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Friday May 20th

Editorials


Hate speech troubling: Racial slurs on free expression tunnel not acceptable

Racial slurs written on N.C. State University's free expression tunnel last week provided an unfortunate reminder of our dark past and have no place in our society as we look forward to the future. Despite Tuesday night's celebratory atmosphere and the message of unity by the nation's first black president-elect students awoke to the painful reminder that hate that still exists in our country.

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No rooms for rent

We're glad to see more student housing options in the downtown area. The Stonecrop apartment complex being built off West Franklin Street will offer students another viable housing option close to campus. Downtown Chapel Hill has seen considerable residential development in the last couple years but many of these are high-end condominiums that do not cater to students.

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Future ranking uncertain

Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine has just named UNC the ""best value"" among U.S. public colleges for the eighth year in a row" but we must proceed with caution and foresight as we increase tuition and enrollment. UNC indeed provides an affordable yet renowned public education. Total in-state cost is $13700 compared to $23400 at the University of California at Berkeley. Average debt at graduation at UNC is less than $150" compared to more than twice that at Iowa State.

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Obama for president

These difficult times call for a president who can both inspire us and challenge us to tackle the major problems we face. Sen. Barack Obama is the candidate who can best provide this leadership. This is a generational election and we will feel the consequences if we fail to act on long-term issues such as global climate change energy independence and the creation of a 21st-century economy.

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Up close in a special election

As I write the familiar cadence of Barack Obama's voice is echoing through downtown Raleigh. The rally in Halifax Square is so loud you can hear it inside my office building several blocks away. And somewhere down there amid the throng is a Daily Tar Heel reporter.

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N.C. sees dramatic change in electorate

2008 is the new 1992. Sixteen years ago a certain politician from Hope Ark. thought he could win this state. In the closing days of the election" citizens were implored to have the ""courage to change."" A caravan of buses stopped in Burlington and Durham. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was quoted in The New York Times as saying ""our objective interests are at stake"" in reference to an anticipated high turnout among black voters.

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Up close in a special election

As I write the familiar cadence of Barack Obama's voice is echoing through downtown Raleigh. The rally in Halifax Square is so loud you can hear it inside my office building several blocks away. And somewhere down there amid the throng is a Daily Tar Heel reporter.

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True blue student questions fanhood

During the past several weeks UNC students have been part of a significant change from our normal fall semester. Magically our beloved football team has put together a highly impressive first half boosting us into the national spotlight. With our newfound football fame comes a need for some understanding of fan participation.

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McCrory for governor: Charlotte mayor would bring fresh and innovative leadership to Raleigh

In a race that continues to be among the tightest in the state Pat McCrory is the clear choice for governor. More important than specific policy is the opportunity that McCrory a Republican has to change how politics operates in North Carolina. And he has the vision and experience North Carolina needs to address the state's challenges as it experiences massive growth.

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