too long

    North Carolina's death penalty has fallen into disuse, with no executions since 2006 and no death sentences imposed this year. That trend signals a growing recognition that life in prison without parole is a suitable alternative punishment, avoiding mistakes that can't be corrected after someone...

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    Ford: Treasure of votes from GOP maps

    The election showed how redistricting schemes have paid big dividends for the North Carolina GOP. Unless the courts uphold a Democratic challenge to bizarrely skewed voting district maps, legislative Republicans can look forward to at least a decade when they’ll be large and in charge.

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    Ford: Onward as a country, community

    We need a government that, despite the right's anti-tax, anti-regulation zealotry, can address the real needs of those who Mitt Romney suggested were nothing more than burdens to the people who really matter – the fortunate among us.

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    Ford: In character audit, GOP disappoints

    Debra Goldman is manifestly unsuited to be state auditor. Is the N.C. Republican Party willing to take a chance that she might be elected to this key post just to save a few votes for its other candidates? That’s how it looks.

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    Ford: Friday's prophecies haunting UNC

    The UNC system's long-time president Bill Friday spoke for years against the tendency of major college athletics like a parasite to sicken its host. But his warnings could not keep the college sports industry - an auxiliary, truth be told, of the TV industry and the professional leagues - from swelling...

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    Ford: Senate race tainted by GOP ads

    The glossy mailers arriving at homes in southwest Wake County tell a tale in terms of how campaigns are being run these days. It's the Republican Party that must be immune to embarrassment, considering how it's stooping to attack Democratic state Senate candidate Erv Portman.

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    Famous fighters for diverse schools

    If it weren’t for the Wake school system’s diversity efforts and their influence on housing patterns, Raleigh and Wake County likely would look quite different today, especially with regard to the vitality of older urban neighborhoods. And one shudders to think how the community’...

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    Ford: The battle Tata couldn't win

    It must have been hard for the Wake County school board's Democratic majority to view Superintendent Tony Tata as someone who could be counted upon to get with their program. In their eyes, ousting him surely was a bold effort to move Wake's school system toward the kind of executive leadership ...

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